BMW is halfway through releasing a four-part video on the future of transportation, which explores a multitude of ideas including infrastructure, city dwelling, personal transport, population growth, and the environment. BMW obviously is approaching the issue with its automotive hat squarely on its head, and doesn’t directly deal with motorcycles, but when you stop and think about it, cars and bikes are wrapped up in the same situation. While the only the first two videos have been released, there’s already some interesting concepts to think about.

While we wait for Part 3 (Feb. 15th) and Part 4 (Feb. 22nd), chew on these facts and figures: over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, automobiles are parked about 90% of the time, and there’s roughly five parking spots for every car (that’s 1,500 sqft of space just for a single car!). It sure seems like motorcycles could help solve that utilization/space problem.

Part 1: The New City

Part 2: The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be

Part 3: Reinventing Mobility

(coming February 15th)

Part 4: How We’ll Learn to Stop Worrying, and Love the Future

(coming February 22nd)

Source: BMW: Activate the Future; Photo: Rob Boudon / Creative Commons – Attribution 2.0 Generic

  • Willie

    What did that lady from Zipcars say ? Rigidity = failure.

    When batteries improve . . .

  • Useyourbody

    A quote from Wendel Barry’s book – The Unsettling of America, is appropriate in this discussion of future transportation technology.

    “To argue for a balance between people and their tools, between life and machinery, between biological and machine -produced energy, is to argue for restraint upon the use of machines. The arguments that arise out of the machine metaphore – arguments for cheapness , efficiency, labor saving, economic growth, etc-all point to infinite industrial growth and infinite energy consumption.
    The moral argument points to restraint; it is a conclusion that may be in some sense tragic, but there is no escaping it. Much as we long for infinities of power and duration, we have no evidence that these lie within our reach, much less within our responsibility.”…….

    I for one would like to see human power transportation potential fully developed first, along with cities and towns designed around those limitations. The human body is a terrible thing to waste as we physically de-evolve ourselves, moving about a “smaller” world in passive transportation pods.

  • Bill

    Where’s part 3?

  • Bill, right here: