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Source: BMW Group Experience #NEXTGen 2020 at:ünchen. The BMW Group is writing the next chapter in the mobility of the future. The #NEXTGen 2020 offers the perfect setting for this. The event program, which was launched with great success in 2019, can be experienced in digital formats this year. In a world that is changing more fundamentally than ever before, the BMW Group has set itself the goal of continuing to represent the spearhead of technological development with an attractive product portfolio and the power of choice, to set trends and to play a decisive role in shaping the mobility of the future. As part of #NEXTGen 2020, the BMW Group will open doors that would otherwise remain closed. It shows new technologies and vehicles and gives very specific examples of what the mobility of the next generation can look like – and will look like. In addition to the presentation of highlights from the FIZ Research and Innovation Center, #NEXTGen 2020 will also prepare a stage for the world premieres of the BMW Motorrad and MINI brands. In addition, the event shows the design of the series version of the BMW iNEXT, which will go on sale as the BMW iX at the end of November 2021. Oliver Zipse: “The BMW Group is constantly striving to reinvent itself.” #NEXTGen 2020 is in this Year dedicated to a future that is already within reach. Topics such as connectivity, electric drives, artificial intelligence, international collaborations and the new BMW driving simulation center are ideal for defining the role of the BMW Group in this environment. Because all of these topics are already an integral part of the reality of the BMW Group and are playing an increasingly important role in the development of current and future vehicles. In short: the BMW Group is not only ready for the future – it is actively helping to shape it. “The BMW Group is constantly striving to reinvent itself. That is a central component of our corporate strategy, ”says Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “The BMW iX expresses this approach in a particularly concentrated form.” From 2021, the BMW iX will be produced at the BMW Dingolfing plant. It not only combines all the developments, experiences and innovations that BMW, as a leading premium supplier in the field of electromobility, has gathered in recent years. Its development also shows how crucial artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is already today. The BMW Group currently uses AI in more than 400 applications and in every relevant area of ​​the company, such as development, sales and production. It is also used to process and interpret large amounts of data. AI is the basis for automated driving and, last but not least, for the most natural possible user experience in the vehicle itself. For the realization of another important step in future mobility, automated driving, a technology is essential in which BMW has played a pioneering role since the 1990s : Connectivity. BMW already offers software upgrades and digital services over-the-air for many models. The BMW iX goes one step further. It is the first premium vehicle in which the 5G cellular standard is used. A large number of particularly powerful sensors, from cameras to radar to ultrasound, paired with numerous different antennas from Bluetooth to 5G, artificial intelligence and data-driven services, make the BMW iX a high-performance computer on four wheels, based on the new driving simulation center of BMW Group in Munich. In the most modern and versatile system of its kind, a total of 14 simulators, including a high fidelity simulator and a high dynamic simulator, are available on a total area of ​​11,400 m². They make it possible to bring the experience of driving on the road into the laboratory more realistically than ever before. Virtual collaboration opens up new possibilities. How consistently the BMW Group breaks new ground is demonstrated by its collaborations. For example, previous engineering tools were no longer sufficient for the complex requirements of the BMW iX. This was one of the reasons why BMW contacted Epic Games as early as 2015 and shortly afterwards became the first automobile manufacturer to introduce a mixed reality system in vehicle development that was consistently developed from components from the computer games industry. It is based on the so-called Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games. World premiere for the MINI Vision Urbanaut. With the “MINI Vision Urbanaut”, the MINI brand will present a completely new version of a spatial vision on November 17th at 2:00 pm at the #NEXTGen . Be curious. BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is redefining the scooter segment. Just like the MINI Vision Urbanaut, the second world premiere of #NEXTGen 2020 is also designed entirely for electric driving: the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04. The next-generation development of the BMW Motorrad Concept Under the motto “Plugged to Life”, Link connects the analogue world of the customer with the digital one and is both a means of transport and communication for the urban commuter. Many innovative elements and details of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, which in 2017 appeared to be a radical, future-oriented vision, are now on the way to series production. This shows how far advanced the electrification of the entire BMW Group vehicle fleet is and will be further expanded in the near future. A quarter of the BMW Group vehicles sold in Europe should already have an electric drive in 2021, a third in 2025 and half in 2030. In 2023, the BMW Group will offer its customers 25 electrified models, around half of them with purely electric drive. Modern leadership in many areas. What the term leadership means today will be demonstrated by the company at #NEXTGen 2020 on the basis of many projects . In cooperation with the globally hip streetwear label Kith from New York, BMW M GmbH, for example, is picking up trends from a young, influential fashion scene. “The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i” enables a leap into a new dimension. With the support of BMW i and the BMW Group company Designworks, the Austrian Peter Salzmann completed the world’s first flight by a person in an electrically powered wingsuit. These are just two examples of how the BMW Group sets trends, picks up on new trends and anticipates customer requests. E-drive.BMW Group covers the entire process chain of electric driving.BMW has been a leading premium provider in the field of electric mobility for years and has stood out with its innovative Made a name for vehicle concepts such as BMW i3 and BMW i8. The company consistently relies on state-of-the-art production methods and systems in order to offer the customer a balanced range of products in accordance with the maxim “Power of Choice”, which exactly corresponds to his wishes and needs with regard to the type of drive. In order to further consolidate its leading position, the BMW Group is consistently pushing ahead with the expansion of electromobility and the model portfolio. “With the BMW i brand, we have more than 10 years of experience in the performance of our current fifth generation of drive technology in all areas: high-voltage storage, Electric motor, battery cell, power electronics and charging technology. With this comprehensive expertise in all important components, we will increase the number of electrified models to 25 in just over two years ”, summarizes Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. More than one million electrified BMWs by the end of 2021. The starting signal for the modern era of electromobility at BMW was the presentation of the BMW i3 in 2012, which celebrated its market premiere just one year later. The innovative electric vehicle is also a prime example of the progress that BMW has made since then: the storage capacity of the high-voltage battery in the BMW i3 has doubled since its market launch, with the same installation space. Today, about 13.3 percent of all new BMW and MINI brand registrations across Europe are for models with purely electric or plug-in hybrid drive. The BMW Group assumes that it will be a quarter by 2021, a third by 2025 and half by 2030. BMW and MINI brand vehicles with electrified drives are now available in 74 markets worldwide. More than 500,000 electrified vehicles had been sold there by 2019, and by the end of 2021 the number is expected to be more than a million. The BMW Group has developed all electric drive components in-house. The BMW Group is continuing to achieve these ambitious goals all components of BMW eDrive technology based on in-house developments. The quality of the electric motor, high-voltage battery, charging technology and power electronics components is based on the experience gained with the BMW i brand since 2011.In the future, the BMW Group will manufacture battery modules, high-voltage batteries and electric motors for its electrified vehicles on eight production lines in the competence center for electric drives at the Dingolfing plant Vehicles. In the coming years, the company will build another four lines and significantly increase the production capacity of the site. From originally 8,000 square meters in 2015, the production area of ​​the competence center for electric drive production will increase tenfold to 80,000 square meters. The goal is to produce e-drives for more than half a million electrified vehicles per year in Dingolfing alone by 2022, and Dingolfing can look back on many years of expertise in the construction of e-vehicle components. The high-voltage batteries for the BMW i3 have been rolling off the production line there since 2013. The site has also been producing electric motors since 2015. Today Dingolfing is a prime example of the BMW Group’s power of choice approach. Because thanks to the innovative production system, not only fully electric models, but also plug-in hybrid and combustion models come off the production line. This makes the location a prime example of the diverse possibilities and wishes for mobility today and tomorrow. The BMW Group covers the entire process chain of electric driving. The BMW Group counterpart to Dingolfing in terms of battery expertise is located in Munich. The battery cell competence center, which opened in 2019, covers the entire value chain of battery technology – from research and development through composition and design to series production. The BMW Group is already developing the battery cells of the next generation today. The focus is on customer-relevant functions such as improving energy density, retrievable peak performance, service life, safety and charging properties as well as behavior at different temperatures and cost reductions. In 2022, the findings will be put into practice in the BMW Group’s new pilot plant for the production of lithium-ion battery cells. It is being built in Parsdorf near Munich and is a decisive step in further expanding our leading position as a premium provider of electromobility. The pilot plant makes BMW the first automobile manufacturer to cover the entire process chain of electric driving itself. The core of the BMW e-drive train strategy is the maxim “Power of Choice”. This means always providing the customer with the best and most suitable overall package for their individual requirements. In the field of electromobility, this means above all achieving the perfect balance between performance and range. An important step on this path, which leads to more efficiency and faster processes at the same time, was the development of innovative test methods and test cases. For this purpose, the BMW Group set up the E-Drive system test bench in Munich. It supports the development of new system components right from the start and enables tests of all conceivable driving maneuvers. To do this, the highly dynamic load machines generate any number of simulations for roll, air, incline, acceleration and inertia resistance – regardless of whether in sun, snow, rain or wind, on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife or in the city center. All of this is possible around the clock, every day. If necessary, the system even allows a test drive to be carried out from home. Development work in the field of electric drives at BMW not only never stands still – it is also progressing faster and faster. This is also ensured by the E-Drive system test bench with its most impressive feature. It makes it possible to test even those components that are not yet available as a finished haptic product at the time of the test. They are simulated as virtual components in the test bench. Together with increased efficiency, this shortens the development time for innovations by up to 1.5 years. Fifth eDrive generation: great advantages in production and sustainability. BMW is currently using the fifth generation of its own eDrive technology. Highlights of the so-called highly integrated e-drive components include the absence of rare earths, the compact design by combining the e-motor, gearbox and power electronics in one housing, and flexible scalability thanks to the modular structure. The drive system is compatible with all vehicle concepts and is available in different power levels for different models. The eDrive technology will also be used in the BMW i4 and BMW iX models from 2021. As a pioneer in the field of sustainability, the BMW Group has contractually agreed with its suppliers that only green electricity will be used in the production of the fifth generation of battery cells. With increasing volumes, the use of green electricity will ensure that around ten million tons of CO2 are saved within the next ten years. By way of comparison: this is roughly the amount of CO2 that a city of millions like Munich emits each year. “The BMW Group is already developing new vehicle concepts that will help shape the future of electromobility. Because the electric drive is not only a technical innovation and a sensible step towards more sustainability – it also has the potential to take driving pleasure to a new level, ”says Martin Schuster, Head of E-Drive Development. The so-called power BEV test vehicle is currently providing this evidence behind closed doors. He explores what is technically feasible. Three fifth-generation electric motors with a maximum system output of more than 530 kW / 720 PS were installed in a current BMW 5-series production vehicle. These three drives were integrated in the passenger compartment without restrictions and ensure extreme longitudinal and transverse dynamics. The prototype has two separately controllable e-machines on the rear axle, which offer pure driving fun through e-torque vectoring and thus make the typical BMW driving pleasure with e-drive a completely new and intense experience. Connectivity, networking, computing power , Data processing and intelligence at the highest level. The principle of swarm intelligence is mainly known from bees. The individual members of a beehive interact and communicate with one another – they also make intelligent decisions as a cooperating overall organism, for example when looking for a nesting place or the most efficient way to a source of food. Such decisions based on information from the swarm are in some cases significantly better than the intelligence of an individual. The same principle underlies an important aspect of connectivity at the BMW Group. Christoph Grote, Senior Vice President BMW Group Digital Car, explains: “Our customers are already benefiting directly from the swarm intelligence of our networked fleet. The intelligent vehicles with their sensors collect information on, for example, traffic, parking spaces, dangerous situations or traffic signs. This data is anonymized, aggregated and evaluated using machine learning in the BMW Cloud. Relevant information is fed back to the vehicles depending on the situation. This means that the collective knowledge of 14 million others is available to the individual vehicle and the swarm knows more in some ways than humans can even know. ”Digital vehicle platform. The decisive difference is the high degree of networking in the BMW vehicle fleet. BMW can look back on a wealth of experience from more than 20 years of connectivity. The company installed the first SIM card in