BMW two-man bob prototype passes challenging tests.

BMW:BMW two-man bob prototype passes challenging tests.

  • Successful test series for BMW two-man bobsled prototype on
    the ice tracks in Königssee and Altenberg.
  • First sled developed entirely using computer simulations
    sets new design process standards with promising results.
  • Olympic gold medalist Francesco Friedrich: “The BMW
    prototype is really very good.”
  • BMW two-man bobsled will be further optimised with the aim
    of it being in action in the 2019/2020 World Cup season.

 

Munich. The development of a BMW two-man bobsled, which is the
result of the partnership with the German Bobsleigh, Luge, and
Skeleton Federation (BSD), has reached an crucial milestone: Test
rides at Königssee and in Altenberg delivered promising results. The
sled concept developed exclusively using computer simulations and
verified in the BMW Aerodynamic and Research Center has proven
successful. Additional optimisation potential for the prototype will
be identified during further test rides in the coming weeks and will
feed into the design of a new sled. The goal is to use this in the
coming 2019/2020 World Cup season.

At the end of a development and test phase that lasted ten months
only, the BMW prototype passed its baptism of fire with flying
colours. With double Olympic champion Francesco Friedrich, world
champion Johannes Lochner and junior world champion Christoph Hafer on
the steering handles, the run times at the test rides at Königssee and
on the demanding track in Altenberg were within a few tenths of a
second of the current World Cup bob.

A measuring system provided by BMW Motorsport and modified for
bobsleds evaluated and compared all of the rides. Friedrich’s
impressions were extremely positive.

“It’s fascinating: BMW takes something on, and at the first attempt
it is really very good. So many companies have already tried to build
a sled, which was then mothballed after three days. In contrast, the
BMW prototype has already come a long way. The bob runs really well
and you can steer it precisely,” said the overall World Cup winner.
“The BMW engineers work very meticulously and with a lot of passion to
make sure it is as fast as or faster than the others.”

The innovative approach to the development of the new two-man bob
started from nothing, oriented itself on BMW vehicle development and
focused on the replicability of the sled. It was also about finding
the perfect balance between the stability and agility of the sled.

Initially, the design was developed exclusively using computer
simulations and the aerodynamics were optimised using the
“computational fluid dynamics (CFD)” numerical method. Around 10,000
different forms were calculated, including “digitalised athlete
dummies”: To develop sporting equipment with the ideal ergonomics for
the various BSD drivers and crewmen, the athletes were scanned, and
their body dimensions were incorporated into the calculations.

The design developed this way, considering aerodynamic and ergonomic
aspects was initially milled as a foam model, the values calculated on
the computer were verified in the BMW Group Aerodynamic Test Centre
and optimised in line with the analysis results obtained. This form
was manufactured using carbon to ensure reproducibility. The cutting
of the individual carbon layers was computer-controlled, and these
carbon layers were placed such that the sled is able to absorb the
huge G forces in the ice track optimally. Then, the model was baked in
an autoclave at 175 degrees. Thomas Hahn’s, head of the BMW technology
transfer, development team received support from the BMW partner
network in the motorsport sector.

“The approach and pioneering spirit of our technology partner BMW is
impressive time and again,” said Thomas Schwab, general secretary and
sports director of the BSD. “We are delighted that in the BMW
prototype an innovative approach demonstrated its great potential
right from the start and are excited to see what further development brings.”

Hahn is very pleased with the intermediate result and said: “The
initial test results are promising – both at Königssee and on an
extreme track like the one in Altenberg. We started with a blank sheet
of paper and it turned out that our calculations stood the test in
practice. Now we need to push the limits further in additional tests
and based on these results, identify the areas in which we can make improvements.”

Original Press Release

BMW Group and Daimler AG to jointly develop next-generation technologies for automated driving

BMW:BMW Group and Daimler AG to jointly develop next-generation technologies for automated driving

·       Long-term strategic cooperation planned
·       Next
generation of technologies for driver assistance systems and
highly 
        automated driving on highways (SAE Level 3 and
Level 4)
·       Goal: a flexible platform and shorter innovation
cycles
·       Technology to be market ready by
mid-2020s
·       Klaus Fröhlich: Consistent pursuit of scalable
platform strategy and
        pooling of expertise from two
technology leaders
·       Ola Källenius: Working with the right
partners, we want to continue 
        enhancing this technology
and get it ready for the road.

Munich/Stuttgart
. The BMW Group and Daimler AG are to join forces on
automated driving. Initially, the focus will be on advancing the
development of next-generation technologies for driver assistance
systems, automated driving on highways and parking features (up to SAE
Level 4). The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding
to jointly develop this technology, which is key for future mobility.
The BMW Group and Daimler AG view their partnership as a long-term,
strategic cooperation and aim to make next-level technologies widely
available by the middle of the coming decade.

“As we continue to pursue our strategy, we are combining the
expertise of two technology leaders. At the BMW Group, long-term
partnerships within a flexible, scalable, non-exclusive platform are
fundamental to advancing the industrialisation of autonomous driving.
Combining the key expertise of our two companies will boost our
innovative strength and speed up the spread of this technology,” said
Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.

Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG,
responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development
said: “Autonomous driving is one of the most revolutionary trends for
us at the moment, and the entire Daimler Group is working very hard on
it. As always at Daimler, our top priority is safety. Instead of
individual, stand-alone solutions, we want to develop a reliable
overall system that offers noticeable added-value for customers.
Working with the right partners, we want to make significant advances
in enhancing the performance of this technology and bring it safely on
the road.”

The planned cooperation offers the BMW Group and Daimler AG a number
of obvious advantages: the skills and experience of the individual
partners and a scalable architecture will speed up and streamline the
development of future technology generations. Besides the synergies,
new technologies will be faster to market, with shorter innovation
cycles. For both companies, the safety of vehicle occupants and other
road users is of the utmost importance and a key reason for making the
reliability of systems a key criterion for the collaboration. The two
partners continue to pursue their goal of being the pace-setter in development.

Joint development work will be carried out via a scalable
architecture covering several stages of automation, with Levels 3 and
4 enabling automated driving on highways. In addition, the two
partners plan to discuss the possibility of extending their
collaboration to cover higher levels of automation, both on highways
and in urban areas. These considerations underline the sustainable,
long-term nature of the cooperation, which includes the aim to create
a scalable platform for automated driving. The development of
current-generation technologies and ongoing collaborations of the two
companies will remain unaffected and continue as before. Ongoing
development of latest-generation technologies and existing
collaborations will remain unaffected by the projected cooperation and
go ahead as planned. The BMW Group and Daimler AG will also explore
additional partnerships with other technology companies and automotive
manufacturers that could contribute to the success of the platform.

