This week's snippets of automotive news include news on BMW's research and development department, Citroen's Airbump design, Volkswagen boss on the next generation of cars and DS on a two-seat city car.
The entire computing power of BMW’s research and development department is 60 petabytes. To get the required computing power needed to develop and run autonomous cars, this will need to grow to 600 petabytes, according to development boss Klaus Fröhlich. To that end, it is working with computing firms Intel and MobilEye in a three-way joint venture to develop the computing technology needed.
Citroen Airbump design:
Citroen bosses are currently discussing whether its Airbump design, seen on cars such as the C3, should make it to the next C5 saloon, due in 2020. Product boss Xavier Peugeot said it is under consideration but the most important thing is to “reinvent the saloon”. He said: “If you try to sell a traditional saloon, you’re in trouble.”
Volkswagen on the next generation of car: