Munich. For more than 90 years, the 2-cylinder boxer engine has been a key element of the BMW Motorrad identity, in both technological and visual terms. But as the BMW Group consistently pursues electrification, the question arises as to what a BMW motorcycle might look like that is electrically powered? And how would it reveal itself at first sight to be a BMW? One possible answer to these questions is provided by the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster, a highly emotional naked bike with electric drive.
“The boxer engine is the heart of BMW Motorrad – an absolute stalwart of its character. But BMW Motorrad stands for visionary zero-emissions vehicle concepts, too. In view of this, one question that arises is: what would happen if we were to replace the boxer engine with an electric motor and the required battery? The Vision Bike shows how we’re able to retain the identity and iconic appearance of BMW Motorrad in distinctive form while at the same time presenting an exciting new type of riding pleasure,” explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad. “After all: anyone who’s ever tried it out in practice knows very well that riding on two wheels is just as exciting when its electrically powered! The high level of torque right at set-off makes for breath taking acceleration. This almost brutal power delivery creates a whole new experience of dynamic performance. And the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster puts a face to this experience.”
New drive, familiar appearance.
In a motorcycle, the motor is the centrepiece – it is the fundamental element, providing the basis for the entire architecture. But electrical drive components have completely different requirements in terms of installation space. While in a conventional motorbike the size of the engine is mainly determined by its capacity, it is the battery that takes up most space in the case of an electrically powered vehicle. The electric motor itself is relatively compact. Starting from this new basis, the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster is able to make this transfer – retaining the iconic appearance of a boxer while filling it with a new function. This is why the Vision Bike is instantly recognisable as a BMW motorcycle, revealing its electric nature on closer inspection.
Replacing what would previously have been the engine, there is now a vertically fitted, longitudinally oriented battery. For cooling purposes, two side elements protrude with cooling ribs and integrated ventilators. As in the boxer engine of the BMW R 32 – the development of which was masterminded by Max Friz in 1923 – the cooling elements are placed in the air stream. The cylinder-shaped electric motor is positioned underneath the battery and is directly connected to the universal shaft. The BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster thus demonstrates a clever drive architecture that visually echoes the history of BMW Motorrad while at the same time taking it a step further.
Dynamic performance reflected in the proportions.
In the side view, the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster presents a highly dynamic gesture with clear front-wheel orientation. The low front section and the short, high rear convey a sense of agility. Instead of the fuel tank, a flat, finely-wrought tubular structure spans the vehicle corpus. Its further shaping integrates the seat in a modern form, thereby creating the flyline of a sporty roadster. The frame structure is a key factor in defining the dynamic side view.
The large battery with its laterally protruding cooling systems is positioned at the centre of a frame milled from aluminium. The three-dimensional surface finish on the battery trim conveys a contemporary aesthetic appeal with its precise contours. The cooling elements echo the slight forward tilt of the battery silhouette, giving the side a dynamic momentum. When starting the electric motor, these cooling elements move out slightly, indicating that the bike is ready to go.
High performance with a light touch.
The overall appearance of the BMW Motorrad Vision DC conveys a sense of lightness so as to emphasise driving dynamics. Elements such as the seat and the cooling system appear to hover around the battery. On the frame itself, lengthwise milled grooves create a fascinating visual effect, reducing the perceived volume and highlighting the bike’s longitudinal dynamics. This impression is further underscored by means of openings in the milled aluminium frame and the tubular frame structure arranged above it. High-tech materials such as carbon fibre and aluminium reduce the overall weight and give the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster a technical aesthetic. Meanwhile, red contrast elements and brushed aluminium at selected points such as the battery, frame and cool systems emphasise the bike’s innovative geometry.
High-quality details on closer inspection.
A key element of the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster’s captivating overall appeal is the elaborate finish to be found in all its details. Within the mainly dark colour concept, it is the mechanical elements such as the exposed universal shaft and the Duolever fork that add striking accentuations. In this case, the two classic BMW features are re-interpreted and elaborately showcased. In the same way, the suggested triangular frame echoes a typical feature of earlier BMW motorcycle models, even recapturing its white lines, which in this instance fluoresce in the dark. The minimalist design of the front and rear lights is an iconic implementation of the hallmark BMW Motorrad lighting, reflecting maximum reduction in modern style. The headlamp shows the LED daytime riding light in a dynamic, flat U shape, while two compact LED lenses on each side provide the low and high beam. This creates a hallmark lighting design that makes the concept vehicle instantly recognisable as a BMW motorcycle – both during the day and at night. The rear light consists of two C-shaped LED elements which are integrated in the aluminium rear carrier in minimalist, technically high-quality form. On the flanks of the tires exclusively made by Metzeler for the Vision Bike, five fluorescent elements, each about the size of a postage stamp, are integrated. They combine innovative design with safety aspects: standing and moving, the lighting elements create an exciting graphic effect. In darkness, they increase the visibility from the side and thus providing more security. They also convey dynamics when in motion.
