IAA Round-Up: Audi, BMW, Bosch Continental, Faurecia, Ford, Hyundai, Luminar, Mobileye, Mercedes-Benz, MINI &Volkswagen

The IAA will host over 100 world premieres. The new concept for the IAA MOBILITY is so attractive that in its first year, over 70 brands from the bicycle sector have already registered to participate. Here’s the news from IAA as of today in alphabetical order from Audi, BMW, Bosch Continental, Faurecia, Ford, Hyundai, Luminar, Mobileye, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Volkswagen and Webasto,

Audi

Audi is showing its grandsphere concept with a glimpse of the future of automated driving² that puts people squarely at the center. The Audi grandsphere concept¹ offers passengers a customizable world of experience for all the senses, featuring first-class comfort and controls based on eye tracking and gesture recognition.

At the “House of Progress” on Wittelsbacherplatz, visitors can discover the all-electric Audi grandsphere concept car, which reinterprets both luxury and mobility. Current electric models from Audi’s lineup will be available for test drives in front of the pavilion, including the dynamic Audi RS e-tron GT and the new Audi Q4 e-tron. At the adjacent “Charging Experience,” the brand with the four rings will be providing information on current and future charging options. Audi is also engaging IAA visitors in a dialog through its interactive “journey2progress” scavenger hunt that introduces them to the brand’s four key values: sustainability, digitalization, performance, and design.

BMW:

At IAA, the BMW Group ensures that visitors will arrive at their destination in their BMW safely and without traffic jams and also avoid unnecessary inner-city traffic. The engineers of the BMW Group have designed an “Intermodal Companion @ IAA MOBILITY” – an In-Car app that offers visitors to the IAA various options, depending on their route and destination. This vehicle app uses geo-fencing technology, which already ensures that hybrid vehicles of the BMW Group drive fully electrically in more than 80 European cities.

BMW customers can register prior to the IAA with their ConnectedDrive account via the website companion.bmw.de for the “Intermodal Companion @ IAA MOBILITY”. It is then uploaded to their vehicle before the IAA by an over-the-air upgrade process.

Depending on their direction of arrival and IAA destination, users of the In-Car app can select various BMW multi-storey car parks and park&ride car parks in the city of Munich as parking and transfer points. From there, they can easily reach their destination at the trade fair or the Open Space. If intermodal arrival by public transport is selected, users are automatically directed via the In-Car app to one of the transfer points, where they can simply book a ticket for the MVV (Munich public transport system) using a QR code.

In the future, multimodal apps and connections to other mobility providers will ensure that mobility for BMW customers in urban environments is as smooth and uncomplicated as possible.

Vehicle requirements:

  • BMW vehicle equipped with active Connected Drive services
  • BMW vehicle equipped with on-board navigation system
  • BMW vehicle with year of manufacture 2018 or later

Driving pleasure in a variety of forms, innovations designed to increase sustainability across the board and visions for the urban mobility of tomorrow form the core of the BMW Group’s presence at the IAA Mobility 2021 show. A presentation of the latest new models and pioneering technological innovations gives visitors to the event – which is taking place for the first time in the company’s home city of Munich on 7–12 September 2021 – an overview of premium mobility in its present-day and future forms.

At an array of locations around the Bavarian capital, the BMW Group – the largest exhibitor at the IAA – will offer visitors active driving experiences, insights into its development work and the opportunity to discuss the challenges of the future. At the heart of it all are the company’s far-reaching sustainability goals. The BMW Group has announced that it will reduce its CO2 emissions by more than 200 million tonnes by 2030. This will be achieved by making changes in areas such as raw materials extraction, production, the usage phase of its vehicles and recycling. The aim is to cut CO2 emissions from production by 80 per cent up to 2030 and bring a total of around ten million fully electric vehicles onto the roads over the next ten years or so. In addition, the company is planning to reduce CO2 emissions per vehicle over the course of its lifecycle by at least a third.

Circular economy is the central theme of IAA Mobility 2021.
A heightened commitment to a circular economy and the associated lower resources consumption will have a significant impact. This is why the BMW Group is making circular economy the central theme of IAA Mobility 2021. With its “Re:think, Re:duce, Re:use, Re:cycle” approach, the company is revealing an all-encompassing view of how the use of primary raw materials can be dramatically reduced for the vehicles of the future. In order to reduce resources consumption per vehicle, the proportion of secondary materials used – e.g. recycled steel, plastic or aluminium – needs to increase significantly.

The BMW Group is also taking a holistic view of sustainability, and that means addressing social sustainability, materials procurement, supply chains and social responsibility when it comes to both the community as a whole and its employees. The company is aiming to put in place the most sustainable supply chain in the whole of the automotive industry.

The BMW iX: technology flagship for sustainable mobility.
Of the new vehicles taking to the stage at the IAA Mobility 2021, the star of the show is the BMW iX. The BMW Group’s new technology flagship is blazing a trail for innovations in the fields of electric mobility and digitalisation. Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology enables locally emission-free driving pleasure with electric all-wheel drive and a long operating range. The BMW iX is based on a new future toolkit covering various development fields – the on-board network architecture, software, digital services, connectivity and automated driving functions. The advances achieved as a result can be seen in the latest generation of the iDrive control/operating system, exceptionally efficient energy management and numerous innovative driver assistance systems.

The BMW iX is a modern SUV which has been designed from the inside out and which redefines the idea of interior spaciousness and luxury. The BMW Group has set a high bar for sustainability with the vehicle concept, materials selection, raw materials extraction and manufacturing of the BMW iX. The model variants available from launch will be powered by one electric motor at the front axle and another at the rear axle, together producing a system output of 385 kW/523 hp in the BMW iX xDrive50 (electric power consumption combined as per WLTP: 23.0 – 19.8 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) and 240 kW/326 hp in the BMW iX xDrive40 (electric power consumption combined as per WLTP: 22.5 – 19.4 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km).

The BMW i4: electric mobility arrives at the core of the BMW brand.
The BMW i4 brings fully electric mobility to the premium midsize class for the first time – and, in so doing, to the core of the BMW brand. The BMW i4 combines a particularly sporting take on locally emission-free driving pleasure with the spaciousness and practicality of a four-door gran coupé. Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, the new BMW iDrive and a large selection of driver assistance systems mark out its progressive character.

The BMW i4 is available in two model variants from launch, one of which is the first ever BMW M car with a locally emission-free drive system. The BMW i4 M50 (electric power consumption combined: 22.5 – 18.0 kWh/100 km as per WLTP, CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) employs an electric motor at both the front and rear axle to produce system output of 400 kW/544 hp. The richly engaging driving pleasure on offer ensures it lives up to its billing as the performance-focused work of BMW M GmbH. The BMW i4 eDrive40 (electric power consumption combined: 19.1 – 16.1 kWh/ 100 km as per WLTP, CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) combines a 250 kW/340 hp electric motor with classical rear-wheel drive.

The new BMW 2 Series Coupé: peerless driving pleasure in the premium compact segment.
The new BMW 2 Series Coupé sets new sporting standards in the premium compact segment with its dynamics-focused vehicle concept. An extrovert design brimming with youthful freshness provides a clear nod to the performance attributes of the two-door model, while rear-wheel drive and chassis technology carried over from the BMW 4 Series Coupé serve up peerless driving pleasure. This is showcased to particularly good effect in the new BMW M240i xDrive Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 8.8 – 8.1 l/100 km [32.1 – 34.9 mpg imp] as per WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 200 – 185 g/km as per WLTP). This performance model from BMW M GmbH is powered by a 275 kW/374 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds.

The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé: an elegant blend of dynamism and functionality.
Signature BMW driving pleasure, sporting elegance and modern functionality come together in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé. Its vehicle concept – comprising four doors, a large tailgate, dynamically flowing lines and five full-size seats – brings a highly distinctive character profile to the premium reaches of the midsize class. The second generation of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé also makes its mark in fine style with noticeably enhanced driving dynamics, a sharper design in the brand’s new design language, a refined premium ambience in the cabin and a wide array of innovations in the areas of control/operation and connectivity. Five model variants will be available from launch, developing between 135 kW/184 hp and 275 kW/374 hp.

The new BMW X3 and new BMW X4: more sporting, more modern, more digital.
Extremely sporty looks and extensively updated technology headline the forward-looking character of the new BMW X3 and new BMW X4. Fresh design accents and additional equipment features enhance the appeal of the Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupé for the premium midsize class, and the new design of the front and rear ends underlines their rugged allure. The new BMW X4 packs extra visual punch with its exclusive BMW mesh-style kidney grille. Standard equipment for its interior now includes Sensatec-trimmed sport seats and three-zone automatic climate control. And also fitted as standard are BMW Live Cockpit Plus with a 10.25-inch control display, the BMW Maps navigation system and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. The 48V mild-hybrid technology now included with all petrol engines boosts both efficiency and dynamism.

The BMW CE 04: BMW Motorrad’s silent revolution.
BMW Motorrad is taking its electric mobility strategy for urban areas to the next level. The BMW CE 04, for example, delivers sustainable driving pleasure on two wheels. With an electric drive system, future-focused design and innovative connectivity solutions, the new scooter brings twin functionality (transport and communications) together within a single package. With maximum output of 31 kW/42 hp, the BMW CE 04 has the power required for spirited bursts of speed. Sophisticated battery and charging technology enables both a range of around 130 kilometres (81 miles) and rapid replenishment of power levels. Standard specification for the BMW CE 04 includes a cockpit with a 10.25-inch colour display, a navigation system and extensive connectivity functions.

The BMW iX, the BMW i4.

Two enormously captivating new models mark the next steps in the BMW Group’s ongoing electrification offensive. The BMW iX, the company’s new technology flagship, is based on a new toolkit for the future, whose vast potential for innovations in the areas of automated driving, control/operation, connectivity and digital services translates into a premium mobility experience unmatched by any other model in this segment. It combines the proportions of a modern Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) with exceptional levels of interior luxury and spaciousness. The BMW i4 brings purely electric mobility to the premium midsize segment and therefore the very heart of the BMW brand. The sporty yet graceful gran coupé serves up locally emission-free driving pleasure in a dynamically compelling package, with the first ever electrified BMW M model – the BMW i4 M50 – set to deliver a particularly exhilarating performance experience.

The BMW iX will be produced at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing and the BMW i4 at BMW Group Plant Munich. The market launch of both models gets underway in November 2021, meaning that the BMW i4 is making its debut around three months earlier than originally planned.

The fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology fitted in both cars comprises a drive unit that brings together the electric motor, power electronics and transmission within a single housing, plus high-voltage batteries featuring the very latest cell technology, sophisticated power electronics and the innovative Combined Charging Unit for quick and efficient charging.

The BMW iX and BMW i4 are also the first models to come with the new generation of the iDrive display and operating system, which expands the interaction between driver and vehicle and turns it into a natural dialogue. It is based on BMW Operating System 8 and was designed with a clear focus on the touchscreen operation of the BMW Curved Display and on verbal communication with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which also benefits from an extensive upgrade.

Another shared element of these two models is a holistic approach to sustainability that is deeply ingrained in the character of the BMW i brand and also spans the entire supply chain. The BMW Group self-procures the cobalt and lithium required for the high-voltage batteries from monitored sources and then supplies them to the battery cell manufacturers. The design principle underpinning the electric motors avoids the need to use rare earth metals for the drive unit’s rotors. Both the cars themselves and the battery cells will be manufactured using green power across the board. Resource-efficient production is further aided by the use of a high proportion of secondary raw materials and recycled materials. In addition, FSC-certified wood, leather tanned with olive leaf extracts and other natural materials can also be found in the cabin of the BMW iX. The raw materials used for manufacturing the floor coverings and mats include recycled fishing nets.

