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As a completely new concept between bicycle and motorcycle, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY opens up new possibilities for innovative, urban mobility of tomorrow. It is one of five different concept vehicles that the BMW Group will use to showcase its vision of individual mobility in and around the city at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. Under the common umbrella of electromobility, digitality and sustainability, these five pioneering concepts form a versatile and sustainable mobility mix on two and four wheels that comprehensively addresses a wide variety of mobility needs.
Vision AMBY and i Vision AMBY
AMBY stands for "Adaptive Mobility". The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY as well as that BMW i Vision AMBY interpret the basic idea of adaptive urban mobility on two wheels in different facets. Both vehicles have an electric drive with three speed levels for different types of roads. The drive enables up to 25 km / h for use on cycle paths, up to 45 km / h on inner-city roads and a top speed of up to 60 km / h on multi-lane roads and out of town. For the higher speeds, however, a helmet, insurance license plate and a corresponding driving license are required. While the BMW i Vision AMBY, a high-speed pedelec, requires constant pedaling in order to receive the support of the electric drive, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY accelerates with a throttle and has footpegs instead of pedals, as is typical for motorcycles.
Which modes are available to the driver is stored in an app on the smartphone that is connected to the respective "AMBY" vision vehicle.
A manual selection of the speed level is just as conceivable as the detection of the road using geofencing technology and the associated automatic adjustment of the maximum speed. Since the legal framework for such a vehicle with a modular speed concept does not yet exist, the “AMBY” vision vehicles want to be an impetus for legislation in order to stimulate such possibilities. The BMW Group is thus showing that it will continue to be part of the mobility offering in large cities in the future and that it will lead the way with innovative solutions.
New impulses for emotional mobility on two wheels.
“We are breaking new ground with the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY. For us, the user behavior is in the foreground. So the question is, how does the customer want to get around in the future? What requirements does he place on his vehicle? This is exactly where we started with our considerations. We wanted to develop an extremely emotional vehicle for smart locomotion in and around the city with maximum freedom. With the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY, our customers can literally experience the city anew, cover distances more flexibly and sometimes “break out” of the city. At the same time, BMW Motorrad is consistently continuing its electromobility strategy for urban conurbations. It is an exciting introduction to the world of BMW Motorrad that also promises the highest level of riding fun, ”explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad.
The design - the DNA of BMW Motorrad.
The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY breaks all previous categories: optically related to the world of bicycles, it is a motorcycle at heart. The slim proportions promise robustness and adventure. Its design clearly borrows from the gestures and design of BMW Enduro motorcycles. With large treads on the 26 "front wheel with thinner tires and the 24" rear wheel with wider tires, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY clearly shows that it can and will go anywhere. The firmly integrated bench with a seat height of 830 mm is just as typical a motorcycle feature as the permanently attached footrests.
In the further course, the bench as a design element extends over the gently rising upper frame area and draws a distinctive flyline. This creates a completely new and fresh look for BMW Motorrad, a link between the e-bike and the motorcycle world.
In the center of the frame, the large energy storage and the drive unit form a dark graphic block.
The large bicycle fork on the front wheel with its protectors makes the entire front part appear more massive and powerful. A small headlight with the U-shaped BMW Motorrad light signature clearly shows the roots of this concept, as does the double LED element as the rear light. The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY is also typically accelerated by the throttle grip, as is usual with a motorcycle. With a total weight of only around 65 kg, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY is significantly lighter than other motorcycles and therefore extremely manoeuvrable and agile.
Color and material concept with depth and unexpected details.
Compared to a conventional internal combustion engine, the electric drive of the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY has little visible mechanics due to its concept. His technical heart is therefore deliberately disguised and staged in a striking, almost machine-like manner. The color and material concept, which has been worked out with a high level of detail, comes into its own, which goes well beyond the traditionally dark basic colors and the use of white accents.
