• Jan 25th 2011 at 3:57PM
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Wherever You Want to Go documentary - Click above to watch video after the jump

We've spent lifetimes obsessing over the next stage in the human transportation saga. Constantly unsatisfied with the humble car, we've looked ever onward toward rocket ships, jet packs and personal flying contraptions of varying design to take care of ferrying us to work in greater comfort and speed than ever before imagined. BMW seems to be willing to wade into that universe with its new four-part documentary on the future of mobility called Wherever You Want to Go. The film delves into the various forms of what we think of as futuristic transportation by speaking with everyone from Buzz Aldrin to Syd Meade, Robin Chase and Marissa Mayer. Most interestingly for people interested in more efficient transportation, the apparent last segment is all about hyper-efficient city mobility.

If you're thinking this all sounds like an automaker rallying the troops against the internal combustion engine, don't be so sure, since the short trailer features a ride in a Superbird clone. Hit the jump to soak up the trailer. BMW will release the films on February 1, 8, 15 and 22nd, so stay tuned, and we expect at least a little bit about the Megacity Vehicle we've heard so much about.

[Sources: YouTube, Activate the Future]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I have owned and driven a number of cars over the years (I am 52) lived in Germany (now in Belgium) and can tell you that of all the cars I have had, the BMW's have been the worst. Great out of the showroom, and straight back into the shop for all sorts of high tech repairs. BMW's are not drivers cars.. they are overpriced, over engineered, and a riot on wet or snowy roads. Its always funny how these rear wheel dinosaurs pirouette on the tarmac when every other front wheel drive coasts solidly passed carrying their drivers in safety. BMW's recommended solution? a sack of sand in the trunk. BMW will never be at forefront of anything, except maybe in taking your hard earned cash out of your pocket... what a laugh
      • 8 Months Ago
      well it's FUD. smoke and mirrors to give the impression that BMW is at the forefront of vehicle tech. meanwhile they keep pushing their primitive wasteful heavy soft iron combustion engine cars.
      think of it as glossy lamination of Merkel's ticket to hell
        • 8 Months Ago
        I have still addressed some of your points and was simply stating my opinions. I don't expect you to agree with me because you clearly quite enjoy talking down to people to feel better about yourself, either way, have good night Dan :)
        • 8 Months Ago
        BMW's MegaCity could become the first high-volume production car to use a carbon-fiber passenger cell. Isn't that exactly the kind of radical weight-saving change to vehicle construction that you've been asking for?

        And it's unlikely that BMW would invest $400 million into manufacturing facilities, and field-test over 500 electric-converted Mini mules, if they weren't dedicated to producing the car.
        • 8 Months Ago
        jandrews, you tried to misunderstand and you succeeded. all to close your eyes, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
        head in the sand.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Dan you may be correct on some of your points, but your original comment is somewhat random. The preview here is not saying BMW is going to save the world or anything.

        You can believe automakers aren't doing enough to get rid of ICE's and a lot of people would rightfully agree with you. BMW is although working on certain projects such as the Megacity, the Mini e's, and the Efficient Dynamics concept, as Evan noted. This may not be enough but at least it's showing some change and progression, and they continue to build ICE cars because yes, they make money! Call them greedy if you will, but it's a business, not a charity, and they need money to continue projects like the Megacity, Mini E etc.
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        yes it is but the curious thing about these people is that they can be schizo. they can commit to a very expensive carbon fiber program at the same time as they drag their feet and stall and do disinfo and FUD. Take Bob Lutz and the Volt as an example. he's so ignorant that he thinks global warming is made up and he doesn't really believe in electric cars but they did one anyway primarily because they were shamed by who killed the electric car. and obviously GM is not fully committed to green. the Volt was half assed and all their other vehicles are still the same old wasteful crude engineering, fatter than ever. nice polish and finish but crude cast iron steam locomotives. to understand human beings you really have to be able to handle the idea that they are complex tapestries of stupidity :) I know it's not flattering but for those few of us who sober up that is indeed the very clear picture of humanity. particularly in big business environments that have a natural tendency to attract the most evil because it likes power and there is a lot of temptation. fraternization with big oil is to be expected and the result is predictable. and like deep throat said in the watergate nixon conspiracy, 'they are not very bright guys and things got out of hand'.
        you also have to understand that there will be the occasional talented engineers of good will in those companies that will see the big picture but will either corrupt themselves or end up being fired because they wont play ball. the technical competencies I ask for will periodically exist in these car companies but they are stifled by the mindless evil suits upstairs. and to add nuance, often times the engineers will lack any spine or leadership and will not promote anything good. they will just be 'good' servants and do exactly as told with no objection. even in cases where gentle mature suggestions could have changed the world.
        a lot of good engineering decisions are very profitable so the irony is that the mindless suits at the top are not just rational profit maximizers, they go out of their way to be wrong and their companies could be much more successful had they listened to reason. another word is short sighted. the thing about evil is that it is inherently stupid at some critical level. take hitler for example. he could have made germany a peaceful and super prosperous place, decades ahead of everyone else but no, they had to get a little carried away : ) that's evil. always stupid. ALWAYS

        a dominant part of the automakers minds still believe cars will always be soft heavy steel and ICE powered. even BMW, I guarantee it. they really are that thoughtless.
        it is hard to believe, I know, but it's how it is. and you the sheeple enable them by not objecting.
        this is what Einstein meant when he said human stupidity is infinite. not because he was a jerk about being smarter than others, but because like me he could see you go out of your way to avoid understanding things. not because you can't understand but because you wont.
        you vote for wars that are obviously based on lies and result in murder of millions. what are we supposed to think of you?
        I share Einstein's frustration but I also know that some of you can wake up just like I did. it's a matter of choice.
        you could try holding your breath, not to pass out but to assert choice over comfort. and listen to some rage against the machine. temet nosce.
        being righteous in this world is no picnic but in the end you'll be very glad you did.

        behold I send you out as sheep amidst the wolves, be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
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