BMW iX: electric all-wheel drive, well-balanced driving characteristics.
The BMW iX model variants available from launch are equipped with an electric motor at both the front and rear axle, creating an electric all-wheel-drive system. The motors generate a combined output of 385 kW/523 hp in the BMW iX xDrive50, enabling it to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in 4.6 seconds. The drive system in the BMW iX xDrive40 puts maximum output of 240 kW/326 hp on tap and propels the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.1 seconds. An even more powerful BMW M model is set to join the line-up at a later date.

The efficient powertrain technology and high energy density of the high-voltage batteries result in sufficient operating range for long-distance journeys; the WLTP-calculated figures are up to 630 kilometres (391 miles) for the BMW iX xDrive50 and up to 425 kilometres (264 miles) for the BMW iX xDrive40.

The body structure, design principle and chassis tuning of the BMW iX are geared to providing both superb ride comfort and sporty handling. Thanks to its well-balanced driving characteristics, the iX feels solid and comfortable on the road, yet also exudes fleet-footed agility. The aluminium spaceframe construction and the Carbon Cage’s use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the roof, flanks and rear serve to minimise weight. A raft of aerodynamics measures helps to achieve a Cd of 0.25. The electric all-wheel drive is combined with fast-acting and precise near-actuator wheel slip limitation. The chassis technology can be upgraded as an option by adding two-axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering or Sport brakes.

Innovative driver assistance systems, luxurious interior ambience.
The BMW iX comes with the most extensive spread of driver assistance systems ever fitted as standard on a BMW, along with a wealth of extra innovations. The front collision warning system, for instance, now detects oncoming traffic when turning left (in countries where vehicles drive on the right) as well as cyclists and pedestrians when turning right.

The BMW iX has been designed comprehensively from the inside out. Its interior has been created to provide quality of life and personal well-being. Vast amounts of room and newly developed seats with integral head restraints set the tone for the luxurious ambience. The absence of a centre tunnel creates extra legroom, plus sufficient space for storage areas and a centre console designed in the style of a high-quality piece of furniture.

On the outside, the clearly structured, reduced design language, the imposing body styling and the numerous precisely crafted details bring the progressive interpretation of luxury to the fore. One of the highlights of the body design is the almost completely blanked off BMW kidney grille, whose surface is the product of innovative manufacturing techniques and incorporates camera and radar sensors.

BMW i4: smile-inducing driving dynamics, exceptional design coherence.
The BMW i4 is the brand’s first fully electric model to have been expressly designed to deliver dynamic performance from the outset. It will be launched with a choice of two model variants. The drive system in the BMW i4 M50 comprises electric motors at both the front and rear axle with a combined maximum output of 400 kW/544 hp, enabling the BMW M model to race from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds. At the same time, it achieves a range of up to 521 kilometres (324 miles) in the WLTP test cycle. In the BMW i4 eDrive40, meanwhile, a 250 kW/340 hp electric motor teams up with classical rear-wheel drive. It completes the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 5.7 seconds and posts a WLTP-calculated range of up to 591 kilometres (367 miles).

The compact drive units are mounted to their respective axle subframes by an elastic bearing. The extremely slim high-voltage battery with a cell height of just 110 millimetres is located low down in the vehicle floor, where it is fixed to an aluminium shear panel and the front axle subframe. The weight-optimised body with high torsional rigidity, a Cd of 0.24, the long wheelbase and wide tracks provide an ideal platform for delivering the sporting prowess for which BMW is renowned, combined with excellent long-distance comfort. In addition, the BMW i4 boasts a degree of design coherence its rivals cannot match. It is far more than just a powerful electric car capable of accelerating rapidly in a straight line. Indeed, making effortless progress at all times, even in extremely demanding situations, is also part of its performance repertoire, as is precisely controllable handling. This is enabled not only by a vehicle concept majoring in sporting flair, but also by the integrated application of all powertrain and chassis components.

The sophisticated chassis technology present in the BMW i4 as standard includes lift-related dampers, an integrated braking system, rear air suspension and near-actuator wheel slip limitation. The BMW i4 M50 turns things up another notch, featuring adaptive M suspension with bespoke tuning, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes and M light-alloy wheels – optionally available in sizes up to 20 inches – with mixed-size tyres.

Dynamism, elegance and modern functionality.
The BMW i4 combines the hallmark sporting elegance of the brand’s coupés with the comfort of a four-door car and modern functionality. The tailgate opens wide to reveal a luggage compartment with a capacity of 470 – 1,290 litres. Inside, the cabin’s dominant features are the driver-focused cockpit, luxurious premium ambience and generously sized, variable-use space on offer. Acoustic glazing and a pre-heating and pre-conditioning function are included as standard, along with sport seats and a Sport leather steering wheel. A range of customisation options beyond any segment rival further underlines the car’s premium character.

Around 40 assistance functions designed to enhance comfort and safety are either fitted in the BMW i4 as standard or available as options. Highlights here include Active Cruise Control with automatic Speed Limit Assist, route monitoring and (in Germany) traffic light recognition, as well as the Steering and Lane Control Assistant.

The new BMW 2 Series Coupé.

The character of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé is rooted in a particularly concentrated distillation of the Bavarian carmaker’s signature driving pleasure. The new edition of the two-door model excites with dynamic performance that comfortably outstrips that of its predecessor and is vividly expressed by a further example of the new and extremely clear BMW design language at work. A fresh, youthful and extrovert aura is complemented by thoroughly engineered and perfectly balanced driving attributes. Thanks to a vehicle concept geared squarely to maximising sporting allure, the new BMW 2 Series Coupé delivers an emotionally rich driving experience with segment-leading performance. Credit here goes to both its classical rear-wheel drive and the presence of a six-cylinder in-line engine – a unique proposition in this segment.

The new 2 Series Coupé builds on a long tradition of compact and extremely sporty cars sharing the number 2 in the model badge. One of its most legendary ancestors is the BMW 2002 turbo, which became the first series-produced European car with a turbocharged engine at launch in 1973.

When the market launch of the new 2 Series Coupé gets underway at the beginning of 2022, customers will be able to choose from three engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The BMW M240i xDrive Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 8.8 – 8.1 l/100 km [32.1 – 34.9 mpg imp] in WLTP cycle, CO2 emissions combined: 200 – 185 g/km in WLTP cycle) is powered by a 275 kW/374 hp six-cylinder in-line engine. This will be joined by the new BMW 220i Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 6.8 – 6.3 l/100 km [41.5 – 44.8 mpg imp] in WLTP cycle; CO2 emissions combined: 155 – 144 g/km in WLTP cycle) with a 135 kW/184 hp four-cylinder petrol unit and the new BMW 220d Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 5.1 – 4.7 l/100 km [55.4 – 60.1 mpg imp] in WLTP cycle; CO2 emissions combined: 132 – 122 g/km in WLTP cycle), whose four-cylinder diesel engine develops maximum output of 140 kW/190 hp and hooks up with 48V mild-hybrid technology. All the engines work in tandem with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.

Sophisticated chassis with technology carried over from the BMW 4 Series.
Exceptionally sophisticated chassis components originally designed for the BMW 4 Series ensure supreme driveability. The two-joint spring strut front axle and five-link rear axle have been engineered to reduce weight while increasing rigidity. Lift-related dampers are fitted as standard for sportier handling and superior ride comfort.

M Sport suspension incorporating variable sport steering can be specified as an option and also provides the basis for the model-specific set-up of the new BMW M240i xDrive Coupé. The range-topping model also comes as standard with an M Sport braking system and an M Sport differential at the rear axle, while adaptive M suspension is available as an option.

Individual proportions, athletic forms.
Powerful proportions set within the classical three-box design of bonnet, passenger compartment and boot signal the dynamic potential of the new 2 Series Coupé. Its athletically sculpted surfaces and dynamic lines represent the visual expression of pure driving pleasure.

The horizontal BMW kidney grille features vertically arranged air flaps in place of the classical bars. The standard full-LED headlights are positioned at the outer extremities of the front end. Inspired by the legendary BMW 02 models, they have an individual, circular design.

Sporting flair in the interior, innovative driver assistance systems, advanced digitalisation.
The driver-focused cockpit design and the modern control panel in the centre console heighten the pervasive sense of sporting flair in the interior of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé. Sport seats and a Sport leather steering wheel both come as standard.

The new BMW 2 Series Coupé enhances safety and comfort with a significantly expanded selection of driver assistance systems over the predecessor model. The BMW Head-Up Display is just one of the features available for this model for the first time. The cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system is included as part of the BMW Live Cockpit Plus and BMW Live Cockpit Professional options. A variety of advanced digital services are also available, including the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and Remote Software Upgrades.

The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé.

Signature BMW driving pleasure and sporting elegance brought together with modern functionality: the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé is poised to build on the success of its predecessor with this blend of qualities plus well-conceived enhancements to its inherent attributes and product substance. Like its freshly updated BMW 4 Series siblings, the third body variant in the range also makes its mark with notably improved driving dynamics, sharper looks in keeping with the brand’s new design language, a refined premium ambience in the cabin and a wide array of innovations in the areas of control/operation and connectivity. Four doors, five full-size seats, a large, wide-opening tailgate and a versatile luggage compartment also help to ensure the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé retains its characteristic strengths both in everyday driving and on longer trips.

The new edition of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé will be built at BMW Group Plant Munich together with the all-electric BMW i4. Market launch will get underway in November 2021 with a choice of a high-performance model from BMW M GmbH and four other model variants. The new BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 8.5 – 8.0 l/100 km [33.2 – 35.3 mpg imp] in WLTP cycle; CO2 emissions combined: 193 – 181 g/km in WLTP cycle) is powered by a 275 kW/374 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine. The launch line-up is completed by four-cylinder petrol and diesel models producing outputs ranging from 135 kW/184 hp up to 180 kW/245 hp. 48V mild-hybrid technology has been employed to give a further boost to the dynamism and efficiency of both the straight-six petrol engine and the diesel units. All the engines channel their power via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.

Dynamically stretched coupé lines, versatile interior.
Distinctive proportions and dynamically stretched lines combine to give the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé its standalone appearance in the premium midsize segment. Larger exterior dimensions compared with its predecessor, a longer wheelbase and wider tracks endow the car with a greater sense of presence, sportier performance and improved ride comfort.

Sport seats and a Sport leather steering wheel are fitted as standard. The cabin’s dynamic styling is further emphasised by features such as knee pads on the centre console in the BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé and models in M Sport specification. The model-specific body concept of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé enables a versatile interior offering generous amounts of space in the rear. The luggage compartment can be increased in size from 470 to a maximum of 1,290 litres.

Bespoke chassis set-up, wide choice of driver assistance systems.
The model-specific geometry, mounting and set-up of the chassis technology in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé are key to its sublime dynamics. Lift-related dampers are included with both the standard chassis and the optional M Sport suspension. There is also the option of adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers. The two optional suspension variants come with the added benefit of variable sport steering. The standard equipment roster for the new BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupé includes 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, bespoke suspension tuning, M Sport brakes and an M Sport differential with electronically controlled, fully variable locking function at the rear axle.

Around 40 assistance functions designed to facilitate comfortable and safe driving and parking are either fitted as standard in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé or included on the options list. Highlights here include Active Cruise Control with automatic Speed Limit Assist, route monitoring and (in Germany) traffic light recognition, as well as the Steering and Lane Control Assistant.

Both driver and passengers will benefit from the increased possibilities opened up by BMW Operating System 7, which comes as standard. The optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional features a fully digital screen grouping of 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch control display, as well as the cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system. A variety of highly advanced digital services are also available. The standard smartphone integration feature allows Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to be accessed via the car’s operating system. And the Remote Software Upgrades function enables improved vehicle functions and additional digital services to be imported into the car over the air.

The new BMW X3, the new BMW X4.