Autonomous driving at the BMW Group
The BMW
Group has been working on highly automated driving since 2006, and has
established a non-exclusive platform with technology specialists,
suppliers and OEMs to take it to series maturity. Since 2017, work in
this area has been consolidated at the Autonomous Driving Campus in
Unterschleissheim, just north of Munich, and the industrialisation and
scalability of the technology is being advanced with the support of
partners. Brand new agile software development is used at the Campus
to speed up development of the platform and set new industry
standards. Around the world, more than 70 test vehicles are trialling
state-of-the-art technology. They collect data in order to improve
machine learning with artificial intelligence through simulations and
test new Level 2 – 5 functions out on the road. The generation of
technologies that is currently under development will go into series
production as Level 3 automation in 2021 in the BMW iNEXT where it
will also be Level 4 enabled for pilot projects.

Autonomous driving at Daimler AG
Daimler AG has
been working on series development projects not only for specific
Level 3 vehicles but also for Levels 4 and 5. Long a leader in active
safety systems, it programmed its systems largely in-house right from
the very beginning. 2019 will see the launch in San José, Silicon
Valley, of its first pilot programme, with Bosch, on self-driving
vehicles (Levels 4/5) in urban environments. This will be the next
milestone within the existing cooperation between both partners and
the cooperation will continue as planned. Early next decade, Daimler
will bring to the market not only highly automated (Level 3) vehicles
but also fully automated (Level 4/5) vehicles. It is the only to the
OEM in the world to be so well-positioned to apply autonomous driving
in every relevant context, from passenger cars and vans to buses and
trucks, and is therefore relying on scalable solutions to deliver
automated driving.

BMW Group
Max-Morten
Borgmann
Corporate Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-24118
Max-Morten.Borgmann@bmw.de

Daimler AG
Katharina
Becker
Head of Communication Digital Vehicle and Future
Technology
Telephone: + 49 711 17-93271
Katharina.Becker@daimler.com

BMW Group
Mathias
Schmidt
Head of Corporate and Culture
Communications
Telephone: +49 89 382-24544
Mathias.M.Schmidt@bmw.de

Daimler AG
Bernhard
Weidemann
Communications Autonomous Driving &
Intelligent Drive
Telephone: + 49 711 17-95229
Bernhard.Weidemann@daimler.com

This document contains forward-looking statements that reflect our
current views about future events. The words “anticipate,” “assume,”
“believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may”, “plan,” “project,”
“should” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking
statements. These statements are subject to many risks and
uncertainties, including an adverse development of global economic
conditions, in particular a decline of demand in our most important
markets; aworsening of the sovereign-debt crisis in the euro zone; a
deterioration of our funding possibilities on the credit and financial
markets; events of force majeure including natural disasters, acts of
terrorism, political unrest, industrial accidents and their effects on
our sales, purchasing, production or financial services activities;
changes in currency exchange rates; a shift in consumer preference
towards smaller, lower margin vehicles; or a possible lack of
acceptance of our products or services which limits our ability to
achieve prices as well as to adequately utilize our production
capacities; price increases in fuel or raw materials; disruption of
production due to shortages of materials, labor strikes, or supplier
insolvencies; a decline in resale prices of used vehicles; the
effective implementation of cost-reduction and efficiency-optimization
measures; the business outlook of companies in which we hold a
significant equity interest; the successful implementation of
strategic cooperations and joint ventures; changes in laws,
regulations and government policies, particularly those relating to
vehicle emissions, fuel economy and safety; the resolution of pending
governmental investigations and the conclusion of pending or
threatened future legal proceedings; and other risks and
uncertainties, some of which we describe under the heading “Risk
Report” in Daimler’s most recent Annual Report. If any of these risks
and uncertainties materialize, or if the assumptions underlying any of
our forward-looking statements prove incorrect, then our actual
results may be materially different from those we express or imply by
such statements. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update
these forward looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks
only as of the date on which it is made.

The BMW Group at a Glance
With its four brands
BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s
leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also
provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group
production network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in
14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

Daimler at a Glance

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive
companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks,
Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the
Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the
world’s largest producer of trucks above 6 tons. Daimler Financial
Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, investment
products and brokerage of credit cards and insurance, as well as
innovative mobility services. The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler
and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in
the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, it is a
motivation and commitment of Daimler to shape safely and sustainably
the future of mobility. The Group’s focus is on innovative and green
technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal
and fascinate. Daimler consequently invests in the development of
efficient drive trains with the long-term goal of locally
emission-free driving: from hightech combustion engines about hybrid
vehicles to electric drive trains powered by battery or fuel cell.
Furthermore, the company follows a consistent path towards intelligent
connectivity of its vehicles, autonomous driving and new mobility
concepts. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts
the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the
environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the
countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North
and South America, Asia, and Africa. Its current brand portfolio
includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive
brand, Mercedes-Benz (Source: Interbrand-Study, 10/4/2018), as well as
Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me, the brands smart, EQ,
Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, FUSO, Setra and Thomas Built
Buses, and Daimler Financial Services’ brands: Mercedes-Benz Bank,
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel,
car2go and mytaxi. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of
Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2018, the
Group sold 3.4 million vehicles and employed a workforce of around
298,700 people. Group revenue amounted to €167.4 billion. Group EBIT
amounted to €11.1 billion.

Original Press Release

BMW and Artsy launch new city guide feature within the Artsy app.

BMW:BMW and Artsy launch new city guide feature within the Artsy app.

Hong Kong. In the evening of Wednesday, March 27,
2019 and timed to coincide with BMW’s partner Art Basel’s show in Hong
Kong, BMW and Artsy reline their long-term partnership: a new city
guide feature within the Artsy app. The feature will be unveiled to
users at an event co-hosted by BMW and Artsy and allows them to
explore major museum exhibitions, art fairs, and gallery shows in six
art-world centers across three continents, including New York, London,
Hong Kong, Paris, Los Angeles, and Berlin. The app update will be
available for iOS users from Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Further building on Artsy’s personalized, comprehensive, and
intuitive art buying experience, the new city guide feature will
create a seamless discover-to-collect experience for Artsy buyers.
Users of the feature will be able to navigate around any one of the
six featured cities with in-app GPS, discover current exhibitions and
fairs taking place in the vicinity, browse works and artists
showcased, and buy from galleries and fairs directly, all within the
Artsy app. Because Artsy has the world’s largest partner network –
3,000+ galleries, 800+ museums, and 80+ art fairs across over 90
countries – the city guide will provide the most extensive
opportunities for art discovery available.

Additionally, users who have interacted with Artsy before will see a
tailored selection of artists and artworks based on their preferences.
They will also be able to save their favorites and explore the shows
either virtually or in-person, as well as take advantage of the
augmented reality feature to virtually place artworks from the
exhibition or fair on their wall. Thanks to BMW, the new feature will
also include selected private collections located all over the world
and accessible to the public, all taken from the BMW Art Guide, whose
fifth edition was just launched and is a one of a kind guide.
Furthermore, the user will have the chance to find respective fair
activations by BMW worldwide, from displays of vehicles of the BMW Art
Car Collection to other numerous initiatives from the longstanding
cultural engagement of the brand will be part of the feature.