a vehicle as early as 1997 and later paved the way for networked and more individual mobility with BMW ConnectedDrive. The development until today has been rapid. The new digital platform that will be introduced with the BMW iX sets new standards in terms of connectivity, performance and intelligence. If all vehicle functions are active in the vehicle under full load, the data flow to be processed in the on-board network is ten to a maximum of 20 times as large as in the current vehicle generation and is up to 30 Gbit / s. This is made possible because Gigabit Ethernet technology is being used for the first time in a BMW. For comparison: the on-board network of the BMW iX can transfer the data volume of a complete DVD in just over a second. The lion’s share of the increase in the amount of data comes from the improved vehicle sensors and is required for the driver assistance systems. A large number of particularly powerful sensors, paired with more than 30 antennas, as well as a highly centralized architecture in which the complex software functions are bundled in a handful of central high-performance computers, make the BMW iX a digital top performer on four wheels. The modular technology system used for the first time in the BMW iX enables new, highly complex vehicle functions. Networking as a trailblazer. This is the basis for the impressively fast processing of the data obtained. Part of this data, which is already preprocessed in the vehicle, is transferred to the BMW cloud. There the aggregated and anonymized fleet data is analyzed and evaluated using machine learning. The relevant information is then sent back to the vehicles depending on the situation, where it contributes to even greater comfort, efficiency and safety for the driver. For example, vehicles with on-street parking information can already show where a parking space is available and how likely it is to be calculated arrival time will be free. On the basis of this data, the route that is most likely to find a parking space near the destination can be calculated for the remaining distance. That saves the customer time and nerves. In large cities, traffic looking for a parking space alone accounts for up to a third of all car traffic at peak times. If there is less traffic looking for a parking space, fuel and emissions in cities can be saved to a considerable extent. In turn, everyone benefits from this. The degree of digitalization and connectivity marks the start of a new generation of vehicles at BMW, which will also be continuously developed further during their life cycle. Since the introduction of the modular vehicle software BMW Operating System 7 in 2018, BMW has been offering extensive remote software upgrades over-the-air for the current generation of models. This means that BMW vehicles are always up to date, regardless of whether they are just rolling out of the production hall or are already on the road. The largest and most extensive upgrade campaign in the company’s history began in mid-October 2020. More than 750,000 BMWs worldwide receive numerous new functions and improvements such as the cloud-based navigation BMW Maps or the integration of Android AutoTM. It is also the largest over-the-air update that a European manufacturer has ever rolled out. BMW Group is the first premium manufacturer with 5G in series production. The BMW iX goes one step further. It will be the first premium vehicle to be equipped with the 5G cellular standard. 5G offers extremely high data bandwidth, low latency – and thus fast data transmission – as well as the extended possibility of networking the vehicle with its environment. 5G is the basis for transmitting and receiving data and sensor information in the BMW Cloud in real time. This and the improved Quality of Service available for the first time with the 5G network enable significant improvements and innovations in the areas of entertainment, infotainment, automated driving and traffic safety. In addition, the transmission speeds allow a new level of cloudification. Computationally intensive vehicle functions are relocated to the BMW Cloud, where the concentrated performance of a data center is available and can process large amounts of data and complex tasks. Using 5G, the calculated data is sent back to the car in milliseconds. Cellular mobile technology and, above all, 5G also offer the potential to network vehicles with other road users. Using C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle to Everything), automobiles, motorcycles, buses and trucks can communicate with each other and with the smartphones of pedestrians, bicycle or scooter drivers and even with the infrastructure directly and without a connection to the cellular network. In this way, information in a specific traffic situation, such as directions of movement, can be exchanged and warnings can be sent in the event of potential danger. 