More sporting, more modern, more digital: the new BMW X3 and new BMW X4 are preparing to write a new chapter in their respective success stories. Fresh design accents, additional equipment features and a newly structured product offering enhance the appeal of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) for the premium midsize class.

The newly designed front end and revised rear emphasise the robust off-road appearance and sporting looks of the two models even more clearly. Now more visually striking (in its upper section, in particular), the BMW kidney grille is also larger than before and has a single-piece frame. The headlights – around ten millimetres slimmer than previously – can now also be specified as an option with BMW Laserlight. The exclusive BMW mesh-style kidney grille brings a distinctive flourish to the front end of the new BMW X4.

A modern interior with new equipment features and an updated infotainment offering round off the update measures. A classily designed control panel on the centre console, a standard-fitted 10.25-inch control display, an expanded selection of driver assistance systems and innovative digital services mark out the forward-looking character of the two models. The substantially upgraded standard specification now also includes sport seats with new-generation Sensatec covers, new Ray graining, and perforated main seat surfaces, plus three-zone automatic climate control.

The newly structured product offering redoubles its focus on sporting appeal and rugged versatility. High-quality exterior and interior elements in the BMW X model family mould have been added to the range of standard equipment for the new BMW X3 and new BMW X4. As an alternative, an M Sport package is also available for both models. At the top end of the respective model line-ups are exceptionally powerful performance machines from BMW M GmbH with bespoke specification and either a petrol or diesel engine under the bonnet.

48V mild-hybrid technology now for all engines.
Both the new BMW X3 and new BMW X4 can be ordered with a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines developing between 135 kW/184 hp and 265 kW/360 hp. All the petrol engines now also team up with 48V mild-hybrid technology, ensuring an optimised balance between driving pleasure and fuel economy. Even more efficient is the plug-in hybrid BMW X3 xDrive30e (combined fuel consumption, weighted: 2.6 – 2.0 l/100 km [108.6 – 141.2 mpg imp] as per WLTP; combined electric power consumption, weighted: 20.5 – 18.9 kWh/100 km as per WLTP; combined CO2 emissions, weighted: 59 – 45 g/km as per WLTP) with a system output of 215 kW/292 hp. All the drive systems channel their power to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

Extensive updates also introduced for the BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M.
BMW M GmbH has also introduced a comprehensive upgrade for its high-performance SAV and SAC in the premium midsize class. As well as new design features, M-specific changes and a new operating concept, the new BMW X3 M Competition (combined fuel consumption: 11.0 – 10.8 l/100 km [25.7 – 26.2 mpg imp] as per WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 250 – 246 g/km as per WLTP) and new BMW X4 M Competition (combined fuel consumption: 10.8 – 10.7 l/100 km [26.2 – 26.4 mpg imp] as per WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 247 – 238 g/km as per WLTP) also serve up even greater pulling power. Alongside the larger BMW kidney grille and slimmer headlights, the now even more expressive design of the M-specific front apron represents a particularly prominent element of the cars’ muscular appearance.

The 375 kW/510 hp six-cylinder in-line engine powering the BMW X3 M Competition and BMW X4 M Competition now uses a forged lightweight crankshaft and generates peak torque of 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) – an increase of 50 Nm (37 lb-ft). Optimised power delivery allows the two models to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds quicker than before.

The new BMW CE 04.

BMW Motorrad is taking its electric mobility strategy for urban areas to the next level. The BMW CE 04, for example, delivers sustainable driving pleasure on two wheels. With an electric drive system, future-focused design and innovative connectivity solutions, the new scooter brings twin functionality (transport and communications) together within a single package. And in the process it sets new standards in its segment in terms of design and technology.

Like the BMW CE 04, all new models from BMW Motorrad designed for urban mobility will in future run on electric power alone. Here, the brand benefits from its integration into the BMW Group; BMW Motorrad is unique among motorcycle manufacturers in its ability to call on experience and knowhow from the car sector in the development of electric models.

Powerful drive system, long range.
The new BMW CE 04 has a permanent magnet electric motor mounted in the frame between the battery and the rear wheel, as used in a similar form in BMW cars with a plug-in hybrid system. The new BMW CE 04 has a powerful motor developing maximum output of 31 kW/42 hp and is a lot of fun to ride. It needs just 2.6 seconds for the classic “traffic light start” from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph). And even in the reduced output L3e-A1 class it is a lively performer, with 23 kW/31 hp on tap. The maximum speed of both versions is 120 km/h (75 mph), enabling speedy progress not only in the city but on main roads and motorways, too.

The cell capacity of the battery in the new BMW CE 04 is ample, at 60.6 Ah (8.9 kWh). This is sufficient for a range of some 130 kilometres / 81 miles (reduced output version: 100 km / 62 miles). The lithium-ion battery is charged via the integrated charging unit at either a regular household socket, a Wallbox or a public charging point. When the battery is completely flat, it takes four hours and 20 minutes to replenish. The optional rapid charger – with an output of up to 6.9 kW – cuts the charging time to just one hour and 40 minutes from empty.

Suspension providing excellent directional stability, standard slip control, brakes with BMW Motorrad ABS, four riding modes.
The main frame of the BMW CE 04 is a tubular steel construction. The front wheel is controlled by a telescopic fork with a slider tube diameter of 35 millimetres. Rear wheel control consists of a single-sided swing arm. At the rear, suspension and damping are via a directly controlled, fully covered spring strut located on the left-hand side.

The standard Automatic Stability Control (ASC) limits engine torque in relation to rear wheel slip. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), available as an option, delivers even greater riding safety. At the front, a twin disc brake provides secure deceleration, supported by a single-disc system at the rear. In addition, BMW Motorrad ABS ensures a high level of active safety. ABS Pro with a banking sensor can be specified as an option.

To satisfy individual preferences for more riding fun or extra efficiency, the new BMW CE 04 features three riding modes as standard: “ECO”, “Rain” and “Road”. The additional “Dynamic” mode is available as an ex-factory option, enabling the scooter to accelerate at an even swifter pace.

Cockpit with 10.25-inch colour display, trailblazing design.
Standard specification for the BMW CE 04 includes a cockpit with a 10.25-inch colour display, a navigation system and extensive connectivity functions. Its excellent readability, clear menu navigation and highly integrated operating concept put the new BMW CE 04 at the top of the scooter segment.

The new BMW CE 04 embodies a new, forward-looking form of urban two-wheeled mobility in its design as well. Its innovative style sparks positive emotions towards this new drive technology, while instantly identifying the scooter as a member of the BMW Motorrad family. The modern surface work, the Light White / matt black paint finish, a “floating” seat, wheels in a disc-wheel look and a side stand integrated into the scooter’s modern styling headline the visually expressive and future-focused appearance of the new BMW CE 04.

Bosch

Cars, e-bikes, motorcycles, scooters, electric race cars: Bosch is rolling out mobility solutions for all types of vehicles, and is even making smartphones and people’s homes an integral part of mobility. At IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the supplier of technology and services will be showcasing its solutions for personalized, automated, connected, and electrified mobility. Bosch will be in exhibition hall B3 at booth C30 and in the bike area, in the Messe West parking garage, and downtown at Königsplatz and Odeonsplatz.

Bosch show car: In the future, more and more vehicles will be electrically powered. They will increasingly be connected with other road users and their surroundings, assume more and more of the driving task themselves, and provide personalized services for their occupants. Bosch technology for automated, electrified, personalized, and connected mobility is paving the way for this future vision of mobility. The company has the systems know-how and comprehensive software and hardware expertise that this requires. For example, Bosch is developing central computers for the electronics architecture of the future. These vehicle computers are used for assisted and automated driving, controlling vehicle motion, as well as for cockpit functions and body electronics. (Trade fair: Hall B3, booth C30)

Driverless parking: Bosch and nine project partners will present the future of parking in a live demonstration. In the automated valet parking system developed jointly by Bosch and Mercedes-Benz, a smartphone command directs cars automatically to their assigned parking bays without the need for driver supervision. Interplay between the intelligent parking garage infrastructure and the vehicle technology makes this possible. Sensors in the parking garage monitor the driving aisle and its surroundings while guiding the vehicle. The in-car technology converts the commands from the infrastructure into safe driving maneuvers. A joint project with the association of the German automotive industry (VDA) shows how vehicles from different manufacturers will be able to communicate with infrastructure technology from various suppliers in the future. Against this backdrop, the project partners are also working on an international standard (ISO 23374). (Live demonstrations several times a day in the Messe West parking garage)

An enhanced cycling experience: E-bikes are the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe. Riding an electrically assisted bike is good for people’s health and the environment – as well as a lot of fun. Connected products and services enhance the cycling experience and connect e-bikers with the digital world. Bosch will be showcasing new connected-biking solutions and allowing visitors to see for themselves just how much fun power-assisted cycling can be. (Trade fair: Hall B3, booth C30; bike area B5, Blue Lane Micromobility: Brienner Straße; open space: Königsplatz and Odeonsplatz)

Bosch is electrifying mobility and helping mitigate global warming

Bosch wants to be a key player in climate-neutral mobility. The company has set itself the goal of making all vehicle classes ready for upcoming emissions requirements. As an innovation leader, Bosch has a broader electric driving portfolio than any other company – from e-bikes to passenger cars to heavy trucks.

Battery-electric power for two- and four-wheeled vehicles: From powertrains to steering systems to brakes, Bosch’s portfolio includes all the building blocks for the electrification of passenger cars. One component is the e-axle, which combines the power electronics, electric motor, and transmission in a single unit. And with its pre-integrated system solutions for vehicle platforms, Bosch helps automakers bring electric vehicles to market faster than before. The key is the optimized interaction of the powertrain, steering, braking, and vehicle control in the advanced driving module, which is combined with partner solutions to form a complete axle module for the front and rear axles. Alongside efficient powertrains, Bosch also uses thermal management to increase the range of electric and hybrid vehicles. Precise control of currents of hot and cold air improves the efficiency of the battery and ensures that all components are working within their optimum temperature range. Bosch also offers drives and control units for electric two-wheelers. Integrated in a compact system, the two components ensure precise control of the motor, reliable riding performance, and optimum torque development.

Fuel-cell system: Mobile fuel cells offer long ranges and short refueling times. Where they really come into their own is on long-haul routes and in commercial vehicles. With green hydrogen, fuel cells enable vehicles to be operated CO2-free. Bosch develops all the key system components to production readiness – including complete systems. For the stack, which converts hydrogen and ambient oxygen into electrical energy, the company is working with the Swedish specialist Powercell. Large-scale manufacturing of the stack is set to begin in 2022, and the launch of the complete fuel-cell system – the Bosch fuel-cell power module – is scheduled for 2023.

Services for electromobility: Bosch’s Battery in the Cloud prolongs the life of electric car batteries. Smart software functions in the cloud continually analyze battery status and take appropriate action to prevent or slow cell aging. The tamper-proof “usage certificate” documents the condition of the battery throughout its entire service life, thus giving a better picture of the battery’s residual value if the car is sold. With charging services such as Convenience Charging, Bosch makes it easy and straightforward for drivers of electric cars to find – and pay at – publicly accessible charging stations. In addition, the integrated recharging and navigation solution allows for a precise range forecast and route planning that includes recharging stops – and comes with the option to set personal preferences, such as charging stations next to restaurants.

High-speed electromobility: For everyday life and for the racetrack – Bosch is committed to becoming the leading supplier of electrified powertrain solutions, both in electromobility for production vehicles and in electrified motorsports. The company has entered into a long-term technology and development partnership with the DRAGON/PENSKE AUTOSPORT Formula E Team. And those who want to experience driving the racing series courses virtually and compete with others for the best time can do just that in two simulators. (Open space: Königsplatz)

Recharging at home: Bosch’s intelligent energy manager makes it possible for homeowners to reduce CO2 emissions and save energy costs. Serving as an interface between a Bosch heat pump and a photovoltaic system, it optimizes the use of home-generated solar energy and distributes it intelligently throughout the building. Alongside heating and hot water, it will also be possible to integrate electric cars into the Bosch energy management system in the future. Compatible wallboxes can then be deployed to recharge vehicles using as much home-generated electricity as possible.