Fatma Collins, Artsy’s VP of Product: “We are
thrilled to partner on the Artsy city guide feature with BMW, with
whom we share a passion for quality and innovation. Not only is the
feature the first of its kind to offer a seamless and personalized
discovery-to-collect experience, its launch exemplifies Artsy’s deep
product and engineering expertise, unparalleled industry network, and
commitment to the nexus of art and culture. By providing greater
access to art and deeper engagement with it, this initiative further
builds on Artsy’s goal to increasingly support more artists in the
world and make more art accessible to art lovers and buyers on a
global scale.”

Thorsten Mattig, Head of BMW Sports Marketing and Brand
Cooperations
: “As a pioneer in technology and design as well
as longtime supporter of the arts, BMW found the natural partner with
Artsy. Believing in empowering innovation and aesthetics, and in
creating unique and immersive experiences, we both aim to push forward
the conversation around art and culture worldwide. We are really
delighted to announce the launch of the new city guide feature, which
is not only the next step of the multi-channel partnership, but the
first of its kind to connect technology, digitalization and arts. As
the interaction between the driver, the vehicle, and the digital world
is a central element for BMW, the city guide is the perfect solution
for everyone’s personalized experience of arts all around the world.”

With BMW at the forefront of technological innovation and digital
leadership when it comes to its core business, Artsy is a natural
partner in the cultural realm. For the past fifty years, BMW has been
involved in hundreds of cultural initiatives worldwide. Both Artsy and
BMW are putting their heads, know-how and network together to create
meaningful platforms for contemporary art in the future.

The partnership of BMW and Artsy also includes an ongoing film series
called the Future of Art, which profiles artists and
creative luminaries such as Trevor Paglen, Carrie Mae Weems, and
Elizabeth Diller.

To watch The Future of Art video series and for further information,
please refer to:  https://www.artsy.net/series/artsy-editors-future-art

For further questions please contact:

Prof. Dr Thomas Girst

BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49 89 382 24753

Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com 

Simon Guy Warren

Artsy

Senior Director of Communications

Telephone: +1 646 462 6774

simon.warren@artsy.net

www.press.bmwgroup.com

E-Mail: presse@bmw.de

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement

For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in
over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main
focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art,
classical music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972,
three large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter
specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art
Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London, the company also partners with leading museums and art fairs
as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The BMW Group
takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural activities – as
this initiative is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic
work as it is for major innovations in a successful business.

Further information: www.bmwgroup.com/culture
and www.bmwgroup.com/culture/overview

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMW-Group-Culture

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroupculture

@BMWGroupCulture

#BMWGroupCulture

 

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bmw



About Artsy

Artsy is the global platform for collecting and discovering art.
Artsy partners with leading museums, international galleries, auction
houses, and art fairs to create the world’s largest art marketplace.
Artsy expands the entire art market by using best-in-class technology
to effectively connect supply and demand at a global scale. With
3,000+ partners across 90+ countries and the most-read art publication
online, Artsy empowers a global audience to learn about, discover, and
collect art. Launched in 2012, Artsy is headquartered in New York City
with offices in London, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles.

Original Press Release

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 in March.

BMW:BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 in March.

Munich. As the BMW Welt Jazz Awards 2019 enter the
final stages, two more ensembles are set to wow audiences with their
interpretation of this year’s motto, Saxophone Worlds. The two final
matinees in the Double Cone structure of the BMW Welt will be by Maria
Faust Machina on 10 March 2019 and the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet on
24 March 2019. The expert jury will then name the two finalists
entering the play-off on 4 May 2019 in the Auditorium of the BMW Welt.

The Estonian saxophonist and composer Maria Faust is among the
jazz discoveries of the last few years. After her classical training
at the Music Academy in Tallin, the 39-year-old turned her attention
to jazz and continued her musical career in Denmark, melding different
musical genres to create entirely new worlds of sound. On 10
March 2019
she will perform with the Maria Faust
Machina
Ensemble, delivering a fusion of jazz, classical and
alternative rock that defies categorisation. The extraordinary lineup
will include bandleader Maria Faust on alto saxophone, Ned Ferm on
tenor saxophone, Ida Nørholm on cello, Jacob Anderskov on piano, and
Nils Bo Davidsen and Adam Pultz Melbye on double bass. Mixing
traditional, experimental and natural sounds, their chamber music is
characterised by powerful, haunting improvisations and song-like melodies.

An innovative and creative jazz artist of the younger
generation, Rudresh Mahanthappa enjoys international acclaim, with
numerous awards as a testament to his work.  With roots in India, the
talented musician discovered his passion for Carnatic music through a
friend, the Indian saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath. His playing is
characterised by a fusion of rhythmic structures with modern jazz. At
the BMW Welt Jazz Awards on 24 March 2019 the
Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet will feature Rez Abbasi
on guitar, Bobby Avey on piano, François Moutin on double bass and
Rudy Royston on drums. Together, they will revisit the critically
acclaimed Bird Calls album, in which Mahanthappa leans toward the
music of saxophone legend Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker to deliver a
performance that is his very own. His personal, highly virtuoso
interpretations of the original compositions present the themes, solos
and arrangements of the godfather of modern jazz in a completely new
context. Mahanthappa couples powerful, passionate, modern jazz with an
inexhaustible joy of playing.


BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019

Matinees from 11 am to 1.30 pm in the double-cone of the BMW Welt:

27 January 2019        Maciej Obara Quartet
3 February
2019        Céline Bonacina Crystal Quartet
17 February 2019     
Géraldine Laurent Quartet
24 February 2019      Matthieu
Bordenave Archipel
10 March 2019          Maria Faust
Machina
24 March 2019          Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet

The matinees are offered free of charge, however seating is limited
and cannot be guaranteed. Doors open at 10.30 am.

Final concert at the auditorium of the BMW Welt at 7 pm:

4 May 2019                Final concert featuring the two shortlisted finalists

Tickets for the final concert will go on sale on 27 January 2019, at
the BMW Welt and München Ticket.

As in previous years, the event will be hosted by Beate Sampson,
Editor of the jazz desk at German broadcasting station Bayerischer
Rundfunk BR-KLASSIK.


Jury

The distinguished panel of expert jurors will be headed by
Oliver Hochkeppel (Music and cultural affairs
journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung) and will include the following members:

Roland Spiegel, Editor and jazz expert at German
broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR-KLASSIK

Andreas Kolb, Editor-in-chief of JazzZeitung.de and
neue musikzeitung

Heike Lies, Musicologist, Music and Music Theatre
Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state capital Munich

Christiane Böhnke-Geisse, Artistic Director of the
international jazz festival “Bingen swingt”.

For further questions please contact:

Prof Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Affairs 
Head of Cultural Engagement 
Telephone: +49-89-382-24753 
Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com

Doris Fleischer
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Affairs
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-89-382-27806 
Doris.Fleischer@bmw.de

Cypselus von Frankenberg
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Affairs
BMW Brand, Marketing, Lifestyle
Telephone: +49-89-382-30641
Cypselus.von-Frankenberg@bmw.de

www.press.bmwgroup.com
E-Mail:
presse@bmw.de

 

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement
For almost
50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100
cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of
its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art, classical
music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972, three
large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter
specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art
Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London, the company also partners with
leading museums and art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses
around the world. The BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all
its cultural activities – as this initiative is as essential for
producing groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations
in a successful business.

Further information: www.bmwgroup.com/culture
and www.bmwgroup.com/culture/overview
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/BMW-Group-Culture
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroupculture/
@BMWGroupCulture
#BMWGroupCulture

BMW Welt – at the heart of the brand, on the pulse of the city

The BMW Welt welcomes over 3 million visitors per year. With its
pioneering architecture, BMW Welt is the heart of all the brands in
the BMW Group – BMW, the sub-brands BMW M and BMW i, MINI, Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars and BMW Motorrad, which are impressively presented in their
own worlds of experience. But it is not only the exhibitions and the
collection of new vehicles that are highlights for car lovers from all
over the world. Visitors can enjoy a year-round programme of varied
events covering culture, art and entertainment as well as a popular
event location for over 400 external events per year. The various
restaurants of the BMW Welt offer a variety of culinary delights up to
star gastronomy. In the BMW Welt Junior Campus, children and
youngsters can enjoy exciting guided tours and workshops on the themes
of mobility and sustainability.

The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI,
Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading
premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides
premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production
network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14
countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
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comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
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Natural and fully multimodal interaction with the vehicle and its surroundings. BMW Group presents BMW Natural Interaction for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2019.

BMW:Natural and fully multimodal interaction with the vehicle and its surroundings. BMW Group presents BMW Natural Interaction for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2019.

Munich/Barcelona. Once again, the BMW Group is
revolutionising how drivers interact with their vehicles: At Mobile
World Congress 2019 in Barcelona from 25 – 28 February 2019, the
company will present BMW Natural Interaction. The new system combines
the most advanced voice command technology available with expanded
gesture control and gaze recognition to enable genuine multimodal
operation for the first time. The first BMW Natural Interaction
functions will be available in the BMW iNEXT from 2021.

Just like in interpersonal dialogue, BMW Natural Interaction allows
the driver to use their voice, gestures and gaze at the same time in
various combinations to interact with their vehicle. The preferred
mode of operation can be selected intuitively, according to the
situation and context. Voice commands, gestures and the direction of
gaze can be reliably detected by the vehicle, combined and the desired
operation executed. This free, multimodal interaction is made possible
by speech recognition, optimised sensor technology and
context-sensitive analysis of gestures. Through precise detection of
hand and finger movements, gesture direction – in addition to gesture
type – is also registered for the first time in an extended
interaction space that encompasses the driver’s entire operating
environment. Spoken instructions are registered and processed using
Natural Language Understanding. An intelligent learning algorithm,
which is constantly being refined, combines and interprets the complex
information so that the vehicle can respond accordingly. This creates
a multimodal interactive experience geared towards the driver’s wishes.

By combining different modalities, vehicle functions can be initiated
in different ways. The driver decides how they want to interact, based
on their own personal preferences, habits or the current situation.
So, when the driver is engaged in conversation, they would probably
choose gesture and gaze control; when their eyes are on the road,
better to rely on speech and gestures. In this way, for example, car
windows or the sunroof can be opened or closed, air vents adjusted or
a selection made on the Control Display. If the driver wants to learn
more about vehicle functions, they can also point to buttons and ask
what they do.

With enhanced gesture recognition and the car’s high level of
connectivity, the interaction space is no longer confined to the
interior. For the first time, occupants will be able to interact with
their direct surroundings, such as buildings or parking spaces. Even
complex queries can be answered quickly and easily by pointing a
finger and issuing a voice command. “What’s this building? How long is
that business open? What is this restaurant called? Can I park here
and what does it cost?”

“Customers should be able to communicate with their intelligent
connected vehicle in a totally natural way,” explains Christoph Grote,
Senior Vice President, BMW Group Electronics. “People shouldn’t have
to think about which operating strategy to use to get what they want.
They should always be able to decide freely – and the car should still
understand them. BMW Natural Interaction is also an important step for
the future of autonomous vehicles, when interior concepts will no
longer be geared solely towards the driver’s position and occupants
will have more freedom.”

BMW Natural Interaction: next step for natural operation.

BMW has always played a pioneering role in the
development of systems promoting intuitive operation. In 2001, the BMW
Group became the world’s first car manufacturer to introduce a new
control logic for vehicles, with the iDrive Controller. The
combination of a controller mounted on the centre console with a
multifunctional Control Display replaced a variety of switches,
buttons and indicators – and is still considered a ground-breaking
innovation in the automotive industry. Since 2015, through the use of
a 3D camera, BMW gesture control has enabled easy, non-contact
operation of various vehicle functions. With the launch of the BMW
Operating System 7.0 in 2018, personalised, customisable operation has
reached a whole new level, thanks to fully digital displays, optimised
speech recognition and enhanced gesture control. Depending on their
personal preferences and situation, the driver can choose between the
iDrive controller, steering wheel buttons, touch display or voice and
gesture control. The importance of voice control as the most natural
form of interaction is further underlined by the BMW Intelligent
Personal Assistant. This digital assistant supports the driver in a
variety of situations and learns their routines and habits with every
voice command, making it increasingly easy to operate the vehicle and
access functions and information by voice. As the next logical
development, BMW Natural Interaction also offers the possibility of
using gestures to bring directional and local information into the
interaction for the first time by pointing a finger.

Enhanced sensor technology, precise evaluation using
artificial intelligence.
The advances in recognition
and evaluation of voice commands, gestures and gaze required for
natural driver-vehicle interaction are delivered by improved sensor
and analysis technologies. Using an infrared light signal, the gesture
camera can now capture hand and finger movements in three dimensions
throughout the driver’s entire operating environment and determine a
precise directional vector. For example, pointing a forefinger at the
Control Display and saying a command is sufficient to initiate the
desired operation without touching the screen. The high-definition
camera integrated into the instrument cluster also registers head and
eye direction. The built-in camera technology evaluates the images and
uses them to calculate the required vector data, which is then
processed in the vehicle. To interpret voice instructions quickly and
reliably in addition to gestures, the information transmitted by the
driver to the vehicle in a multimodal manner is combined and evaluated
with the help of artificial intelligence. The algorithm responsible
for interpreting the data in-car is continuously optimised and refined
using machine-learning and evaluation of different operating scenarios.

Beyond the car: environmental interaction through
connectivity.
Thanks to intelligent networking, the area
of BMW Natural Interaction extends beyond the vehicle interior. For
example, the driver can point a finger at objects in their field of
vision and give related voice commands, such as asking for information
about opening hours or customer ratings, or reserving a table at a
restaurant. Thanks to the vehicle’s depth of connectivity, extensive
environmental data and artificial intelligence enable BMW Natural
Interaction to transform the vehicle into a well-informed, helpful
passenger. By connecting digital services, it will be possible to
expand the scope of interaction in the future. For example, when the
driver spots a parking space, they will easily be able to find out
whether they are allowed to park there and what it costs, and then
reserve and pay for it directly without ever pushing a button.