5G means nothing less than the next level of networking and is an essential step in realizing the next evolutionary stage of mobility. More complex functions, simpler ones Operation. The growing functionality, networking and extensive digitalization of vehicles inevitably lead to an increase in the complexity of the overall system. However, operating the vehicle is becoming easier, more intuitive and more natural. This is made possible on the one hand by the increasing degree of intelligence and the automation of functions and on the other hand by the use of Shy Tech and the reduced, clearly arranged control elements in the BMW iX. With increasing intelligence, complex tasks are also relieved of the driver. People concentrate completely on the essentials and enjoy driving pleasure. If the intelligence takes on more functions and more information is available, this also means that the vehicle takes a more active role in human-machine interaction. After all, when it comes to mobility, the vehicle sometimes knows more than the driver. For example, where the next free parking space or a free fast charging station is, that heavy rain sets in a few hundred meters away, that a rescue alley has to be formed in a few kilometers or that a temporary speed limit will soon apply due to a mobile construction site. Information relevant to the driver. It is of central importance that the important information is placed in the right place at the right time and that people can react and interact in a way that is appropriate to the situation. When it comes to interaction design, BMW clearly relies on multimodality using controls, touch, language and gestures. Accumulated digital competence in development. Digital professionals work at the BMW Group who, together with passion and the will to perfect, bring innovative technologies into the car and hardware and software in a harmonious way merge. They network mobility with the digital world and shape the vehicle into a highly integrated and integrative device that can be seamlessly integrated into the customer’s digital ecosystem. The BMW Group works in an international developer network worldwide. From China it goes to Europe to the Munich Research and Innovation Center, via Portugal with Critical TechWorks to the various locations in the USA. In this way, a wide variety of competencies, technical expertise, but above all also the regionally differing customer needs flow into the conception and development. The young team of over 7,200 software and IT professionals includes a. made up of software engineers, UX designers, psychologists, data scientists, experts in AI, robotics, autonomous driving and smart production. Agile work processes and methods on workspaces specially developed for collaboration support short development and innovation cycles. In the interface design area alone, an average of 70 customer studies are carried out annually. These studies are an essential part of customer-centered and data-driven development. In this way, it is possible to continuously check prototypes for user-friendliness and to compare them with the mental model of the customer. This feedback is evaluated and then flows directly into the next development steps. However, anonymized data from the vehicle fleet is also included in this process. The data from vehicles of customers who have actively consented to the data transfer are aggregated and depersonalized and provide information about the majority of user behavior and the differences in the various regions of the world. Other tools for customer-centered development are special dialogue formats as well as trend scouting and research. The ultimate goal is to develop a system that is as easy and intuitive to use as possible, that does justice to all customer groups and that is flexible and customizable accordingly. Virtual collaboration. The BMW Group relies on technology from the gaming industry. The answer to the question what “Fortnite” has to do with the BMW iX will probably astonish even proven BMW connoisseurs and gaming experts. Because the most successful computer game of the past few years, which had more than 350 million players in May 2020, and the new technology flagship of the BMW Group actually have a common basis: Both used the Unreal Engine from Epic Games in their development. is a logical step on closer inspection. Because for the BMW iX, which symbolizes the dawn of a new age of sheer driving pleasure, it was necessary to completely rethink vehicle development. The engineering tools previously used were no longer sufficient for the complex requirements of this vehicle. In addition, BMW has set itself the goal of raising the functionality and user experience of the BMW iX for its customers to a new, unprecedented level. “We went completely new ways in developing the BMW iX,” explains Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, development. “For example, we used innovative technologies from the gaming sector to visualize the interface between design and technology as realistically as possible. The BMW iX is the first vehicle that was developed using the game engine we modified. ”Partnership with Epic Games. These were important reasons for BMW to rethink the development of the BMW iX from the ground up. BMW first contacted Epic Games as early as 2015 and shortly afterwards became the first automobile manufacturer to introduce a mixed reality system in vehicle development that was consistently developed from components from the computer games industry. It is based on the so-called Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games. This is also based on “Fortnite” and the racing simulator “Assetto Corsa Competizione”. Matthias Oberhauser, Product Owner Design and Virtual Product Experience BMW, explains: “Gaming technologies already offer many of the functions that we miss in engineering tools, for example Virtual Reality and the interaction between users. That’s why we took this game technology as a model for our project. With a small team at