Case Study: BMW C1 (CityOne) New concept for a city car
Keywords: urban travel, BMW, C1, scooter, concept car, prototypes, microcar, city car
Cities currently gather the bulk of human activity, it is this concentration of activities and therefore employment that explains the constant rural exodus of 200 last years.
The countryside is empty by giving birth to cities more and more immense. Many geo-politic institutes announce, with reason, the development of huge megalopolises for the next century, each grouping more than 20 million inhabitants. This trend is more characteristic of the industrialized countries, but the developing countries have been experiencing the same phenomenon for several decades.
The rural deserts contrast the overflowing activity of the urban poles. The aging rural population reinforces this desertification of rural activity. It is necessary to reverse this trend so as not to see thousands of abandoned villages on all sides. Could the rise of the Internet (teleworking) bring these deserted regions back to life (do we still need reliable and inexpensive connections)? Concentrations of urban populations pose a great deal of
problems, we will limit ourselves to that of transport.
Urban activities require large means of transport of populations, the centers of the cities are saturated as well by the transport as by the population. Houses in the city center are expensive and there is not enough space to live close to the place of work. The populations migrate on the outskirts of the center to create suburbs, then crowns several tens of km from the center. In addition, there is rarely a job near the home and it is often necessary to cross a good part of the city to get to work. The construction of huge centers of dense housing near the activities would limit this need for travel but I doubt that in France dormitory cities based on the Asian model are born (and that's good).
The urban population must therefore move regularly and systematically to a greater or lesser extent. The problems caused by these displacements are numerous but can be summed up in the word saturation: saturation of the voices of circulation and the air.
Let's see how the politicians and manufacturers are trying to reduce this saturation and we will focus more particularly on the design study of the new scooter 100% urban BMW C1 (CityOne).