Customer benefits brought to life in mixed-reality experience.

As part of a sophisticated mixed-reality installation, BMW will
immerse visitors to Mobile World Congress 2019 in application
scenarios where they can experience the customer benefits of BMW
Natural Interaction for themselves hands-on. A specially-designed
spatial concept and virtual-reality goggles are used to create a
thoroughly realistic experience that showcases the new possibilities
during a virtual ride in the BMW Vision iNEXT. Visitors discover the
previously unknown freedom of gesture control throughout the area
detected by the gesture camera, which extends across the entire width
of the front vehicle interior. Initially, in training mode,
directional detection of the pointing gesture is visualised by a
dynamic light pulse that follows the direction. Objects the driver can
interact with via pointing are then highlighted. Just how natural this
interaction is becomes apparent in the simple combination of gesture
and language. For example, if the driver points to a side window, this
is visually highlighted with a frame and the voice command
“Open” will then open the chosen window. These totally new
possibilities for interaction with the immediate environment are
revealed during an automated journey through a futuristic city the
driver is unfamiliar with. The vehicle takes over driving and the
visitor embarks on a sightseeing tour of a very different kind –
simply pointing at buildings to obtain all the information they need
about events and exhibitions. Towards the end of the ride, the user
reserves tickets for a cinema they drive by along their route and
streams the trailer for the film directly into the vehicle.

Initial functions in the BMW iNEXT and
outlook.
BMW Natural Interaction paves the way for the
next stage of natural operation in the vehicle and beyond. The free
combination of voice instructions, gestures and gaze creates
multimodal interaction, based on interpersonal communication. The
first BMW Natural Interaction functions will be available in the BMW
iNEXT as early as 2021.

Development of driver-vehicle interaction will make further advances
in parallel. In the future, with the help of artificial intelligence,
the system will continue to learn and enhanced sensor technology will
be able to take occupants’ emotions into account and integrate them
into the interaction in a meaningful fashion. In this way, interaction
between driver and vehicle will become even more personalised and
tailored to the overall situation. Based on experience and depending
on the situation and mood, the intelligent assistant will then be able
to decide whether to wait for instructions or proactively make
suggestions for interaction.

Additional attractions in Barcelona: the BMW Vision iNEXT and
the new BMW 3 Series Sedan with BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.


Other attractions at the BMW Group stand include the BMW Vision
iNEXT, which provides a glimpse of the future of driving pleasure, and
the new BMW 3 Series Sedan, featuring the functions of the BMW
Intelligent Personal Assistant. As a Vision Vehicle, the BMW Vision
iNEXT showcases totally new ways to experience driving. With the size
and dimensions of a modern Sports Activity Vehicle, it combines
ground-breaking design with the future areas of Automated Driving,
Connectivity, Electrification and Services (D + ACES) set out in the
corporate strategy Number ONE> NEXT, and answers the question:
“What will cars look like when they no longer have to be driven by a
person, but still can be?” Among the unique interior features of the
BMW Vision iNEXT is the design principle referred to as “Shy
Tech”, whereby controls are discreetly integrated into interior
surfaces and only become visible when the occupants want to use them.
In the future, it will be possible to operate functions via surfaces
made out of wood or fabric. The materials are awakened with a touch –
for example, to control music playback.
More
information on the BMW Vision iNEXT
.

With a total of more than 15 million vehicles delivered, the BMW 3
Series Sedan is the best-selling premium model worldwide and the core
of the BMW brand. For over 40 years, the BMW 3 Series Sedan has
epitomised sporty driving pleasure in a mid-sized model. With its
dynamic design, agile handling, exemplary efficiency and innovative
functions in the fields of driver assistance, operation and
connectivity, it embodies the typical characteristics of the BMW brand
in concentrated form. More
information on the BMW 3 Series
.

In the new BMW 3 Series, visitors to Mobile World Congress 2019 will
be able to check out the functions of the BMW Intelligent Personal
Assistant available from March 2019 in the brand’s new models. The
intelligent digital companion is familiar with all vehicle functions
and can operate them as needed. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
also learns routines and habits so it can apply them in the
appropriate context in the future. Unique among digital assistants, it
can also be given a name. It not only obeys the driver’s every
command, but is always on hand, even if just for casual conversation.
With every voice command, question and setting, the BMW Intelligent
Personal Assistant gets better and learns more and more preferences
and preferred settings.
More
information on the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
.

BMW i Ventures presents portfolio companies in micro-mobility,
AI, digital maps and enterprise security.
BMW i
Ventures is the venture capital arm of the BMW Group, investing in
cutting-edge solutions focused on the company’s current and future
business in the areas of technology, services and the customer
ecosystem. BMW i Ventures operates from offices in Mountain View, San
Francisco and Munich. BMW i Ventures’ four portfolio companies will
present their businesses at the BMW stand at Mobile World Congress
2019 on 26-27 February.
More information on BMW i Ventures.

Lime provides emission-free
micro-mobility in urban areas. Options include pedal bike, e-bike and
electric scooter sharing in +100 markets worldwide, incl. 15 countries
in Europe.
Contact: emeline.chicha@li.me

The GraphcoreIntelligence
Processing Unit (IPU) is specifically designed for machine
intelligence. IPUs let AI researchers undertake entirely new types of
work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great
breakthroughs in machine intelligence.
Contact: press@graphcore.ai

Mapillary is a street-level
imagery platform that uses computer vision algorithms to evaluate
street scenes. The result is updated maps enhanced with digital
information that can be used for autonomous systems.
Contact: sandy@mapillary.com

Vera enables businesses to easily
secure and track digital information across all platforms and devices.

Contact: Vera@w2comm.com  

You will find the BMW Group at Mobile World Congress in Hall 5, Stand 5A40.

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 05/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 05/2019.

Whether in the DTM, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship, or countless other championships: Week after week BMW
teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories
and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW
Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The
“BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the
action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you
are always up to speed.

DTM: BMW drivers in final fitness preparations.

The BMW DTM drivers underwent intensive training this week. From
Thursday to Sunday, Philipp Eng (AUT), Joel Eriksson (SWE), Bruno
Spengler (CAN), Marco Wittmann (GER) and DTM newbie Sheldon van der
Linde (RSA) completed a four-day fitness camp in Viareggio (ITA). Timo
Glock (GER) was unable to take part due to illness but will have a
personal training session with the Formula Medicine team in the coming
weeks. Team doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli (ITA) and his crew prepared an
extensive, diverse exercise plan to stand the drivers in good stead
for the upcoming DTM season. The focus was split equally between
fitness, reaction and mental training, with the programme including
workouts using various pieces of equipment as well as diverse outdoor
activities. “Doctor Ceccarelli is an absolute legend. Which is why
it’s fantastic working with him and his team,” said Eng. “Every
trainer here has an incredible amount of experience. The mental
training in particular is great fun. The fitness exercises can be as
well, but they are usually mainly challenging; that’s good as well
because it is the perfect preparation for us for the new DTM season.”
The 2019 DTM season gets underway with the first two races at the
Hockenheimring (GER) on 4th and 5th May. Before that, the official ITR
test drives will be held at the Lausitzring (GER) from 15th to 18th April.

TC America: BimmerWorld Racing to field two BMW M240i Racings.

When the TC America season, formerly the Pirelli World
Challenge, gets underway with the first race at the “Circuit of the
Americas” near Austin (USA) this weekend, BimmerWorld Racing will
return to action. Team principal James Clay’s (USA) crew will field
two BMW M240i Racings. The cockpit of car #82 will be manned by
Cameron Evans (USA); in the sister #94 car, Chandler Hull (USA) will
be at the wheel. The BMW customer racing entry-level model has a new
name as of the 2019 season, the BMW M240i Racing, thanks to an
extensive Evo package. Among other things, the upgrade includes
optimised engine software, while new end plates for the rear wing
contribute to the aesthetic improvements to the cars used in race
series and cup classes around the world. The TC America season is made
up of seven sprint races of 40 minutes each. The races will be held at
many well-known racetracks in North America, such as the “Virginia
International Raceway” and “Road America” (both USA).

China GT Championship: Nick Yelloly to race for AAI Motorsports.

This week, the AAI Motorsports team announced its official
line-up for this year’s China GT Championship season. The Taiwanese
team will field a total of three BMW M6 GT3s and one BMW M4 GT4 at the
seven race weekends. The first race weekend in Malaysia will see Nick
Yelloly (GBR) as part of the action following his first experience of
BMW cars in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and at the DTM Young
Driver Tests last year. As a BMW works driver, the 28-year-old will
contest other races this season; the full programme will be announced
at a later date. In China GT, Yelloly will contest the GT3 class
alongside Junsan Chen of Taiwan in a #90 BMW M6 GT3. The #91 and #92
sister cars’ cockpits will be shared by Jody Fanin (GBR) and Betty
Chen, and Ivan Lee and Kevin Chen (all TWN). Oscar Lee (USA) and
Yuanhow Yao (TWN) will be behind the wheel of the BMW M4 GT4. The
first race weekend of the season will be held at the “Sepang
International Circuit” (MAS) from 16th to 17th March.

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BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team continues to score points with the new BMW S 1000 RR.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team continues to score points with the new BMW S 1000 RR.

Phillip Island. The new BMW S 1000 RR has already proved to be
a consistent points collector on its debut weekend in the FIM
Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). Again in Sunday’s race at
Phillip Island (AUS), both BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team riders scored
world championship points. Markus Reiterberger (GER) finished
12th, immediately followed by team-mate Tom Sykes (GBR)
in 13th.

On Sunday at noon, the new “Superpole Race” was on the
programme, a sprint race over ten laps, in which Sykes and
Reiterberger took positions 11 and 12. The afternoon race was run over
22 laps, as on Saturday. Sykes started from tenth on the grid, with
Reiterberger from 13th. In the opening stage, Sykes had a
‘moment’ when battling with another rider and lost positions while
Reiterberger fell back slightly at the start. Over the course of the
race, however, both riders worked their way forward and together were
part of a closely fighting group of five. The two team-mates also
exchanged positions several times. Ultimately, Reiterberger finished
1.3 seconds ahead of Sykes.

Phillip Island also hosted the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship
(ASBK) season opener at the weekend. Glenn Allerton (AUS) from the
NextGen Motorsports/ Maxima BMW team was the highest placed BMW rider.
In the three races held, he claimed two seventh places and one ninth
place. His team-mate Ted Collins (AUS) finished 11th twice
and once in tenth position.

 

Quotes after race two at Phillip Island.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We
have to be satisfied with the first race weekend with our brand new
BMW S 1000 RR. We could, however, also see in the ‘Superpole Race’ and
in race two that we still can’t recall our true pace. We still lose on
the straight, but at other points of the track we are then right
behind the competition again. If we were alone on the track, we would
set top-six or top-eight times, but if we are in a race in the pack,
we can’t reproduce them because we are stuck. So the positive thing is
that our theoretical pace is already very good. Now we will do
everything we can to improve in our straight-line deficit. But this
first race weekend makes me basically confident for the course of the season.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“We’ve got to be realistic and we have probably reached
our goals for the first time we raced the BMW S 1000 RR so we are very
happy. We have had no major incidents and I think that we have proved
that the bike is going to be competitive very soon. We clearly have
our limitations at the moment and we will work hard on sorting them
out in the break before the next races. Both riders rode very well and
both have been very patient in understanding that we need to wait for
the development parts to come through. So from my side the overall
summary is that we can look forward to a very competitive bike over
the course of the season. We just need to be patient and wait for that
to arrive.”

Markus Reiterberger: “Today was much better than
yesterday. I really enjoyed the race. Even though I missed my goal,
the top-ten, I could at least see that it was possible. I would have
had the necessary pace if I had not started so far back after
difficulties in qualifying and if I had made a better start. In the
race itself I had a better feeling from the beginning,  and above all
more self-confidence. Although the grip level was even worse at
today’s higher temperatures than yesterday, we did a good job and took
another step in the right direction. I was able to out-brake some
opponents and gain a lot in the corners – that’s where our BMW S 1000
RR is really phenomenal. Unfortunately overtaking is still difficult
for us because we lose at the corner exit and on the straight. I take
the positives: the top-ten was possible, the feeling is better and the
direction is right. I would like to thank the entire team that works
tirelessly to make this progress possible. We are competing in the
world championship; that’s not a walk in the park. We are a very young
project and the potential is definitely there. Now I can’t wait until
we head to the next races.”

Tom Sykes: “It has been a challenging day but I have
to say that our results do not reflect where we really are. It is just
unfortunate that at the moment the bike still has some limitations in
straight-line performance but it’s still very early days. On the
positive side we have a very good chassis set-up so we were able to
make some good passes but then lost again on the easy part of the
track. We have shown what is possible by being in the top-five during
all tests and practices when we are riding alone, so we know which
area we have to work on with the bike and we now have some race
mileage under our belt. And I know that now the entire BMW Motorrad
WorldSBK Team will work hard to keep progressing like we did over winter.”

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Successful race debut for the new BMW S 1000 RR at the WorldSBK opener in Australia.

BMW:Successful race debut for the new BMW S 1000 RR at the WorldSBK opener in Australia.

Phillip Island. The new BMW S 1000 RR has completed its race
debut – just three months, after the series version was presented to
the world. At the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) season
opener at Phillip Island (AUS), race one was held on Saturday. BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider Tom Sykes (GBR) finished seventh on his
RR. His team-mate Markus Reiterberger crossed the line in
13th place.

 

Sykes secured fourth place on the grid in the Superpole qualifying on
Saturday morning. In the race he rode in the top-six for a long time
before slightly dropping back in the closing stages. Reiterberger
started from 13th place. After losing a few positions at
the start, he rode back into the points positions with his brand-new
RR in the following laps.