BMW, we finally modified the game engine from 2015 so that we could use it for vehicle development. ”Using the system saves a lot of time and effort, especially in the early stages of development. Before the introduction, virtual reality studies could only be carried out on expensive special systems. By using consumer electronics, developers gain an unimagined degree of flexibility, as changes can be implemented and tested very quickly. In addition, developers from all over the world can participate in decision-making from their location without having to travel far. Only when designs have been checked in the virtual reality environment and thanks to the 3-D glasses are they actually built for further testing. Doug Wolff, Business Development Manager, Manufacturing Epic Games, says: “When BMW approached us, we were We were first surprised and then absolutely enthusiastic about the idea of ​​using innovative technologies from our gaming industry for vehicle development – especially at the interface between design and technology. This makes BMW the absolute pioneer in the field of collaboration tools based on game engines, and not just in the automotive industry. ”Mixed reality environment supports BMW iX development, but BMW went one step further with the development of the BMW iX. One example of this is the use of the technology for the spectacular interior of the vehicle. Since visual impressions are often not enough here, BMW used a reusable interior structure. By using rapid prototyping, the rapid production of sample components, this also supports perception in the sense of mixed reality. This is understood to be the intelligent combination of surfaces that you can actually feel and controls using virtual reality, creating a holistic experience that is further enhanced by precisely reproducing the typical BMW engine sound, for example. In interaction with the virtual reality model, you can experience the vehicle in different environments. That is a central component of our corporate strategy, ”says Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. Electric drives are also a hot topic for BMW Motorrad, especially in urban areas. We have been pioneers here with the BMW C evolution series vehicle since 2013.

Jump into a new dimension: “The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i”. When visions and innovative spirit meet, great things can arise – like the jump into a new dimension with the “Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i”. After three years of preparation, base jumper and wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann from Austria, with the active support of BMW i and the BMW Group company Designworks, completed the world’s first human flight in an electrically powered wingsuit. Salzmann immediately found open ears at BMW i with his idea of ​​using a light, electrically powered impeller, a shrouded propeller, to achieve higher speeds on wingsuit flights and to gain altitude again in flight Knowledge and experience in the field of electromobility and battery technologies, experts from Designworks supported the development of the wingsuit design and the fly unit right from the start – two carbon impellers with 7,500 W each at a speed of approx. 25,000 min-1 and one total power of 15 kW available for about five minutes. Extensive tests in the BMW Group’s wind tunnels ultimately enabled the perfect coordination and confirmed that the idea worked. The result is “The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i”, with which Salzmann has fulfilled his dream of taking wingsuit flying to a new level – efficient, sustainable, quiet and simply overwhelming. With his ideas, his passion and his courage, Peter Salzmann embodies the BMW i attitude to perfection. The “Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i” proves what electrical power is capable of and that the future is electric. Further information on the “Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i” can be found at this link: https: // /peter-salzmann-electrified-wingsuit.html?tl=grp-opre-ngpc-brnd-mn-.-.-.-.- Search for the vision for 2040: #NEXTGen Moving Tomorrow Pitch, as part of #NEXTGen 2020 The BMW Group is already looking far into the future and is looking for the vision for mobility in 2040. To this end, the BMW Group has announced the #NEXTGen Moving Tomorrow Pitch for students, academic staff and professors from top universities and research institutions worldwide. The aim is to find an interdisciplinary team with the best vision for sustainable and individual premium mobility in 2040. The BMW Group has selected three finalists from all entries. Two teams from Tsinghua University from China and one from the Fraunhofer Institute from Germany will present their visions at #NEXTGen 2020 in Munich in a video of no more than five minutes and a subsequent two-minute live question and answer session via Skype together with the three-person jury. This consists of Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human Resources and Social Affairs, Labor Director, Steffi Czerny, Co-Founder and Managing Director Digital Life Design (DLD), and Dr. Andreas Rickert, CEO and founder of PHINEO. The winning team, which will be chosen by the jury immediately after the presentations, will have the exclusive opportunity to meet and greet with the top management of the BMW Group as well as prize money of 15,000 euros.


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