 

Bosch is automating driving and making roads safer

Less stress, smoother traffic flows, greater safety – vehicles that assume more driving tasks themselves are a key building block for tomorrow’s mobility. An automated vehicle must be able to do everything a human driver can: perceive its surroundings, make decisions, and accelerate, brake, and steer. Step by step, Bosch is laying the technical foundations for automated driving. With its driver assistance systems, it is already paving the way for all levels of automation.

Surround sensing for all traffic situations: Sensor technology forms the basis for assisted and increasingly automated driving. To drive safely, the vehicle must be able to reliably recognize objects, people, and other road users. Bosch’s multi-purpose camera combines traditional image-processing algorithms with artificial intelligence (AI) methods. Using AI, the camera understands and interprets what it sees, ensuring reliable object recognition and good surround sensing. In addition to camera, radar, and ultrasonic sensors, Bosch is also developing a long-range lidar, for which it employs various sensor principles. The more complex the driving task, the more important their interaction.

Localization technology for exact positioning: Automated vehicles need to know exactly where they are at all times. Bosch offers a comprehensive package of hardware, software, and services that allows automated vehicles to precisely determine their own location. The VMPS (vehicle motion and position sensor) uses satellite navigation signals to identify the exact position, augmented by data from a correction service and information from the steering-angle and wheel-speed sensors. The Bosch road signature cloud-based map service uses data from radar and video sensors as well as vehicle motion data to create additional layers for high-resolution maps. Volkswagen Golf 8 vehicles are currently collecting this information on Europe’s roads.

Redundant braking and steering systems for safe and energy-saving driving maneuvers: Better safe than sorry – this holds especially true for safety-relevant functions in automated driving. Thanks to multiple redundancy, Bosch’s electric steering system offers additional safety. In the rare event of a malfunction, the system is still capable of retaining 50 percent of its electric steering functionality. Bosch has also integrated a redundant architecture into the design of its braking systems: should either the iBooster (the electromechanical brake booster) or the ESP electronic stability program fail, the other component can brake the vehicle. A second braking unit serves as a backup for the integrated power brake system, which combines brake boosting technology and ESP functionality. This is an especially important requirement in automated vehicles. In addition, Bosch’s regenerative braking systems help save CO2: in a very smooth process, which is unnoticeable for the driver, they make it possible to switch between generator and friction braking, thus enabling braking energy to be converted back into electrical energy and fed back into the battery every time the vehicle is braked.

Services for automated driving: Bosch’s predictive road-condition services raise the alert in the event of potential hazards long before critical situations develop. They provide real-time information about road conditions and risks such as aquaplaning, ice, and snow. This enables automated vehicles to correctly anticipate road conditions, adapt their driving behavior to the conditions, choose a different route, or even ask the driver to take control.

Bosch connects vehicles with each other and with their surroundings

Vehicles that warn each other of danger, keep a protective eye on their occupants, and communicate with the smart home – Bosch connects systems, components, and services inside and outside the vehicle, making mobility more efficient, safer, and more relaxed. Users, vehicles, and surroundings are seamlessly connected, making driving more enjoyable and providing a personalized mobility experience.

Smart car meets smart home: Bosch is turning cars into the command centers for smart homes: using Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX infotainment system, Bosch Smart Home applications can be controlled by voice command from the vehicle. In addition to shutters and heating thermostats, the system can also be used to control light switches and smart adapters, and to check the status of motion detectors and door/window contacts. Using voice commands allows the driver to stay focused on the road.

Guardian angel for all areas of life: In the shape of Help Connect, Bosch has developed a digitally connected emergency call system for motorcycles and other vehicles. A smart crash algorithm added to the acceleration sensors in the Bosch MSC motorcycle stability control system allows accidents to be detected. A smartphone app transmits information about the accident scene and the rider to a service center, and from there to the emergency services. If the motorcycle has no permanently installed accident detection system, the sensor data from the smartphone can be used to initiate the emergency response. Bosch Help Connect can also provide assistance at home, in the gym, or when out cycling.

Indoor monitoring for better occupant protection: Bosch has developed a system comprising cameras and AI that can increase the safety of vehicle occupants. The interior monitoring system detects driver drowsiness and distraction, or if occupants are in an unsafe seating position. It warns inattentive drivers, recommends a break if they are getting tired, and can reduce vehicle speed – depending on the automaker’s wishes and legal requirements. The system also enhances convenience by automatically adjusting the seat, mirrors, and steering wheel height in line with individual preferences – as well as enabling gesture control of the infotainment system.

Wrong-way driver alert: Bosch’s cloud-based wrong-way driver warning system warns both the wrong-way driver and all road users at risk of the impending danger within seconds – much faster than traffic news on the radio. In early 2021, ŠKODA became the first automaker worldwide to opt for Bosch’s digital guardian angel. The lifesaving warning is flashed up directly on the display in the vehicle cockpit. As an app solution for smartphones, this service already has 2.5 million active users in 20 European countries.

Smartphones as car keys: With Perfectly Keyless, sensors in the car recognize the owner’s smartphone as securely as a fingerprint and open the vehicle only at their request. The cell phone thus displaces the conventional car key. Thanks to ultra-wideband technology, the system also offers other practical everyday advantages: it is even easier to maneuver the car into tight parking spaces by remote control or to open the trunk remotely so that package handlers can deposit deliveries in it. For large parking lots where it is difficult to locate vehicles, Perfectly Keyless helps find the way to the car and illuminates the path by switching on the headlights, providing extra safety in the dark.

Continental

“Safe. Connected. Convenient. Driving the future of mobility for 150 years.” – this is Continental’s tagline for the IAA MOBILITY in Munich, Germany. With experience spanning one and a half centuries, the technology company is set to present intelligent solutions for the safe and sustainable mobility of people and the transport of goods. Visitors to the trade fair can experience the latest Continental technologies and innovations both on site in hall B1 (booth C20) and virtually. A press briefing with CEO Nikolai Setzer will be held at the start of the trade fair on September 6, 2021, from 11:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

The company is to present its technology portfolio at the IAA MOBILITY under the umbrella of two future themes: supercomputers in cars and automated driving. “In the future, we will not just be driving vehicles, but also experiencing them,” believes Setzer, adding: “That is what our hearts have been beating for 150 years.”

Server-based vehicle architecture: how cars are set to become computers on wheels

New platform architectures and high-performance computers are revolutionizing modern vehicles. At its booth, Continental will demonstrate how software and powerful IT infrastructure based on the Continental Automotive Edge Platform enable new functions and are transforming mobility. It will also be showcasing the opportunities offered by server-based architectures.

The future of mobility is autonomous

In the future, more and more vehicles will first become automated and later autonomous. At the IAA MOBILITY, Continental will highlight the latest trends and developments for autonomous private and fleet vehicles. The technology company will present radar sensors, camera technology, LiDAR sensors, high-performance computers for automated driving, full-stack software, in-cabin monitoring and solutions for human-machine interaction. Continental will also be participating in demonstrations of automated, driverless parking as part of a project by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie, VDA).

Partner for a clean and livable future

Sustainable business is the future – that is what Continental stands for. In a first step, the company will therefore make its global businesses for emission-free mobility completely carbon-neutral from as early as 2022. At the IAA MOBILITY, Continental will present a world premiere in the form of a particularly sustainable concept tire that combines current and future innovative tire construction technologies. In doing so, the company will provide an insight into its diverse sustainability initiatives. The integrated, sustainable design aims to minimize resource consumption along the tire’s entire value chain. Among other features, the premium tire manufacturer will showcase for the first time the use of sustainable polyester yarn obtained from recycled PET bottles.

User experience (UX): I drive, therefore I am

Continental is constantly striving for a seamless, barrier-free and innovative mobility experience. At the trade fair, the company will present solutions in the relevant disciplines of design, innovation, functionality, individuality and sustainability. Application examples range from vehicle access to acoustic, display and surface solutions. One such example is another first, this time in the area of future mobile interiors: the AMBIENC3 concept vehicle combines retro with the future and completely redefines the role of surfaces with a view to the requirements of automated driving.

Intelligent mobility: vehicles as part of the internet

At the IAA MOBILITY, Continental will demonstrate with its self-developed software and hardware solutions how intelligent mobility is made possible and helps to reduce accidents, avoid traffic congestion and lower emissions. In addition to these applications, the portfolio includes dedicated services for sharing, fleet and logistics providers as well as car manufacturers.

Safe travel

Continental will also showcase its role as a leading systems supplier for technologies that ensure greater driving safety, with solutions that enhance the entire process chain of driving (SensePlanAct). These include further developments in the fields of brake systems and sensors as well as the next generation of restraint systems to protect passengers. These innovations are forward-looking and connected, and mark a further milestone on the path to Continental’s Vision Zero – a world without traffic accidents

DACIA

With the All-New Dacia Sandero and Logan at the beginning of the year, followed by the springtime release of Spring, and the New Duster in June, Dacia continues to renew its range as it lives up to the announcements made during the strategic plan presentation earlier this year.

Munich will be the venue for the brand’s next world premiere as it unveils its all-new ultra-versatile 7-seater family car.

Unveiled on Friday, September 3rd (link to follow later), the car will be on show at Munich as of Monday, September 6th, 2021.  

At the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the Dacia family will turn out in strength with a full-fledged setup:

  • An original stand at the Summit’s main doors starting on September 6th
  • All of Dacia’s latest models presented in the Munich city centre from September 7th to 12th
  • A shuttle service between the convention centre and the city centre, for a real-world experience behind the wheel of Spring, the most affordable EV in Europe.

Denis Le Vot, CEO of Dacia, and the brand’s management team will be on hand on September 6th.

Faurecia

At the 2021 IAA Mobility in Munich, Germany, Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, will showcase its latest innovations for a sustainable cockpit and zero emissions mobility.

Major megatrends have long been shaping our world and technology disruptions are beginning to shift the center of gravity in the automotive world. For Faurecia, this means changing the way the Group thinks and designs vehicle technologies in line with its commitment to become CO2 neutral. By focusing on key trends, such as electrification and human-centric design, an environmentally-driven industry to vehicle automation, Faurecia aims to address future mobility needs with safe, affordable and sustainable solutions that benefit customers, consumers and the planet.

Visit the Faurecia booth located at booth B70 in Hall A1and discover how the Group innovates to reduce the CO2 footprint of its products by using sustainable materials and processes plus designing to extend product life and recyclability. Faurecia will also be demonstrating our ultra-low emissions technologies and new hydrogen solutions to support the transition to zero emissions mobility.

Among our technology highlights:

  • Solutions to support a circular economy approach such as:

– Sustainable Materials (recycled, renewable and bio-sourced) integrated in instrument panels, center consoles, door panels for lightweighting vehicles and lowering CO2 emissions footprint

– Faurecia Seat for the Planet innovation program that focuses on using fewer and more sustainable materials for weight saving and CO2 emissions reduction as well as designing new module architectures for easy assembly and disassembly to facilitate recycling, reconditioning and refurbishing.

  • Displays technologies with optical bonding and energy savings including IRYStec software that improves visibility while saving energy as well as e-mirror solutions to ensure safer driving and improve fuel economy.
  • Breakthrough zero emissions hydrogen solutions showing our expertise in optimizing the system architecture and integration of tanks and stack systems in a light commercial vehicle chassis. Faurecia will also showcase the next generation of recyclable hydrogen tanks that aim to improve the environmental footprint of our systems.
  • Low emissions technologies such as the electrically heated catalyst, one of Faurecia’s unprecedented aftertreatment solutions, to drastically reduce pollutants for hybrid vehicles.