Quotes after race one at Phillip Island.

Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “The first
race was an immensely important milestone for us, and we can be very
satisfied with the result. We knew that our new BMW S 1000 RR has a
very good base for its use in WorldSBK but we certainly could not
expect that both riders would score points in the first race. A big
compliment to the entire team and colleagues at home in Munich and
Berlin for the work done in the short development time. Nevertheless,
we also saw today that we still have great potential.”

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We
are quite happy with the weekend so far. We have shown in the sessions
that we can be with the front-runners. On the other hand, you can also
see where we are still losing time at the moment but we were aware of
that when we came here after the few test days and we are working on
it. As soon as we improve in this area, we’ll be in the mix. We are
also pleased because two and a half months ago, we did not expect
these results.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“I think both riders did very well. We could not have
expected much more from Tom. He was in a battle with the front guys.
In a better situation we could have stayed in the tow, but eventually
another rider and him messed each other up and he lost touch with the
front guys. In my heart, I felt top six was a possibility; seventh is
kind of where we expected to be. So for me, Tom had a great race. On
the other side of the garage, Markus obviously suffered with
qualifying and a poor start. I addition, he struggled with grip but he
was in the company of some very good riders and finished only ten
seconds behind his team-mate – with a much poorer grid position. So we
can take a lot of hope from it and will make some changes overnight.”

Tom Sykes: “Consistently, we have been there in the
mix so I am obviously quite surprised about the progress of the whole
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. To be so competitive after just six test
days is quite special. I think everybody has seen on track that we had
some limitation on the straight line but the positive is that the BMW
S 1000 RR is certainly doing its job in the corners. There’s no
arguing that we have a very good base set-up in terms of chassis,
electronics and brakes. The potential is definitely there. We have one
race under our belt now; we keep on working and we keep on
progressing. And I have to say: for the base start, I think we
surprised quite a lot of people.”

Markus Reiterberger: “We continued to improve in
morning practice, but it seems that we start struggling with grip as
soon as temperatures rise. In the Superpole, we had an issue with a
sensor but I also have to admit that I did not have that comfortable
feeling and therefore didn’t have a good lap. Unfortunately my start
was not the best, and on the first laps I tried to save the rear tyre
for the distance. I succeeded, but overall it was just not possible to
finish further ahead. Position 13 is not what I personally expected,
but for BMW, finishing seventh was a good result. I think there is
still a lot of potential in me and in the bike that we can exploit. We
will keep working and I’m sure we will succeed.”

Original Press Release

2019 BMW Motorrad Motorsport Media Guide.

BMW:2019 BMW Motorrad Motorsport Media Guide.

Phillip Island.
The 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship 2019 (WorldSBK) gets
underway on Phillip Island, Australia this weekend. Part of the
action: the new BMW S 1000 RR and BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, with
the two riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Markus Reiterberger (GER). The
2019 BMW Motorrad Motorsport Media Guide provides comprehensive
information on the WorldSBK with the new RR. 

 

The Media Guide explains details of the race and production version
of the new BMW S 1000 RR. In interviews, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Director Marc Bongers and Team Principal Shaun Muir look ahead at the
season. And the two riders Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger outline
their impressions of the RR and their expectations for the first
races. The successful BMW Motorrad Motorsport customer racing
programme is also presented in more details. As in previous years,
2019 sees BMW racing customers contest international and national
championships around the world with support from Munich once again.

As part of the season opener on Phillip Island, the BMW Motorrad
WorldSBK team was presented on Friday evening, when Dr. Markus
Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad, Marc Bongers, Shaun Muir and the two
riders joined together to usher in the new season.

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BMW Group and Daimler AG invest more than €1 billion in joint mobility services provider

BMW:BMW Group and Daimler AG invest more than €1 billion in joint mobility services provider

Berlin
. The BMW Group and Daimler AG are pooling their
mobility services to create a new global player providing sustainable
urban mobility for customers. The two companies are investing more
than €1 billion in total to develop and more closely intermesh their
offerings for car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking, charging and
multimodal transport. The cooperation comprises five joint ventures:
REACH NOW for multimodal services, CHARGE NOW for charging, FREE NOW
for taxi ride-hailing, PARK NOW for parking and SHARE NOW for car-sharing.

“Our mobility services have developed a strong customer base and we
are now taking the next strategic step. We are pooling the strength
and expertise of 14 successful brands and investing more than €1
billion to establish a new player in the fast-growing market for urban
mobility,” said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of
Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “By creating an intelligent
network of joint ventures, we will be able to shape current and future
urban mobility and draw maximum benefit from the opportunities opened
up by digitalization, shared services and the increasing mobility
needs of our customers. Further cooperations with other providers,
including stakes in startups and established players, are also a
possible option.”

“We are creating a leading global game changer. The 60 million
customers we already have today will benefit from a seamlessly
integrated, sustainable ecosystem of car-sharing, ride-hailing,
parking, charging and multimodal transport services. We have a clear
vision: these five services will merge ever more closely to form a
single mobility service portfolio with an all-electric, self-driving
fleet of vehicles that charge and park autonomously and interconnect
with the other modes of transport,” said Harald Krüger, Management
Board Chairman of BMW AG. “This service portfolio will be a key
cornerstone in our strategy as a mobility provider. The cooperation is
the perfect way for us to maximize our chances in a growing market,
while sharing the investments.”

The two companies’ mobility services have a wealth of experience and
a strong customer base, with a combined total of over 60 million
active customers to date. Building on their current, highly attractive
product range and robust costumer base in the key regions of Europe
and America, the companies will grow their global footprint as their
existing mobility services combine to form five joint ventures:

·      REACH NOW offers more than 6.7 million users simple, direct
access to a range of mobility services through a single multimodal
platform. The REACH NOW apps will offer a range of options for getting
from A to B, allowing users to book and pay directly for public
transport and various other mobility options, such as car-sharing,
ride-hailing and bike rentals. REACH NOW will be managed by Daniela
Gerd tom Markotten as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with Johannes
Prantl as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

·      CHARGE NOW is a service by Digital Charging Solutions GmbH
(DCS), and its comprehensive charging network is a key contributor to
zero-emissions driving. CHARGE NOW makes public charge points quick
and easy to locate, use and pay for, both at home and abroad. Digital
Charging Solutions GmbH develops simple, standardised access to public
charge points for car manufacturers and fleet operators. With over
100,000 charge points across 25 countries, its white-label solutions
are helping OEMs and fleet operators to realise their strategies for
electric mobility. Customers benefit from cross-border access to one
of the world’s largest and fastest-growing charging networks, with
over 250 charge point operators (CPOs) to date.

·      PARK NOW makes parking easier, on-street or off. The
innovative digital parking service offers users the best possible
parking solutions at a glance, allows them to reserve parking slots
and manage their parking times, and enables ticketless entry and exit
in public garages as well as cashless payment of parking fees. In
addition, with the search for parking currently accounting for about
30 percent of the traffic on urban roads, PARK NOW is helping towns
and cities to reduce traffic volumes, thereby helping to make city
centres cleaner, healthier and more liveable. In Europe and North
America over 30 million customers are already using the service in
more than 1,100 cities. CHARGE NOW and PARK NOW are headed by Jörg
Reimann as CEO, with Thomas Menzel as CFO.

·      FREE NOW offers a variety of mobility services including
taxis, private chauffeurs with rental vehicles, and state-of-the-art
e-scooters, all at the tap of a finger. One of the largest
ride-hailing services in Europe and Latin America, FREE NOW already
serves more than 21 million customers and over 250,000 drivers, who
make a valuable contribution to the reduction of traffic in city
centres. FREE NOW is headed by Marc Berg as CEO, with Sebastian
Hofelich as CFO.

·      SHARE NOW is a free-floating car-sharing service that allows
customers to rent and pay for vehicles by smartphone — anytime,
anywhere. Its fleet will now be extended to incorporate a wider range
of models and increase market coverage. More than 4 million customers
in total currently use the fleet’s 20,000 vehicles in 31 cities around
the world. Car-sharing increases vehicle utilization rates, helping to
cut the overall number of cars on the roads in urban areas. Olivier
Reppert has been appointed CEO of SHARE NOW, with Stefan Glebke as CFO.

REACH NOW, CHARGE NOW, FREE NOW, PARK NOW and SHARE NOW represent
innovative solutions by the BMW Group and Daimler AG for cities and
municipalities seeking to make their traffic more efficient and
sustainable. Thanks to their established services, the joint venture
group already commands significant resources to support and
systematically enhance sustainable urban mobility.

“We are steering very clearly towards growth, and together we will
continue to invest consistently in our joint mobility services. As
well as linking in additional transport options, we want to reach out
to even more people in towns and cities across the world, thereby
improving the quality of urban life,” Krüger explained.

The new mobility portfolio will be easy to access, intuitive to use,
and will cater to customers’ needs. Its seamlessly integrated,
sustainable ecosystem will make mobility more convenient — because
cities are where the future of mobility will be decided. This is
confirmed by the choice of Berlin as the base for the organization’s
headquarters. A hub of creativity and innovation, the German capital
is an attractive location for employees and upcoming talents. The next
few years will see up to 1,000 new jobs created worldwide – including
in Berlin and Germany. After an initial phase of investment and
growth, the new joint venture group will offer attractive
profitability, which will be crucial to its success.

“As premium manufacturers, we have long been setting standards in the
automotive industry and for our customers. In the premium vehicle
business, we will continue to compete for customers. But our new
portfolio for individual urban mobility on demand represents a logical
extension to the value chain. Ultimately, we want to offer our
customers as many options as possible for getting from A to B. In
short, this is about driving, riding or being driven,” said Zetsche.

With their joint mobility services, the BMW Group and Daimler AG are
responding to mobility needs of today and the future with a focus on
cities. Digitalization is a key enabler as it creates new
opportunities for individual mobility. Over time, customers will be
able to use and experience additional mobility options from
all-electric autonomous fleets that are available on demand, charge
and park themselves, and connect with other modes of transport beyond
road and rail. In the competition for the best urban mobility
solution, the promise of safety and comfort by the two leading German
premium OEMs provides the basis for this to happen.

Daimler AG                                                               

Hendrik Sackmann

Corporate Communications                                      

Telephone: + 49 711 17-35014                                 

hendrik.sackmann@daimler.com                             

Daimler AG                                                               

Matthias Krust

Corporate Communications                                      

Telephone: + 49 711 17-40624                                 

matthias.krust@daimler.com                                    

BMW Group                                                              

Mathias Schmidt                                                       

Head of Corporate and Culture Communications

Telephone:

+49 89 382-24544
                                  

Mathias.M.Schmidt@bmw.de                              

BMW Group

Christina Hepe

Corporate Communications

Telephone:

+49 89 382-38770

Christina.Hepe@bmw.de                                          

This document contains forward-looking statements that reflect our
current views about future events. The words “anticipate,” “assume,”
“believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may”, “plan,” “project,”
“should” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking
statements. These statements are subject to many risks and
uncertainties, including an adverse development of global economic
conditions, in particular a decline of demand in our most important
markets; aworsening of the sovereign-debt crisis in the euro zone; a
deterioration of our funding possibilities on the credit and financial
markets; events of force majeure including natural disasters, acts of
terrorism, political unrest, industrial accidents and their effects on
our sales, purchasing, production or financial services activities;
changes in currency exchange rates; a shift in consumer preference
towards smaller, lower margin vehicles; or a possible lack of
acceptance of our products or services which limits our ability to
achieve prices as well as to adequately utilize our production
capacities; price increases in fuel or raw materials; disruption of
production due to shortages of materials, labor strikes, or supplier
insolvencies; a decline in resale prices of used vehicles; the
effective implementation of cost-reduction and efficiency-optimization
measures; the business outlook of companies in which we hold a
significant equity interest; the successful implementation of
strategic cooperations and joint ventures; changes in laws,
regulations and government policies, particularly those relating to
vehicle emissions, fuel economy and safety; the resolution of pending
governmental investigations and the conclusion of pending or
threatened future legal proceedings; and other risks and
uncertainties, some of which we describe under the heading “Risk
Report” in Daimler’s most recent Annual Report. If any of these risks
and uncertainties materialize, or if the assumptions underlying any of
our forward-looking statements prove incorrect, then our actual
results may be materially different from those we express or imply by
such statements. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update
these forward looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks
only as of the date on which it is made.

The BMW Group at a Glance

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

Daimler at a Glance

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive
companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks,
Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the
Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the
world’s largest producer of trucks above 6 tons. Daimler Financial
Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, investment
products and brokerage of credit cards and insurance, as well as
innovative mobility services. The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler
and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in
the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, it is a
motivation and commitment of Daimler to shape safely and sustainably
the future of mobility. The Group’s focus is on innovative and green
technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal
and fascinate. Daimler consequently invests in the development of
efficient drive trains with the long-term goal of locally
emission-free driving: from hightech combustion engines about hybrid
vehicles to electric drive trains powered by battery or fuel cell.
Furthermore, the company follows a consistent path towards intelligent
connectivity of its vehicles, autonomous driving and new mobility
concepts. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts
the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the
environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the
countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North
and South America, Asia, and Africa. Its current brand portfolio
includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive
brand, Mercedes-Benz (Source: Interbrand-Study, 10/4/2018), as well as
Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me, the brands smart, EQ,
Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, FUSO, Setra and Thomas Built
Buses, and Daimler Financial Services’ brands: Mercedes-Benz Bank,
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel,
car2go and mytaxi. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of
Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2018, the
Group sold 3.4 million vehicles and employed a workforce of around
298,700 people. Group revenue amounted to €167.4 billion. Group EBIT
amounted to €11.1 billion.

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