When using the materials, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY already uses cross-references to two other concept vehicles that will also celebrate their world premieres at the IAA Mobility 2021: the BMW i Vision Circular and the BMW i Vision AMBY. The material of the energy storage cladding "Floating Gray Polymers" is also used in the bumper of the BMW i Vision Circular. It consists of recycled plastic and can be returned to the material cycle at the end of the product life cycle. The material used on the seat can also be found in the saddle of the BMW i Vision AMBY and in the tires of the BMW i Vision Circular. With recycled plastic granulate and its exciting terrazzo look, it shows that several materials are given a second life here in a new form and function.
Asymmetrical design of the vehicle sides.
In keeping with the unexpected and self-confident character of the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY, the two sides of the vehicle are deliberately designed differently. On both sides, above the bright drive unit, the white “AMBY” lettering catches the eye, making a striking statement as a stylized graphic on the energy storage casing. While the lettering on the left-hand side is given additional visual depth by means of a shimmering, iridescent shadow, the lettering on the right is shown without a shadow. Below the energy store, two iridescent elements add a further accent.
On the right-hand side of the vehicle, three turquoise-blue tubes protrude visibly from the silhouette, clearly referring to the electrical heart of the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY. There is also a quote from Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “Electromobility will be of great importance for the future of motorcycling. We see a number of upcoming products with a focus on electric drives, especially in the area of urban mobility. I'm not only thinking of classic scooters, but also of alternative, modern, emotional products. Electromobility on two wheels has to be really fun and exciting. And that is exactly the kind of product we will develop. "
In many places, the interaction of the technoid pixel font with the classic serif font shows the attention to detail at second glance. Together, like the vision vehicle itself, they build the bridge between the past and the future. The coordinates on the right refer to the BMW Motorrad design studio in Munich, where the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY was born. On the opposite side, the letters AMBY are also shown in Morse code, only that dashes visualize the dots. In their perfect interplay, all of these well thought-out details create a unique graphic and a highly modern look.
The smartphone as a key.
The user can do this using a specially developed app
Activate BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY for driving, read in your stored driver's license classes and use the appropriate, necessary insurance cover on demand. The app thus takes on the classic key function and uses the usual identification options in smartphones, such as Face ID. Basic functions and status queries (e.g. current charge status) are available in a similar way to the BMW app. Customers receive further developments and adjustments to the software at any time thanks to over-the-air updates.
The smartphone shown in the vision vehicle charges inductively on the magnetic holder in the lower field of vision. In addition, these connectivity options could also offer theft protection or an immobilizer as a basic function.
The answer to the question “Where is my BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY?” Would also be just a click away on the smartphone.
Geofencing as a key technology.
Instead of choosing the driving mode yourself, the geofencing technology in combination with the detailed HERE map service could create the decisive parameters for the automatic adjustment of the speed level (25/45/60 km / h) and the corresponding insurance benefit. In this way, the vehicle recognizes the type of road, the cycle path or the traffic-calmed area and automatically adjusts the maximum permitted speed. The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY can transform itself from an S-Pedelec-like vehicle to a more motorcycle-inspired vehicle. Overriding the mode by the user is not possible. The required license plate is implemented using an innovative display area. The mode selected at this moment can thus be easily read or recognized by the other road users.
In addition, further technological innovations are conceivable with the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY: an optimized ABS system could further increase safety, as could an automatic high beam or brake light assistant, as well as daytime running lights. A tire pressure monitoring system, which is already available as an option on the BMW Group's motorcycles, is also conceivable. A distance radar with a range of up to 140 m warns optically and acoustically in the app of vehicles approaching from behind and rounds off the possible safety features. The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY shows a new approach to what modern, urban mobility of tomorrow can look like. It is intended as a stimulus to promote discussions about future mobility in the cities.
Data from the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY.
- Battery: not specified
- Performance: not specified
- Vmod1: up to 25 km / h
- Vmod2: up to 45 km / h
- Vmodmax: up to 60 km / h
- Range: approx. 110 km (combined according to WMTC)
- Rims: coarse spoked wheel with 26 inches at the front and 24 inches at the rear
- Seat height: 830 mm
- Empty weight: approx. 65 kg
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BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY.
Photo credit: BMW
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