Ford

The search for a parking space can be a daunting endeavour, and when a space is found, it might be a tight squeeze to get the vehicle in. The solution? Leave that work to the vehicle.

As part of a German Association of the Automobile Industry collaboration, Ford has partnered with infrastructure providers and technology companies, including Bosch, to demonstrate the potential for a connected vehicle to communicate with the car park infrastructure to not only find a space but to park itself too. Automated Valet Parking enables drivers to use an app to send the vehicle into an automated parking manoeuvre – all from outside the vehicle.

The technology, currently in the research and demonstration phase, takes the stress out of parking and could be extended to enable drivers to send the vehicle to a car wash or charging station; or even have parcels delivered to the vehicle in the car park. Ford will demonstrate Automated Valet Parking at IAA in Munich, running from September 6-12.

In Europe, a standard parking space is 2.44 metres by 4.88 metres. But while vehicles have become increasingly larger over the years, many parking spaces have stayed the same size. Automated Valet Parking could enable up to 20 per cent more vehicles to be parked in a car park – without the potential for damage resulting from vehicles parking too close to each other or occupants opening doors against other vehicles.

How it works

With Automated Valet Parking, sensor technology set up in the car park takes over the control of the vehicle and manages all the traffic inside the parking area. This is done via vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.

The car park sensors recognise and localise the vehicle to guide its parking manoeuvre. If the infrastructure senses something in the vehicle’s path, such as a pedestrian, vehicle or hazard, it stops the vehicle immediately. Upon arriving at the car park, the driver leaves the vehicle in a designated area and uses the FordPass app to start the automated guidance to a free parking space.*

When the car is parked, it could also become a personal parcel drop-off point, with delivery companies accessing the vehicle to leave parcels in the boot. In the future, further connected services could be developed to offer more convenience and benefits to customer.

Drivers use the FordPass app to request the return of the vehicle to the designated area, expediting the pick-up experience and enabling the driver and passengers to comfortably enter the vehicle. This saves any long walks through large car parks or the potential problem of trying to find the vehicle again.

The solution can be deployed by installing sensors into established car parks or with embedded infrastructure planned into the construction of new car parks that enables optimised design for maximum capacity.

It would be suitable for vehicles already on the road which have automatic transmission, Electronic Stability Control, an electric park-brake and assisted steering. All that the vehicle additionally requires is a smart communication unit for Automated Valet Parking.

This follows Ford’s announcement on August 4, 2021, of the opening of the Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL) next month; a unique facility providing a physical environment for testing advanced technologies in parking, logistics and electric vehicle charging. It will be open for collaboration with pioneers in these areas to simulate real-world scenarios.

Hyundai Mobis & Hyundai Mobis

At IAA Mobility 2021 (September 7-12, 2021), Hyundai Mobis, the global no.7 automotive supplier, will unveil the M.Vision X, an AI-included concept car for full autonomous driving, in a European premiere. The all-electric, zero-emission M.Vision X is a purpose-built 4-seater mobility vehicle. It is controlled autonomously as well as via an integrated center cockpit that communicates with passengers contactlessly via gesture recognition. The M.Vision X offers highly innovative technology solutions and a unique reinterpretation of the automotive interior. For example, all of the vehicle’s windows can be switched into a display with various functions.Hyundai Mobis unveils M.Vision X, future PBV (Purpose Built Vehicle) on full autonomous driving at IAA Mobility 2021.

The company will also showcase the most innovative technology components of the new all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5. Thanks to the advanced MOBIS electrification components, the IONIQ 5 is considered the next evolutionary step in electromobility and already achieves a range of up to 100 kilometers after just 5 minutes of charging and a range of almost 400 kilometers when fully charged. A total of 30 innovative and strategically important components from the development of the IONIQ 5 will be presented by Hyundai Mobis at the IAA Mobility.

In addition, the company, which in addition to Hyundai and Kia also supplies components to other well-known automotive carmakers in North America and Asia, will be presenting the latest technology solutions in the following areas:

  • hydrogen-electric powertrains
  • autonomous driving
  • pure electric drives
  • high-performance radar
  • Advanced head up displays
  • Adaptive lighting technology
  • Safety technology, airbag technologies
  • 48 Volt technology
  • infotainment
  • Chassis construction

Hyundai Mobis is participating in the IAA for the first time in 2021. The company is pursuing a strategic transformation into a software- and platform-oriented technology company. Hyundai Mobis will exhibit in Hall B2 at Booth C20, right next to the Volkswagen booth and main stage, covering an area of approximately 358 square meters. In addition to exhibition space, the booth will also offer a private area for customers.

In Europe, Hyundai Mobis plans to further successfully expand its market position. Major investments have already been made in its plants in the Czech Republic (battery assembly) and Slovakia (mild hybrid battery assembly + EV battery system assembly); Hyundai Mobis is continuously expanding its electrification capabilities in Europe and has established new production lines for core electric vehicle parts. In addition, Hyundai Mobis operates a winter test facility in Arjeplog, Sweden.

Hyundai Mobis has also decided to convert 100% of its electricity consumption at all its sites to renewable energy. By 2030, 65% of the electricity consumed at all domestic and overseas sites is to come from renewable sources, and 100% is to be achieved by 2040. This means the company meets the Climate Group’s RE100 criteria.

Intel Mobileye

The future of mobility is a tech story – a story that will one day be as consequential as the shift from horse and buggy to automobiles. Intel, together with subsidiary Mobileye, has the vision along with the technical depth and breadth to help bring about the promises of digital mobility and full autonomy: safer roads, accessible mobility for all and more efficient transport of goods, among them.

Magna

Magna’s commitment to delivering innovative products and systems that also create a better world for tomorrow will be on full display at the IAA 2021 Mobility Show. The show, in its new home in Munich, provides the ideal forum for sharing the company’s product portfolio, new innovations and future vision. Attendees of the show can visit Magna in Hall B3, Booth C60 to learn more about what sets the company apart from others in the industry.

“Our full-system vehicle capability, overall product expertise and comprehensive vehicle knowledge demonstrate The Power of Magna, which is a real differentiator in this high-tech, complex industry, said Eric Wilds, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Magna International. “It’s why we are an industry leader when it comes to helping advance mobility for everyone and everything.”

New regulatory requirements, advances in automotive technologies and new business models are driving changes in the industry like never before. Magna is in a unique position to support automakers during this transformative time.

The company will be displaying its eDrive technologies which allow vehicles to maximize performance, proving that an exceptional driving experience doesn’t have to come at the expense of the planet or sustainability. Visitors of IAA will be able to see the Magna Etelligent Reach™ powertrain system, which will be launched in a completely new production vehicle in 2022. Through an intelligent electrified powertrain the system offers an extended range of up to 145 km/90 miles while excelling in any driving situation, a key aspect in the growing electrification space.

Visitors can also experience Magna’s connected PHEV powertrain solution, the Magna Etelligent Eco™, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 38 % and provides outstanding drivability in purely electric driving, and its Etelligent Force powertrain featuring the Magna eBeam™ technology, one of the first outcomes from its Joint Venture partnership with LG Electronics.

The company will also highlight ADAS technologies like its industry-first digital radar which enhances a vehicle’s ability to “see” its surroundings and detect potential hazards – from a stalled vehicle in a dark tunnel to a pedestrian up to 150 meters away. The Magna ICON™ Digital Radar, set to launch in 2022, dramatically improves performance over today’s analog radar, bringing it to levels which have not yet been experienced in automotive applications. In combination with Magna’s expertise in cameras, sensors, solid-state lidar and domain controllers, Magna can seamlessly integrate these technologies, providing a full-system approach to automakers.

With its comprehensive portfolio, Magna can rethink the possibilities across the entire vehicle. This includes the creation of a battery enclosure which contributes to the structural and safety aspects of an electric vehicle, while protecting high-voltage batteries from damage and water. Lighting technologies such as the Magna Flecsform™ which contributes to design flexibility and energy saving. Reconfigurable seating concepts allow for vehicle cabins to be reshaped and reimagined for various levels of autonomy.

Mercedes-Benz

At the IAA MOBILITY in Munich from 7 to 12 September, Mercedes-Benz is showcasing the full breadth of its current and future electric mobility line-up – from compact models to performance luxury saloon to multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs). The premium carmaker will use this show of strength across all of its sub-brands to underscore its “Lead in Electric” claim. Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-EQ, Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and smart come to the IAA MOBILITY with a total of eight premieres. Five of those are fully electric models, plus one performance hybrid.

The electrification of the entire Mercedes-Benz line-up is stepping up yet another gear. Several fully electric models will celebrate their world premieres at the IAA: the EQE, the first battery-electric luxury saloon from Mercedes-AMG and a concept vehicle which shows how Mercedes-Maybach will enter the age of electric mobility. Plus, the EQB will be presented as a European premiere. smart will also be there with a show car that provides an insight into the first vehicle from its new generation of all-electric models.

The electric business saloon – sporty and comfortable

Mercedes-EQ will showcase with the EQE how sporty and comfortable an electric business saloon can be. The car combines dynamic performance and handling with relaxed travel – and sets the new benchmark in its class. The same applies to its generous interior space, while the one-bow bodyshell design gives the EQE an athletic physique.

The first battery-electric luxury saloon from Mercedes-AMG is the brand’s clear commitment to fuse fully electric models with characteristic AMG DNA. This applies not only to its performance figures, but more especially to its involving and emotional handling.

The concept vehicle from Mercedes-Maybach conveys a first, precise impression of how the 100-year tradition of ultimate automotive luxury can be carried forward into a new era.

The spacious EQB is nothing short of a marvel equipped for all everyday scenarios. Following its premiere in China, the fully electric seven-seater will now make its show debut in Europe. Plus, Mercedes-AMG will present the first performance hybrid from Affalterbach under the technology label E PERFORMANCE. Further Mercedes-Benz premieres include the S-Class GUARD and the first C-Class All-Terrain, which masters poor roads and bad weather with consummate ease.

Digital first: Pre-night presentation of show debuts via livestream

In place of a press conference on the show stand, the media and anybody else who wishes can follow the pre-night streamed live on 5 September. On-hand to explain how Mercedes-Benz is aiming to build the world’s most desirable electric vehicles will be Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, Britta Seeger, Member of the Management Board of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG responsible for Marketing and Sales, and Markus Schäfer, Member of the Management Board of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO, as well as Philipp Schiemer, Head of Top End Vehicle Group at Mercedes-Benz AG and CEO of Mercedes-AMG.

The livestream will be available not only as part of an extensive IAA special on Mercedes me media, but also simultaneously on social media. Thanks to augmented reality, the digital experience will be supplemented by additional content. The special on Mercedes me media offers journalists and multipliers a wealth of information and materials relating to the highlight vehicles, such as press texts, photos, graphics and videos.

New IAA concept: multi-faceted Mercedes-Benz presence

At IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich, Mercedes-Benz is focusing on a dialogue-based and experiential brand presence. Extending beyond the presentation of vehicles, the concept enables participants to experience innovative, digital and sustainable products and services for the future of mobility. The reimagining of this long-standing event offers an ideal setting for this – especially with the new Open Space and Blue Lane formats.

Open Space transforms parts of Munich’s city centre for the entire duration of the IAA MOBILITY into stages for future mobility and technology concepts. The Mercedes-Benz Open Space experience will have a prominent position on Odeonsplatz, where the all the vehicles on show will be fully electric models from the Mercedes-EQ, Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and smart brands. The upper level is designed as a leafy landscape with an exhibition themed around “climate protection & clean air”, “resource conservation” and “liveable cities”. In touch with the zeitgeist and current topics that matter to society, Mercedes-Benz offers a platform for locals and visitors to Munich to meet and talk. Forging a link between the city and the exhibition centre, the Blue Lane is a test track on which people can experience future mobility – in the truest sense of the meaning.

