BMW has come up with a new mobility concept, Vision E³ Way, to provide a simple solution to challenges such as traffic congestion and air pollution in megacities. Developed by the company’s Shanghai technology office, it comprises an elevated road for two-wheel electric vehicles linking key traffic hubs in urban conurbations.
The three E's stand for ‘elevated’, ‘electric’ and ‘efficient – the concept's defining properties, explains BMW. And the prestige car maker says the elevated road’s simple and modular design makes it economical to build while providing fast, direct links between key traffic hubs.
The excusive use of two-wheel vehicles means no risk of collisions with cars, while the general risk of accidents is reduced via an automatic speed limit of 25 km/h. A complex system of lanes separates filtering traffic from flowing traffic, and not until travel speed has been attained do they merge.
"In China, more than a billion people will be living in cities by 2050,” says Dr Markus Seidel, director of BMW Group Technology Office in Shanghai. “The country will become the global incubator for numerous mobility innovations such as the BMW Vision E 3 Way. After all, nowhere else is there such an urgent need for action."
BMW last month announced that it was converting an old industrial complex in Shanghai’s Jing’An area to a co-living location comprising apartments, along with working and cultural/leisure spaces via its Mini Living city design platform.
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