Smart rider equipment.
The functional two-piece suit is not instantly recognisable as protective clothing: it is an outfit that primarily stands as a modern, emotional fashion statement. The light jacket with large graphics in iridescent colouring and the casually styled black trousers combine fashion sense with new functionalities. The protectors are sewn in almost invisibly, while integrated technologies enable various light functions as well as the digital connectivity of the future. An asymmetrical rucksack vest rounds off the rider equipment for the vision vehicle. Fixed to the jacket by means of magnets, it provides storage space and additional functionality. The permanent magnets means that the rucksack is quick to put on and take off.
Symbol of a new generation.
The BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster is a visionary symbol of the future of BMW Motorrad with alternative drive forms. It showcases the electrically powered driving experience in honest, authentic form, in particular creating a new, distinctive aesthetic appeal that is still firmly rooted in the finest BMW tradition.
Munich. In future, drivers will be able to choose whether they wish to be driven or do the driving themselves. With the BMW Vision M NEXT, the BMW Group is revealing its take on how driving pleasure might look in future for those who enjoy taking the wheel themselves. It offers a foretaste of the BMW M brand’s electrified future by placing the focus squarely on the actively engaged driver. Intelligent technologies on board provide comprehensive yet carefully targeted assistance to turn them into the ultimate driver.
Hosting the exclusive world premiere of the BMW Vision M NEXT is the new #NEXTGen infotainment platform at BMW Welt. This standalone event concentrating on personal mobility solutions “made by the BMW Group” adds another regular fixture to the calendar of car shows / technology & future-focused trade events around the world which the company already attends. The Group’s latest technological advances in the fields of design, autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services will be showcased here, alongside spectacular world premieres such as that of the BMW Vision M NEXT.
“The BMW Vision M NEXT provides a glimpse into the future of sporty driving,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “Where the BMW Vision iNEXT illustrated how autonomous driving is set to transform life on board our vehicles, the BMW Vision M NEXT demonstrates how state-of-the-art technology can also make the experience of driving yourself purer and more emotionally engaging. In both models, the focus is firmly on the people inside. Design and technology make the ‘EASE’ and ‘BOOST’ experiences more natural and more intense.”
The EASE and BOOST experience concepts.
The BMW Vision iNEXT and BMW Vision M NEXT Vision Vehicles represent prototype versions of BMW’s future experience concepts “EASE” and “BOOST”. EASE encompasses all the experiences during a journey when the vehicle assumes the task of driving. Here, the vehicle is transformed into a living space on four wheels, where the passengers can feel safe and secure. From rest and relaxation, via talking, interacting and enjoying in-car entertainment, all the way to maximum concentration – the experiences on offer with the EASE concept are as varied as the occupants’ needs. BOOST, meanwhile, stands for the ultimate active driving experience. The EASE and BOOST concepts are underpinned in equal measure by the building blocks for the BMW Group’s future, comprising the innovation areas of Autonomous driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services (ACES). The Design lends these areas visual expression and makes the underlying technology something you can engage with (D+ACES).
Exterior exudes BMW sports-car DNA.
“The BMW Vision M NEXT is a progressive hybrid sports car that makes a very clear and confident statement, in terms of both appearance and interaction,” says Domagoj Dukec, Vice President BMW Design. The emotion-stirring exterior design clearly announces the BMW Vision Vehicle’s performance potential, borrowing styling cues from both classic and contemporary BMW sports cars in the process. The BMW Vision M NEXT draws its inspiration from the iconic BMW Turbo and groundbreaking BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and adopts a future-focused interpretation of design elements such as the low-slung, wedge-shaped silhouette, gullwing doors and striking colour scheme. The unmistakable sports-car proportions are composed of surfaces characterised by clarity and pared-down styling. The front and rear ends are finished in the matt-neon shade Thrilling Orange, producing a vivid contrast against the exterior’s otherwise silk-matt Cast Silver metallic paintwork. This use of colour blocking gives the Vision Vehicle an added air of modernity and emphasises its inherent dynamism.
The actual driving experience in the BMW Vision M NEXT is every bit as captivating as its exterior looks. The Power PHEV drive system in offers the choice between electric all-wheel drive and pure rear-wheel drive, with either all-electric propulsion or the power of a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. System output of 441 kW (600 hp) produces a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) and enables the BMW Vision M NEXT to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just three seconds. There is also a BOOST+ mode that puts extra power on tap at the push of a button. The maximum range when driving in all-electric mode is 100 km (62 miles) – more than enough to complete the majority of journeys purely on electric power. This means the BMW Vision M NEXT is a sports car that would also be suitable for use in city centres where zero-emissions zones may come into force in the future.
Incorporating a modern take on classic design icons: the front end.
The expressive front-end design serves up a confident and modern interpretation of classic BMW icons. The signature BMW kidney grille is flanked on either side by triangular elements in Thrilling Orange, which serve to accentuate the air intakes at the sides and the integral headlights. These elements combine with the blade-shaped air intake below the kidney grille to create a cutting-edge racing aesthetic.
The soft outer curves of the kidney grille openings are reminiscent of a turbine’s air intake and give the front end added dynamic impact, while the colour gradient used for the inside of the two kidney elements creates a sense of depth. The grille openings are each blanked off by a transparent layer with a laser-etched, illuminated pattern that seems to be floating inside – a highly sophisticated touch that gives added emphasis to this section of the car.
The BMW Vision M NEXT headlights are positioned on the outer edges of the front end, higher up than the kidney grille. Arranged one above the other rather than side by side, their constituent elements represent a highly distinctive interpretation of BMW’s classic four-eyed front end. The headlights hand a debut to Laser Wire lighting technology, whereby glass fibres coated with phosphorous are used to produce headlight elements with a new, super-slim and extremely precise form. All of which further underscores the Vision Vehicle’s future-focused character.
Trailblazing dynamism: the flanks.
The low-slung, wedge-shaped sports-car silhouette of the BMW Vision M NEXT, the reward climb of its flank lines and the diagonal splash of contrasting orange colour endow it with dramatic forward-surging intent, even when standing still. The black side skirts made from recycled carbon fibre make the car look even lower on the road. The sports-car silhouette frames a small number of crisp lines running along the clearly sculpted surfaces. The lines of the powerfully contoured shoulders are also used to create the effect of the iconic Hofmeister kink, instead of incorporating it into the window graphic in the usual BMW fashion. The design is broken up by a gill-like aperture that narrows as it sweeps back from the window surface towards the tail, giving the car a more elongated appearance. A second look reveals another highlight in the form of the Air Flow. This opening located just in front of the rear wheels is designed to carefully channel the onrushing air towards the rear end in a way that further improves aerodynamics.
Precisely engineered gaps in the wheels’ intricate, three-dimensional multi-spoke design result in low weight, maximum rigidity and reduced drag and so optimise the transfer of power to the road. The spokes’ open, three-dimensional architecture maximises cooling of the large brake discs at the front, while inserts optimise aero efficiency at the rear. The rear wheels on the BMW Vision M NEXT measure 22 inches in diameter, making them one inch larger than the front wheels (21 inches) and further emphasising the car’s wedge-shaped appearance.
Low-slung, broad and extremely dynamic: the rear end.
The broad, low-slung rear end makes a stylistic statement with its distinctly sporty tone. Its colour scheme divides the car’s sculptural tail into two sections. The top section in Thrilling Orange creates a visual link between the coloured areas of the flanks, further adding to the impression of width. The area below it is made from recycled carbon fibre and incorporates an aerodynamically optimised diffuser. The design of the rear window takes its cue from the BMW M1. The three-piece louvres are made from glass and emphasise the horizontal focus of the rear-end styling.
The rear lights feature the same Laser Wire technology used for the headlights. Their glass lenses frame the rear end in a sweeping flourish on either side, bringing its width and sporting presence to the fore. Inside each light unit, a single wafer-thin glass fibre produces an abstract ECG trace of a heartbeat fashioned with pin-sharp precision. The two-dimensional reinterpretation of the distinctive pair of BMW roundels from the BMW Turbo and BMW M1 – a gift to BMW aficionados – gives them the impression of floating in the rear lights’ transparent lenses.
Focusing on the driver: the interior.
Facial recognition technology allows the car to unlock automatically as the driver approaches. Pressing the touch sensor on the gullwing doors prompts them to swing open, revealing a cabin that merges the driver and vehicle into one. The classy, minimalist interior revolves entirely around the actively engaged driver, both stylistically and technologically. The interior appears as if cut from a single mould, with functional elements such as the air vents integrated almost out of sight. Its geometry is deliberately restrained in nature so the driver can devote their attention entirely to the driving experience. The seat shells form part of a seat sculpture with a flowing design. They are upholstered in a foam material with shape memory properties that moulds itself to, cushions and supports the body to optimum effect. The head restraints seem to hover above both seat shells, increasing the sense of lightness. The extremely comfortable seating position immerses the driver in the driving experience.
Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel: the BOOST Pod.
“The entire interior is focused on the BOOST Pod. The geometry has a deliberately low-key feel so that the driver can concentrate fully on the driving experience,” explains Domagoj Dukec. Taking pride of place in the interior, the BOOST Pod forms the interface between driver and vehicle. It brings together all the control options and information across three distinct visual tiers in the driver’s direct field of view. The first plane is formed by the horizontally arranged steering wheel featuring two small displays. Following this in the driver’s line of sight is a Curved Glass Display, a new addition whose transparent surface stretches around the steering wheel like a visor. The full-surface Augmented Reality Head-Up Display in the windscreen constitutes the third plane. Everything therefore happens directly in the driver’s line of sight. The driving settings can be modified on the steering wheel, while information such as revs, road speed, energy management, the driver’s heart rate and availability of BOOST+ mode is spread among a total of five clusters in the Curved Glass Display behind. BOOST+ mode can be engaged at the touch of a button to release extra power. The car alerts the driver when the ideal moment arrives to activate BOOST+.
Taking driver focus to the next level: focus logic.
“In the BMW Vision M NEXT, intelligent technologies help the driver and deliver the right content at the right time. Operation is clear and intuitive, with all information presented in the driver’s direct field of view. This is a deliberate counterpoint to the BMW Vision iNEXT, which focused on multimodal operation from every seat,” continues Dukec.
The BMW Vision M NEXT therefore shows the way ahead for BMW’s fabled driver focus. The cabin’s geometry and technology have both been devised to help focus attention on the task of driving and prevent distractions. To this end, the information displayed is adapted to the current speed – based on the principles of focus logic. As the vehicle speeds up, the information centres increasingly on driving-related data and moves into the driver’s eye-line. It is possible to communicate with the Intelligent Personal Assistant at all times while driving – if drivers wish to book the visionary Valet Parking Service for their destination, for instance. Here, a concierge is on hand when they arrive to take the vehicle, park it and bring it back again at the desired time. All done simply and seamlessly using the MyBMW App.
Innovative materials for a luxurious ambience and optimum performance.
“We have designed a modern and luxurious interior with the help of innovative materials. Whereas its geometry is clear and restrained, individual details are showcased like top-class accessories,” says Dukec. The pioneering mix of materials employed in the BMW Vision M NEXT, including woven synthetic fibres, anodised titanium and painted surfaces, has never been seen before in a vehicle in this form, which is why it brings out the car’s character to such stunning effect. Use of leather has been kept deliberately to a minimum, which is why it only adorns the design details that the driver’s and passenger’s hands touch directly, such as the steering wheel and door pull handles. Instead, the interior is dominated by a Midnight Blue microfibre fabric whose look and feel are akin to leather, but is also highly distinctive. Judicious use of Thrilling Orange contrasts injects additional sporting flair.
A particularly striking touch here is the accent line in the driver’s area that runs forwards from the seat over the BOOST Pod, indicating the ideal line of sight over the road. A light element in the BOOST Pod further strengthens this line.
The metallic surfaces in Titanium Bronze have a warm, shimmering tone, adding to the exclusive ambience in the car’s interior. Neat design touches such as the barely visible pockets in the door and centre console allow everyday essentials to remain securely stowed away even when cornering at high speed. The gyroscopic cupholder is able to compensate for strong lateral and longitudinal dynamic forces. A glance upwards reveals both the visible roof structure made from recycled carbon fibre and the headliner, whose tone-in-tone paint finish with mild sheen effect blends in perfectly with the rest of the interior’s colour scheme.
The past and future of dynamic driving.
With its enthralling blend of design and driving experience, the BMW Vision M NEXT fuses BMW’s sporting heritage with the possibilities of tomorrow’s world, and illustrates how the D+ACES building blocks for the future will be able to enhance how the driver experiences a car’s dynamics.
