Whoever wants to shape the ­future must inspire those to whom it belongs.

BMW i designers talk to students from the Luisen secondary school in Munich.

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BMW Welt, Munich, 25 January 2012, 1:30 p.m.: The excitement is mounting

They are the experts when it comes to the future: young women and men from the Luisen Gymnasium in Munich attended the “Mobility of the Future” workshop at BMW Welt. They talked with BMW Group designers, asked questions about existing concepts and created their own personal visions of individual mobility.

The future raises many questions.

What does mobility really mean? What will be left of it in a few years’ time, once three-quarters of the global population lives in more and more densely populated cities? Will individual mobility even be possible anymore?

For the young people who attended our workshop, it wasn’t a question of “if”, but “how”. They discussed their demands for the mobility of tomorrow with Manuel Sattig and Daniel Hahn from BMW i. They designed cities with “green” road surfaces and totally new vehicle concepts that could form clusters according to destination. It soon became clear that mobility must remain individual and independent in the future.

Jule Haug “Let’s not just talk about the future of cars. Let’s talk about planning roads and cities better.”

Good ideas provide the answers.

Within the space of four hours, the young people came up with vehicle concepts that ranged far into the future. Their “BMW 41” (“for one”) concept mainly targets singles living in cities – with a hydrogen-powered vehicle that fits into a parking space at a 90° angle. An alternative version allows several units to be joined together to form “car-trains”.

Kilian Frank “The cars of the future shouldn’t just communicate with one another – they should also be able to swap energy.”
Benedikt Ruck “On crowded roads, two-wheelers are an attractive option – and so are the fast lanes they have in the U. S.”
Rebecca dos Santos “Spontaneity will still be important. No one likes to be dependent on a public transport timetable.”
Nga Nguyen “A big car used to be a status symbol. In the future, the most environmentally-friendly car could be.”
Joan Lechner “I want to be able to decide for myself how I’m going to be mobile – and that includes driving a car. But it doesn’t mean I have to own one.”
Kim Fischer “My ideal mode of transport would be one where I could always have my hiking boots and my cool-bag with me.”

The best answers are turned into solutions.

Many promising visions were discussed in the workshop. Manuel Sattig and Daniel Hahn from the BMW Group are currently working on a very real vision – one that will be on the roads within the next year: the BMW i3, the first car developed exclusively for electric driving. The two BMW associates presented one of the first models to the young people at the end of the workshop. Their verdict? “Fascinating.”

The “Mobility of the Future” will answer many questions.

Rebecca dos Santos “A car used to be just a comfortable method of transport. We will have to think beyond that in the future.”
Mai Tran “I don’t know exactly what the ‘Mobility of the Future’ will look like – but it will definitely be exciting.”

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