Show stand with product highlights and areas themed around future mobility

The third pillar of the new IAA concept is the summit at the exhibition centre itself. Here, the Mercedes-Benz stand in hall B3 is conceived as a forum for the highlight vehicles as well as themed areas that illustrate and express the various aspects of future mobility. The focus here is on digitalisation. For instance, the ASSIST exhibition addresses themes like driver assistance systems and highly automated driving. MOBILE looks at digital services like Mercedes me, EQ ready and Mercedes me Green Charging. FUTURE provides a comprehensive perspective on future aspects such as the biometric connection between vehicle and driver. IN CAR illustrates things like the MBUX multimedia system with artificial intelligence and the new MBUX Hyperscreen. Also on show for the first time in Europe is the VISION AVTR concept vehicle. The focus of the Mercedes-Benz presence at the summit is direct interaction with Mercedes-Benz experts. During the press days on 6 and 7 September, the carmaker will offer opportunities for in-depth discussions and technology demonstrations.

The summit also incorporates an informative format called the IAA MOBILITY Conference. Mercedes-Benz is represented here too, with speakers on automated driving and digitalisation topics – among them Ola Källenius and Britta Seeger.

The starting signal of a new era for the pioneer of electric urban mobility: with the smart Concept #1, the forerunner of the next smart generation celebrates its world premiere at the IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich. The fully electric SUV concept provides a preview of the first production model from the newly established smart Automobile Co., Ltd. which is a global joint venture of Mercedes-Benz AG and Geely Automobile Group Co., Ltd. At the same time, the smart Concept #1 shows how smart as a brand is developing into a global provider of connected, battery-electric premium compact vehicles for different customer groups. Starting with the SUV, smart will expand its portfolio to the promising small- and compact-car segment.

As previously announced, the smart Concept #1 combines the iconic design typical of smart with compact exterior dimensions in a new vehicle concept that represents the brand’s growing premium and high-tech aspirations. With a generously dimensioned interior, the future SUV addresses target groups such as young families who seek sustainable electric mobility as well as trendsetters of the urban avant-garde. Apart from the new design – including exceptional lighting features -the highlights of the concept are its spacious and comfortable interior as well as a high level of connectivity and vast array of advanced driver assistance features.

World premiere will be streamed live on September 5th

The world premiere of the smart Concept #1 will take place on September 5th as part of the Mercedes-Benz Pre-Night and will be broadcast as a livestream on media.mercedes-benz.com starting at 7:15 pm CET.

At the IAA MOBILITY, the smart Concept #1 will be on display as of the first press day, September 6th, at the Mercedes-Benz stand in Hall B3, and from September 7th onwards at the Mercedes-Benz Open Space Experience Landscape in a prominent location on Odeonsplatz.

September of this year in Munich. Visitors to the IAA can now discover what the passengers of the fully-electric, state-of-the-art city buses bearing the three-pointed star are already experiencing: four Mercedes-Benz eCitaro will be transporting them quietly and locally emission-free in the “Blue Lane” between the event locations “Summit” on the exhibition grounds and “Open Space” in Munich’s city centre.

MINI

MINI presents itself as a future-oriented brand that is leading distinctive design into the future, sets positive impulses, combines sustainability with emotions and places people at the heart of its product development.

Urban mobility, sustainability, cosmopolitanism and individuality are at the focus of dialogue with visionaries and the community at numerous locations in the Munich city area. MINI Brand Hub in the MINI Pavilion on Lenbachplatz will be the “place to be” at IAA 2021. Urban mobility and sustainability are the central themes of the International Motor Show (IAA) 2021, which will be held for the first time in Munich, the headquarters of the BMW Group, where it will become a forum for lectures and discussions on the future of individual transport and living together in urban centres. MINI is enriching this dialogue at IAA Mobility 2021 with innovations and visions for locally emission-free driving fun, consistent resource conservation, individuality and emotionally powerful experiences. The motto #BIGLOVE chosen by MINI refers to both protecting the climate and the environment as well as to interpersonal contacts. In this way, taking responsibility for the natural foundations of life meets cosmopolitan and non-discriminatory cooperation in the worldwide MINI community.

At IAA Mobility 2021, MINI will be seeking dialogue with the public in various formats and at several locations in the Bavarian capital. At the Summit at the Munich exhibition centre, the focus will be on the topics of electrification and digitalisation. The “Open Space” on Max-Joseph-Platz in the city centre serves as a stage for new mobility concepts in urban transport. As the MINI Brand Hub, the MINI Pavilion on Lenbachplatz will be an oasis of inspiration and a place for getting together in a relaxed atmosphere. The current exhibition at BMW Welt shows the entire model range of the British premium brand.

The various locations of IAA Mobility 2021 will be connected via the Blue Lane, which will run through the city area and offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy locally emission-free driving fun in the all-electric MINI Cooper SE (combined power consumption: 17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, 16.9 – 14.9 kWh/100 km according to NEDC). An online streaming service will broadcast the highlights of IAA Mobility 2021 digitally to the entire world, either live or as a recording.

The Summit at the exhibition centre.

The Munich exhibition centre is the venue for the so-called Summit, where traditional exhibition activities are combined with new forms of communication. MINI will be staged in the exhibition halls with the full focus on electric driving fun. The highlight there will be the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW. With its agile driving characteristics and all-electric drive, the car has recently proven itself outstandingly on the tight street circuits of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. In addition, the exhibition stand, which can be experienced interactively and is designed in the style of an inner-city industrial setting, offers an overview of the brand history, the current range of vehicles with electrified drive systems and visions for the future of urban mobility.

The all-electric MINI Cooper SE and the plug-in hybrid model MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 will be on show there (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 – 1.7 l/100 km (WLTP), 2.1 – 1.9 l/100 km (NEDC); combined power consumption: 15.5 – 14.8 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, 14.8 – 14.1 kWh/100 km according to NEDC, CO2 combined emissions: 47 – 39 g/km (WLTP), (48 – 44 g/km (NEDC). The popularity of these two models recently ensured that in the first half of 2021 more than 15% worldwide, and in Germany as much as 30%, of all MINI brand vehicles sold are already electrified. To highlight its versatile character and as inspiration for taking trips into the countryside, the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 is presented at the Summit with a roof tent from the Italian manufacturer Autohome that harmonises with the MINI design among other things.

In addition, the latest MINI Lifestyle Collection, the smartphone-based digital service MINI Sharing and the latest version of the MINI App will be shown at the Summit. The universal digital interface between the MINI and its driver offers new functions for convenient navigation as well as helpful charging support for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. The MINI Vision Urbanaut will also be shown as part of a digital presentation. Another glimpse into the future of mobility and coexistence in urban areas is provided by the URBAN-X programme, an accelerator for tech start-ups founded by MINI, whose ideas and projects will also be presented at the Summit.

Open Space in the city centre.

The physical model of the MINI Vision Urbanaut will be on display in the Open Space on Max-Joseph-Platz in the immediate vicinity of the State Opera and the Residenztheater. There, visitors can learn about current innovations and pioneering concepts for sustainable mobility and discuss ideas and strategies for the urban transport of tomorrow with experts. Creating dialogue between exhibitors and the public is one of the key innovations of IAA in 2021. The MINI Vision Urbanaut will also be a talking point. The study, which can be experienced by the public for the first time as a real vehicle in the MINI Urban Hub, embodies the future of sustainable design and a new interpretation of the brand’s typical “clever use of space”. The all-electric vision vehicle not only conveys the freedom of individual mobility, but can also be used as a place of retreat or as a meeting area to exchange ideas with friends.

MINI Pavilion on Lenbachplatz.

With the MINI Pavilion on Lenbachplatz, the British brand has an attractive meeting place in the city centre area that is set to become an absolute “place to be” during IAA Mobility 2021. There, the focus is not on the cars, but on the general attitude of the brand, which is expressed in the motto #BIGLOVE. Exhibitions, presentations and discussions as well as a diverse entertainment and cultural programme await visitors in the historic building, which MINI shares with several renowned partners from the fields of lifestyle, design and technology. Among other things, presentations are planned by tech start-ups that deal with the future design of urban living spaces and are supported by MINI as part of the Startup Accelerator URBAN-X. At another live event with thought leaders under the motto “The city of tomorrow is created today”, the dialogue platform “The Sooner Now” is also hosted in the MINI Pavilion.

In addition, the design of the MINI Pavilion is dominated by a new collaboration between MINI and the British designer Paul Smith. The aim it to jointly design solutions that focus even more strongly on the topic of sustainability. Sir Paul Smith has long been one of Britain’s best-known menswear designers. At the end of the 1990s, he designed a limited special series of the classic Mini in a shade of blue he created, as well as a one-off with a paint finish in the typical multicolour stripe design. The first result of the new collaboration is a unique current MINI model, which can be admired in the MINI Pavilion at IAA Mobility 2021.

MINI product range on display at BMW Welt.

Another port of call for visitors to IAA Mobility 2021 is the BMW Welt at the Olympic Park. The futuristically designed experience centre also houses a MINI brand world in which the current model range and numerous other products are on show. In addition to the wide range of current models for the premium small car and premium compact segments – from the MINI Cooper SE to the extremely sporty John Cooper Works models – the new products from the MINI Lifestyle Collection will also be shown there. The MINI Vision Urbanaut and the URBAN-X initiative are also represented in the MINI Area with digital presentations.

Porsche

In the run-up to the IAA Mobility 2021, Porsche is offering a spectacular insight into the future of motorsport. Follow the unveiling of a futuristic concept car live on Monday, 6 September, from 15:00 (CEST).

Motorsports have always served as a catalyst for innovation at Porsche. For more than 70 years now, the sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart has used this stage to showcase its pioneering spirit, its research and development, and its passion for state-of-the-art mobility. Even before the start of this year’s IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich (from 7 to 12 September), Porsche is offering a spectacular look at the future of motorsports with the unveiling of a futuristic concept study. This world premiere will start on Monday, 6 September, at 15:00 (CEST). Among those taking part in the presentation will be two-time overall Le Mans winner and current Porsche brand ambassador Timo Bernhard, and US actor Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy). The Hollywood star can himself lay claim to numerous racing successes at the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR.

The event will be broadcast in German and English on the Porsche Media platforms newsroom.porsche.com and newstv.porsche.com from 15:00 on Monday. Porsche’s social media feeds on YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn will be showing the event live with English commentary. For the first time, journalists and fans will have the opportunity to get up close via Smart TV: the Porsche TV app is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, LG TV and all appropriate Samsung devices.

IAA Mobility with a new concept

The IAA Mobility in the Bavarian capital is this year pursuing a completely new concept: the exhibitors’ stands are spread out across the entire city of Munich. Porsche will be welcoming fans of the sports car brand, and any visitors interested in innovative mobility, at Wittelsbacher Platz in the Maxvorstadt district. Numerous star guests are expected on stage to present the Porsche product range and the latest developments from Weissach, including Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men). The German-Irish amateur racing driver has been competing for the past two years in events such as the European Le Mans Series driving a Porsche 911 RSR.

The programme will also include realistic driving simulators, the latest technology in mobile charging, the Porsche Turbo Charging rapid charging park and test drives in the Porsche Taycan as well as numerous activities organised by Porsche Motorsport’s premium partners. Porsche e-bikes will also be available for test rides at Wittelsbacher Platz. The Porsche Forum in the centre of Munich will open to the public on Tuesday, 7 September at 14:00 (CEST). Regular updates are available on Porsche’s social media channels.

Valeo

aleo will unveil six innovations – including a series of technologies that can create a “health shield” within the interior of a vehicle and charging stations suitable for all electric vehicles – at IAA Mobility in September. The technologies underscore Valeo’s ongoing commitment to develop safer, cleaner and more diverse mobility.

The IAA, for the first time in the show’s history, will be held in Munich. It has been renamed IAA Mobility for the occasion. No longer promoted as just the annual forum for the global automotive industry, the IAA is also the place where the future of mobility takes shape.

The Valeo innovations to be presented from Sept. 7 through Sept. 12 include:

Automated Valet Parking
: The feature – developed in collaboration with BMW – allows a vehicle to park itself in a parking lot.

Valeo Drive4U: The Valeo Drive4U is a prototype autonomous car. It will drive in automated mode on open roads in and outside the city of Munich (on the Blue Lane) reaching Level 4 autonomy. It is exclusively equipped with Valeo sensors that are already in series production (LiDARs, cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors etc.). This vehicle can handle urban and suburban traffic, traffic jams, intersections, traffic circles, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and construction zones. It is equipped with two other safety-enhancing features: The Valeo Drive4U Locate system pinpoints the vehicle’s location on the road with centimeter-level precision compared with a standard GPS system where the margin of error is as much as five meters. The Valeo MovePredict.ai system uses artificial intelligence to anticipate the movements of vulnerable people around the vehicle and brakes before they have even moved.

This year has been historic for mobility with the launch of the first car in the world to reach Level 3 autonomy – equipped with Valeo’s LiDAR technology. Level 3 autonomy can only be achieved using 3D LiDAR technology combined with a series of sensors. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are transforming mobility. Valeo is the world leader in this field with one-in-four new vehicles worldwide equipped with its technologies.

Vital Signs Monitoring: Valeo takes a holistic approach to the challenge of safer mobility. The company is developing products to help the vehicle assess and avoid potential life-threatening situations while ensuring passengers travel in a healthy cabin environment.

Valeo will present a series of technologies that will transform vehicles into a “health shield.” Valeo also will demonstrate a new system for monitoring vital signs which can be used to assess health risks (suspected Covid-19).* This technology has been adapted for use in the medical field using Valeo’s automotive expertise.

Charging Stations: IAA Mobility also will feature the world premiere of Valeo’s new charging stations suitable for all types of electric vehicles, regardless of their voltage. The chargers offer intelligent, energy-management features such as charging when electricity is cheapest or when the power is generated by a green source like solar or wind. Innovation is at the heart of Valeo’s strategy. In 2020, 94% of Valeo’s original equipment sales were generated by technologies that reduce CO2 emissions and increase road safety, while 56% of the orders received were for technologies.

Smart Automotive Lighting Systems: Visibility systems such as lighting and wiper systems are areas in which Valeo is a world leader. Valeo’s new smart lighting systems are becoming valuable driving assistance features. These headlamps are capable of tracing the shape of the road and indicating upcoming turns in the driver’s field of vision. The feature makes driving at night or in the rain safe and easy. The rear lamps, which are connected to the vehicle’s cameras and surroundings via the 5G network, signal hazards by displaying safety messages visible to all road users.

Electric Vehicle Powered by Valeo Components: The IAA Mobility 2021 will feature a flagship electric vehicle from a premium German automaker, which will be entirely powered by a Valeo-Siemens eAutomotive system (motors, transmission and inverter). The car’s thermal system, which includes batteries and air conditioning, also comes from Valeo.

Separately, the challenge of mobility also is protecting the environment. The reduction of CO2 and protecting the environment are part of Valeo’s DNA. As a pioneer in vehicle electrification, Valeo has invested more than 10 billion euros in this field over the past 10 years, to become the world’s leader.

As the European Commission formalizes new measures to further reduce carbon emissions and mark a radical transformation in mobility, Valeo is already in the starting blocks.

Valeo also will demonstrate its ability to electrify a variety of different vehicles – bikes, scooters, delivery droids etc. – at IAA Mobility and in the streets of Munich.

* The reliability of the assessment was validated with the help of several health organizations: the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de  Liège (Belgium), which has been a Valeo partner for five years with a Research Chair in “Health and Well-being in Transportation”;  mobile Covid detection centers at the Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau – France), in Breves and Huy (Belgium); the APHP Henri Mondor  university hospital in Créteil (France); the Rabin Medical Center in Jerusalem (Israel); and Hôpital Régional Dr Mohamed Ben Salah  de Moknine (Tunisia).///

LUMINAR

At the IAA Mobility Summit on September 7–12, Luminar Technologies, Inc (Nasdaq: LAZR) will premier its Proactive SafetyTM system in on-road demos for European automakers. The company also announced today an expansion of its customer ecosystem through two new integration partnerships with Tier 1 global automotive suppliers, Webasto and Inalfa.

“Launching Proactive Safety™ will spark the next revolution of automotive technology and safety,” said Austin Russell, Luminar Founder and CEO. “Our automotive integration is only accelerating with the launch of two new global Tier 1 partnerships, focusing on seamless design for OEMs.”

Proactive SafetyTM

In a 2020 study conducted by AAA, automotive researchers found that over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems (ADAS) experienced some type of issue every 8 miles, on average. So while ADAS was a step in the right direction, today’s systems are imperfect and unreliable, which is at odds with the promise of automotive safety. Building on the strengths of our automotive grade Iris lidar, Luminar is developing an integrated hardware and software solution that enables Proactive SafetyTM, which surpasses traditional ADAS capabilities because it provides the vehicle with higher-confidence detection, faster and farther than camera and radar, enabling proactive collision avoidance at much higher speeds. Proactive SafetyTM has the potential to make consumer vehicles uncrashable without having to remove the human driver from the equation.

Announcing New Global Tier 1 Automotive Customer Partnerships

The shift towards vehicles that are increasingly automated presents new challenges for automakers, particularly in the design integration of the sensor suite into consumer vehicles, which is why experts like Webasto and Inalfa are key industry allies on our mission to standardize a comprehensive Lidar-based autonomous system solution on all consumer vehicles. The companies will offer roof integration design solutions to automakers with Luminar seamlessly integrated, paving the way to enable autonomous production vehicles as the technology becomes standardized.

In addition to Luminar’s driving demos, Webasto Group., a global tier 1 supplier, will showcase its roof integration with Iris as the primary lidar sensor in driving demos to select automakers at the IAA Mobility 2021.

Inalfa Roof Systems, a global Tier 1 supplier, is featuring Luminar’s Iris lidar in the crown of its roof design. Automakers can experience the new design in a custom seating buck located at Inalfa’s IAA Mobility Summit booth 60 in Hall A2.

The conference will also host a discussion on the future of autonomous vehicles featuring Luminar’s Vice President of Software, Christoph Schroeder.

Merecedes Benz

Stuttgart.  Whether it’s for a large nuclear family or a small extended family: as a seven-seater, the new EQB offers space for many family configurations and a wide variety of transport needs. This gives it an exceptional position among compact electric cars. The two seats in the third row can be used by people up to 1.65 metres tall, and child seats can also be fitted there. The new EQB will launch in Europe and China at the end of the year, followed by the US market launch in 2022. After the EQA, it is already the second all-electric compact car from Mercedes-EQ. The powerful and efficient electric drive, clever recuperation and predictive Navigation with Electric Intelligence are just some of the features that link it to the EQA.

The electric initiative from Mercedes-Benz Cars is accelerating as fast as the Mercedes-EQ models themselves: with the EQA, EQB, the electric business saloon EQE and the luxury saloon EQS, a total of four new models from Mercedes-EQ are being introduced in 2021, plus the Concept EQT as a harbinger of a new high level of quality in the small van segment. The Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid family, currently consisting of more than 20 model variants, is being renewed with electrified derivatives of the C-Class and the S-Class. For 2021, Mercedes-Benz Cars expects to increase the xEV share, i.e. of plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles, to around 13 percent. In addition, mild hybrids with a starter-generator and 48-volt system are conquering the product range, especially of the Group’s luxury vehicles.

“With the new EQB we have designed an iconic electric SUV which incorporates the square forms of our off-roaders and projects them into the future. Its significant silhouette is combined with futuristic elements such as the black panel front to create the extraordinary look of this vehicle”, says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of the Daimler Group.

In Europe, the all-electric compact SUV will be launched as the EQB 300 4MATIC (combined electrical consumption NEDC: 16.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)[1] with 168 kW and as the EQB 350 4MATIC with 215 kW (combined electrical consumption NEDC: 16.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)1. The ranges according to WLTP are 419 kilometres in each case. Further variants to meet specific customer requirements will follow, including a particularly long-range version.

Generous space and variable, level boot

The EQB enriches the successful Mercedes compact car family and is closely related to two models in particular: to the EQA, whose advanced drive technology it shares, and to the GLB compact SUV. This is where the long wheelbase (2829 millimetres), the spacious and variable interior and the optional third row of seats with two additional individual seats come from.

The dimensions of the five-seater: 4684/1834/1667 millimetres (length/width[2]/height). Space is generous. The headroom in the first row of seats is 1035 millimetres, in the second it is 979 millimetres for the five-seater. At 87 millimetres, the knee space in the rear of the five-seater reaches a comfortable level. The boot is level and spacious: the load volume of 495 to 1710 or 465 to 1620 litres (figures for five- and seven-seaters respectively) has the qualities of a compact estate car. The backrests of the seats in the second row can be adjusted in several stages as standard, and this row features fore/aft adjustment of 140 millimetres as an option. This enables the boot to be enlarged by up to 190 litres and put to versatile use.

As an option, the EQB has a third row of seats comprising two extra individual seats. The seats offer people up to a height of 1.65 metres a comfortable amount of space. Extensive safety features include retractable head restraints, seat belts with belt tensioners and force limiters on all outer seats and a side windowbag that also covers passengers in the third row. A total of up to four child seats can be fitted in rows two and three, plus one more in the front passenger seat. To increase luggage space, the third-row seats can be lowered flush into the load floor.

Electro design aesthetics brimming with character

The EQB interprets Mercedes-EQ’s Progressive Luxury in an edgy and particularly characterful way. It features the characteristic Mercedes-EQ black panel grille with central star. A further distinctive design feature of the all-electric world of Mercedes-EQ vehicles is the continuous light strip at the front and rear. A horizontal fibre-optic strip connects the daytime running lights of the full-LED headlamps, ensuring a high level of recognisability both in daylight and at night. The inside of the headlamps is finished to a high level of quality, detail and precision. Blue colour highlights within the headlamp reinforce the signature Mercedes-EQ appearance.

The function-oriented greenhouse with upright windscreen makes the comfortable interior possible. Circumferential and protective cladding elements structure the overall proportion. The muscular and sensuously modelled vehicle shoulder dominates the side view, which is further enhanced by the rise of the beltline. Outwardly positioned wheels give the EQB a powerful character and confident stance on the road. Exclusive to this model are light-alloy wheels in a bi- or tri-colour design, up to 20 inches in size, in some cases with rosé gold-coloured or blue decorative trim.

The LED tail lights merge seamlessly into the tapering LED light strip. This underlines the horizontal sense of width of the EQB in the rear view. In addition, the number plate is placed on the bumper, which allows for a beautifully sculpted tailgate. The studded roof rails underline the high utility value of the new EQB.

The large body of the dashboard has a cut-out in the driver and passenger area. The driver faces a Widescreen Cockpit, with control and display via MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). The robust character of the interior is underlined by tubular elements in an aluminium look. They sit as handles in the doors, in the centre console and in the instrument panel on the passenger side.

Depending on the design and equipment line, a spectacular backlit trim piece and rosé gold-coloured decorative elements on the air vents, seats and vehicle key provide clues to the electric character in the interior of the EQB. The instruments, with their electric car-specific displays, pick up on the same colour scheme with rosé gold-coloured and blue highlights.

The EQB achieves a very good Cd value from 0.28. The frontal area A totals 2.53 m2. Among the most important aerodynamic measures are the completely closed cooling air control system in the upper section, the aerodynamically efficient front and rear aprons, a very smooth, almost completely enclosed underbody, specially optimised Aero wheels and specifically adapted front and rear wheel spoilers.

Efficient driving pleasure and Navigation with Electric Intelligence

ECO Assist offers a recuperation process optimised to the particular situation. It incorporates navigation data, traffic sign recognition and information from the vehicle sensors into its efficiency strategy. Anticipatory driving saves power, thereby extending the range.

The standard Navigation with Electric Intelligence also contributes to the effortless handling of the EQB in everyday life. This calculates the fastest route to the given destination. On the basis of continual range simulations, the system makes allowance for any necessary charging stops as well as for numerous other factors, such as the topography and the weather. It is also able to react dynamically to changes, for instance in the traffic situation or personal driving style. In addition, the Navigation with Electric Intelligence ensures that the high-voltage battery is brought to an optimal charging temperature before a planned charging stop, if required.

Sophisticated charging technology, large network and compensation through green electricity

At home or at public charging stations, the EQB can be conveniently charged at up to 11 kW with alternating current (AC) using the onboard charger. The charging time required for a full charge depends on the available infrastructure and the country-specific vehicle equipment. Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is considerably faster than at a domestic power socket.

And it is of course even faster at direct current (DC) fast-charging stations. Depending on the SoC (State of Charge) and the temperature of the high-voltage battery, the EQB charges at a corresponding charging station with a maximum power of up to 100 kW. The charging time is then just over 30 minutes from 10-80 percent SoC. For AC and DC charging, the EQB is equipped as standard in Europe and the USA with a CCS (Combined Charging Systems) connector in the right-hand side panel.

Via Mercedes me Charge, EQB drivers will be able to use one of the most extensive charging networks in the world: this currently comprises more than 530,000 AC and DC charging stations across 31 countries. Mercedes me Charge allows Mercedes-EQ customers convenient use of the charging stations of various providers, while they also benefit from an integrated payment function with simple billing processes. With the EQB, one year of Mercedes me Charge is included.

In Europe, Mercedes-Benz guarantees by means of high-quality certificates of origin that electricity from renewable energies is fed into the grid for charging volumes that flow via Mercedes me Charge. With Mercedes me Charge, customers can charge at more than 200,000 public charging stations across Europe, where Mercedes-Benz ensures subsequent compensation through green electricity.

Cooperative support for the driver and high level of crash safety

The EQB features intelligent driving assistance systems with cooperative support for the driver. Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Brake Assist are fitted as standard. In many critical situations, the latter has the ability to prevent a collision or reduce its severity with autonomous braking. The system is also able to brake for stationary vehicles and crossing pedestrians at typical city speeds. The enhanced functions of the Driving Assistance Package include, for example, the turning manoeuvre function, the emergency corridor function, the exit warning function alerting the driver to approaching cyclists or vehicles, and a warning when pedestrians are detected near zebra crossings.

The EQB is also a true Mercedes when it comes to passive safety. Building on the robust bodyshell structure of the GLB, the body of the EQB was adapted to the special requirements of an electric car. The battery sits within a frame made out of extruded sections. This takes on a structural function which until now was maintained by the cross members in the underfloor. A battery guard in the front area of the battery is able to prevent the energy storage unit from being pierced by foreign objects.

Of course, the EQB had to pass the brand’s usual extensive crash test programme. Stringent requirements for the battery and all components carrying electrical current also apply.

The EQB in the global production network

Production of the EQB will start in October 2021 at two locations within the Mercedes-Benz Cars global production network: at the Hungarian Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét for the global market and at the German-Chinese joint venture BBAC in Beijing for the local market. Preparations, including staff qualification processes and reconstruction work, have already commenced at the plants. The EQB compact SUV will be the first all-electric production vehicle from Hungary and will complement the plug-in hybrid portfolio produced there.

Since it commenced production in 2012, the Hungarian Mercedes-Benz plant has continually increased in importance within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. In addition to digital networking, the strengths of the compact car production network include direct exchange with the lead plant for compact cars in Rastatt, Baden-Württemberg.

The battery systems for the compact Mercedes EQ models currently produced in Europe are supplied by the Mercedes-Benz subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz and by the battery factory in Jawor, Poland. Both factories were designed to operate as CO₂-neutral facilities from the outset.

[1] The electrical consumption (and information based thereon) has been determined on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) 692/2008 according to NEDC and Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1151 according to WLTP
[2] Without outside mirrors

Velodyne

-Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) will demonstrate its innovative lidar technologies at IAA Mobility (Hall B3, Booth A75) from Sept. 7 to 12 in Munich. Velodyne will display its technology leadership and product breadth in lidar sensors and software. Velodyne’s solutions power autonomous applications that advance safe, sustainable and accessible mobility, infrastructure and security.

Velodyne is hosting a press event at its IAA Mobility booth on Sept. 6 at 1:15 to 1:30 p.m. Velodyne executives will highlight how Velodyne´s solutions deliver the performance, range and reliability to power customers’ next-generation infrastructure and mobile applications. They will also discuss Velodyne’s portfolio of compact, solid-state sensors, which are embeddable for sleek, stylish integration into vehicles and robotics applications.

“At IAA Mobility, we will show how Velodyne’s sensors and software meet a wide range of customer needs to power safe mobility and smart city infrastructure globally,” said Erich Smidt, Vice President of Europe, Velodyne Lidar. “We will also have partners in our stand that are at the forefront in bringing to market the future of autonomous solutions. NI and Seoul Robotics are both recognized leaders in delivering high-quality solutions with the goal of improving people’s lives and increasing safety in our communities.”

Partners Showcase Lidar-Based Solutions

NI, developer of automated test and automated measurement systems, will co-exhibit at the Velodyne booth. NI will show simulations optimized for Velodyne’s lidar sensors that can be used in developing and testing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle (AV) capabilities. NI simulation solutions make it easier to integrate Velodyne’s sensors into vehicle solutions, providing faster time to market and improving vehicle safety. NI will demonstrate how its monoDrive AV simulation software is using Velodyne’s lidar technology to create digital twins and is providing validated physics-based sensor models for Velodyne lidar sensors.

“Our ADAS and lidar simulation capabilities support faster system development and deployment of ADAS and AV solutions that use Velodyne’s sensors. The NI monoDrive Real-to-Virtual technology provides an end-to-end solution for collecting real-world data from cameras, lidars and GNSS systems to create high-fidelity digital twins that help to accelerate ADAS and AV development,” said Jeff Phillips, Director of Marketing for NI’s Transportation Business Unit. “The combination of Velodyne’s high-performance sensors and our simulation and validation capabilities allows developers to test and validate solutions in a massively scalable variety of conditions before they reach the road.”

Seoul Robotics, an Automated with Velodyne partner, will demonstrate at the Velodyne booth its AI perception engine for Velodyne’s lidar sensors which provides real-time object detection, classification, tracking and prediction for autonomous systems. The AI engine can power self-driving cars as well as smart city applications and advanced parameter monitoring systems for facilities. Seoul Robotics’ SENSR™ perception software includes an AI engine that is fully optimized to utilize Velodyne’s portfolio of lidar sensors, including the Puck™, Ultra Puck™ and Alpha Prime™.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen presented the ID.Life concept car at the start of the IAA MOBILITY in Munich. The vehicle is based on the Group’s own MEB platform for electric vehicles and shows basic features of the design of the production vehicle planned for 2025.

As a small car in the price segment starting at 20,000 euros, the ID.Life is intended to represent the entry into VW electromobility. The target group is a young, urban milieu. The vehicle is equipped with a 172 kW electric power unit, and its 57 kWh battery provides a range of 400 kilometers. VW brand chief Ralf Brandstätter, said the study shows what an “extension of one’s own world of experience” could look like in an urban environment. In the ID.Life, the smartphone becomes the decisive control device in the empty cockpit, And the windshield “even becomes a movie screen,” says Brandstätter. You can play movies on it or play video games online with friends. The front bench seat can be folded down completely for this purpose. “Sit in the car, open the roof and enjoy a movie under the stars.”

For materials, VW is focusing on sustainability. The clearcoat for the body uses wood chips as a natural colorant and a bio-based hardener. The air chamber textile for the roof and front cover is made from 100 percent recycled PET bottles. In the interior, wood is combined for the dashboard and rear seat surrounds with Artvelours Eco for the seat surfaces and door panels.

The vehicle is highly customizable, harking back to VW’s design history. For example, in the study, the roof would be available to order in the design of the iconic Golf GTI pattern. Brandstätter stressed that the ID.Life once again demonstrates the versatility of VW’s MEB e-mobility platform. Volkswagen is fully committed to electric mobility. The group is aiming for a 70 percent share of electric vehicles in total production by 2030, he said.

Webasto

Webasto is further expanding its charging portfolio in 2021: with the new product configurator for charging solutions, which will be launched at the IAA 2021, the Stockdorf-based company is offering business customers a new opportunity to configure their individual desired product from the field of charging solutions in a tailored and needs-oriented manner.

In addition to the existing charging portfolio, customers can design an individual platform product. Among other things, product features such as the housing and design, energy output, connector type or cable length can be put together. The customer also receives additional assistance in terms of regional specifics and standards, as the configurator provides precise information on which plugs are required for which country. The simple and clear presentation of the extensive range of features also makes it easy to identify the various dependencies and interrelationships and thus configure the right product. With this tool, Webasto wants to offer its customers a new level of service for charging solutions.

The Webasto concept vehicle at this year’s IAA brings together the extensive product portfolio of Webasto, including its innovative roof for autonomous driving, efficient heating system, passenger car battery and smart-charging solution. The company, headquartered in Stockdorf, Germany, will showcase its systems expertise with its concept vehicle at the IAA 2021.

In the Roof Sensor Module, lidar sensors and cameras for autonomous driving are integrated into the large panoramic roof to obtain an accurate image of the vehicle’s surroundings. Lidar technology is used for capturing dynamic three-dimensional recordings of surroundings. Various cameras complete the image with precise object recognition and provide additional input with detailed information such as traffic signs or markings. To ensure the functionality of the sensor system in all weather conditions or when it becomes dirty, Webasto uses intelligent thermal management and various innovative cleaning systems. The integration of sensor technology in the roof system is achieved elegantly and seamlessly through the use of polycarbonate. This material is not only lighter and more impact-resistant than glass but is also easily moldable and particularly permeable to different sensor beams.

Since hybrid and electric vehicles do not have an internal heating source, existing components do not generate sufficient waste heat to support the drive battery or air conditioning for a vehicle’s interior. Webasto has developed the high-voltage heater (HVH), an electric water heating system for vehicles with high-voltage electrical systems, which is also integrated into the demonstration vehicle. The compact device heats the vehicle interior quickly, constantly and reliably. With an efficiency of up to 99 percent, it operates with maximum efficiency and is the only heater available on the market that can be used flexibly in the voltage range up to 800 V. Compared to other technologies, the high-voltage heater also achieves the same coolant or air temperatures with less battery power, which reduces the negative impact to the environment.

The concept vehicle is powered by Webasto’s passenger car battery, which will be produced in Dangjin, Korea as part of a collaboration with Hyundai-Kia Motors Corporation, beginning in 2022. The passenger car battery will be available in two different variants, namely the long-range version and a basic version. Currently under construction, the plant is the first large battery plant in the region and is modeled on Webasto’s technology plant in Schierling, Bavaria, where batteries for commercial vehicles and buses have been manufactured since 2017.

In addition to the concept vehicle, Webasto will also showcase a prototype of the Webasto DC Wallbox, which enables up to 22 kW of scalable charging and discharging power.

“The concept vehicle is our contribution to the mobility of tomorrow,” said Matthias Arleth, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board, who is responsible for technology topics for the Webasto Group. “It combines our decades of expertise in the development of roof and heating systems and our innovative strength in solutions for electromobility.”

 

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