BMW i AND TED NEXT VISIONARIES - SIX FINALISTS REVEALED.

events24 Aug 2017



In the search for the next big thing in technology, BMW i has partnered with TED to create the Next Visionaries. Our aim is to create a community that brings together change-makers and innovators to help solve the problems of future mobility. The Next Visionaries competition, which was aimed at engaging a creative community with various aspects of future mobility, has now closed and six finalists have been selected. The six visionaries will now have the opportunity to refine their concepts and ideas with BMW i and TED experts ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt International Motorshow on 10 September. The winning vision will then be presented at a TED event in New York in November 2017.

The six short-listed finalists are:

1. IRA MUNN.
Ira has designed a three-wheel electric vehicle kit that can be 3D printed from recycled plastics and assembled in 20 hours by someone with no prior knowledge or technical ability. The electric vehicle is also expected to cost as little as $10,000.


2. JEREMIAH OWYANG.

Jeremiah predicts that roads in the future will be dominated by driverless vehicles and believes we’ll no longer take short haul flights or single-night hotel stays. Instead, we will opt for brand-supported sleeper cars with beds and on-board hospitality so we can travel from A to B in comfort.


3. TOM MOLOUGHNEY.

A subscription-based car sharing system is the next step for the future for Tom. His idea is that self driving cars powered by solar power will run on rails built into the road surface. Tom surmises that the cars will also be able to put energy back into the grid.


4. SEBASTIAN GABOR.

Sebastian thinks the way forward is intelligent vehicles that collect your data: driving habits, music choices, destination and time of day - to tailor-suit and personalise your journey. It'll even try to cheer you up if it thinks you're down!


5. SANDRA PHILLIPS.

Sandra believes that driverless cars are the key to safety. She sees a world where a network of self-driving vehicles help women and children travel in parts of the world where public transport can be dangerous for them at times.


6. AARJAV TRIVEDI

Aarjav predicts a more personalised, yet not personally owned, transport system. People will be able to call an autonomous pod on demand - designed for creature comforts with cocktail pods, spa pods and sleeper cars all for a fraction of the price of current taxis and buses.

Discover the future vision and watch the live stream on 10 September.

Find out more about BMW i here.



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