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BMW: Bus, MRT, Walk?

Future Beemers will be able to tell drivers when to leave the car at home and use public transport

Published on Nov 28, 2011 6:00 AM

The car is not always the best way to get from point A to B. We should not keep filling cities with cars. We should consider car-sharing as well as provide connections to other modes of transportation.

You would expect such statements from a city planner, an environmentalist or a politician. But a carmaker?

Yet, these are sentiments Mr Glenn Schmidt, BMW Group's head of steering government affairs, shared with Life! when he was here for the recent Singapore International Energy Week.

While cars offer people the freedom and flexibility to move from place to place, and that individual mobility is, as he described, 'a basic need', public transport often makes more sense. BMW, he revealed, is trying to bridge the chasm between private and public transport. It believes both can co-exist in harmony.

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Background story

'We don't need to sell more and more cars - that's not BMW's position. That's the past. We need to be more open. We need to link with other forms of transportation'

Mr Glenn Schmidt, BMW Group's head of steering government affairs