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BMW Documentaries: Submit your questions

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Earlier this year, BMW launched a new series of short films. Directed under the title BMW Documentaries – Wherever You Want To Go, the four …

Earlier this year, BMW launched a new series of short films. Directed under the title BMW Documentaries – Wherever You Want To Go, the four chapters focus on future mobility and sustainability.

The online documentaries run between 4 and 10 minutes, and bring forward some important personalities that talk about mobility and future of cities: Marissa Mayer, Google Vice President, Blade Runner designer Syd Mead, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, ZipCar founder Robin Chase, Treehugger.com founder Graham Hilll, Ridelust.com editor-in-chief Mike Musto, BMW DesignWorks USA President Laurenz Shaffer and many others.

The short films were created by ad agency Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners.

BMW Documentaries: Submit your questionsSame agency is running a follow-up feature to the popular documentaries and through us they are allowing our readers to submit questions to some of the people feature in the films. The questions should be focused on issues brought up in the films and anything related to the future of mobility or electric vehicles.

Graham Hill (Treehugger), Robin Chase (ZipCar), Wai Cheng (Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT), and George Whitesides (Virgin Galactic), all featured in the documentary, have agreed to answer these questions.

The deadline for the submission is Tuesday, March 29th and the answers will be published on BMWBLOG by Monday, April 11th.

As a refresher, here are all the short films:

“Wherever You Want To Go” (Trailer)

BMW ActivateTheFuture – Chapter 1: THE NEW CITY

“The Future Just Isn’t What It Used To Be”

In the Future Will There Still Be Room On the Road For Muscle Cars?

“How We’ll Learn To Stop Worrying and Love the Future”

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  • BMWFan1

    For ZipCar founder: Will shared car services play an important role in future mobility? If yes, then outline some of your predictions.

  • MisterMRE

    In the future, will person-operated automobiles become obsolete? It’s not hard to imagine a future where you simply plug in your destination and your vehicle is piloted automatically — allowing passengers to focus on work, sleep or conversation. If this happens, what will happen to the american driving culture — could driving a car become akin to knowing how to ride a horse? Fun, adventurous — but more of a sport or recreational activity rather than a necessity.

  • Harrison

    Why do you think people are so resistant to change the way they get around town when they’re not nearly as resistant to change other relatively major things in their lives? For instance, in New York right now there is a major debate going on in Park Slope about bike lanes. Virtually every argument against the lanes I’ve read is either “a biker almost hit me once” or “bikers run red lights,” both statements that could just as easily be said about cars in the neighborhood, and obviously to much worse effect. So, what is behind the resistance to change in this aspect?

  • GuruFuru

    I always thought people lived in cities because that is where their job was physically located. If technology is making it easier for people to work from any physical location, why are cities becoming more denser and — for the first time in history — more people are living in cities than not? Once technology improves even greater and telecommuting is more expected can we expect cities to become less popular and thus the need for transportation within cities less critical?

  • Stirrer

    When will hybrids be mandatory???

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