Prostate cancer cases on the
rise, is the third leading cancer in India
At a press briefing held recently, renowned urologist, Dr. N Ragavan
highlighted that in India, around 25,000 people are diagnosed to have prostate
cancer4, indicating an alarming rise in the disease. Today, it is
the second most common form of cancer amongst men, after lung and mouth cancer.
As per available statistics, since the 1990s, cases of prostate cancer have
shot up by over 220% and India’s National Cancer Registry Programme estimates that
the incidence is expected to grow rapidly by 2020.3
One of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men across the world,
prostate cancer usually begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow
uncontrollably due to adverse genes, coupled with unhealthy lifestyles. Imbalanced
diet, physical inactivity and smoking increase a person’s chances of contracting
the disease. And due to growing
urbanization, workplace stress and sedentary lifestyles, the incidence rates of
this cancer are rapidly increasing, and expected to double by 2020. As per population-based cancer registries, metropolitan cities such as Delhi, Mumbai,
Chennai, Kolkata have recorded
a statistically significant increasing trend in incidence rates over time.
Dr. N. Ragavan, Senior
Consultant Urologist, Uro-oncologist and Robotic Surgeon, said, “India has seen more than 45,000 number of cases in the last few years4. Prostate
cancer is among the leading cancers in India. It usually affects men in age
group of 65+ years. Recently there has been an increase in reports of cancer in
younger men in the age group of 35-44 and 55-64 residing in metropolitan cities
including Chennai. Old age, obesity, improper diet, and genetic propensities
have been identified as some of the main contributing factors towards rising
incidences of prostate cancer. The key to successfully treating this form of
cancer is early detection, while it is still confined to prostate gland.
Regular follow-up after any treatment modality is very critical to prevent relapse
of the tumor.”2
The stages and the treatment of prostate cancer can be broadly
classified into two stages. Early-stage (Stage I and II) of prostate cancer
usually grows very slowly and may take years to cause any signs and symptoms or
other health problems.1The second stage is locally advanced prostate
cancer (stage III). Depending upon the stage of cancer, active surveillance,
watchful waiting, radical prostatectomy, laparoscopic prostatectomy, hormone
therapy, cryotherapy, may be recommended. Standard method of screening for
prostate cancer is a digital rectal exam and blood tests for prostate-specific
antigen (PSA), a protein that signals to the body that the cancer cell is
present. Early detection and getting screened regularly will help prevent the
disease to some extent.
Correct and complete knowledge
of cancer, treatment options, new advancements in R&D are very important in
helping policy makers and concerned authorities to plan and formulate sound
cancer control strategies based on scientific and empirical bases.
The downpour of praises and positive reception among the universal crowds for “Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja” has whelmed the entire team with immense elations. While each and every YouTuber (a) artistes had their realms of applause and appreciations with their onscreen presence, a particular character turned up as a surprisal showstopper and he’s none other than Vivek Prasanna. In a short span of time, the actor has established a prominent stature for his diversified roles in humour, antagonistic shades and character roles. His inclusion in NNOR star-cast was kept under wraps and it distinctly occurred as a surprise element with his entry.
Filmmaker Karthik Venugopalan says, “It’s really happy to see that each and every character in the film was acknowledged and praised. When writing and developing the script, it was the antagonist’s role that actually impressed us all for the main core of film travels on him. Even after finalizing the other artistes and completing the first schedule, we couldn’t finalize the one for this role. Coincidentally, as a team, we all felt that Vivek Prasanna would be the appropriate choice for he owns the salient trait of exhibiting the villainous role with humorous shades. Moreover, we were spellbound over his performance in the film ‘Meyaadha Maan’ and felt that he would befittingly look perfect. He’s someone, who earnestly receives our input and delivers the best results exceeding our expectations. When we had the screen test of Vivek Prasanna with costumes and goggles, we were completely satisfied as the character we imagined had gained complete life. It has become a common verdict from people that Vivek Prasanna reminiscences of “Nooravadhu Naal” Sathyaraj.”
“Be it any place or time, he is ready to give his best improvising his performance. Even at the crowded junctures like railway station, he was so down to earth in such a way that even after the shot was perfect, he would voluntarily suggest for one more take to give betterment. Despite our team comprising of new artistes, who are mostly from YouTube, he never displayed any ego of his seniority. If not for his unconditional effort, this role would have not gained so much prominence. It’s so great to see that people are enjoying his performance, especially for the song ‘Kodiyille Malliga Poo”. He’s already a top-notch actor and I am sure that his stature as outstanding character artiste will escalate to a great character artiste.”
Produced by Sivakarthikeyan for Sivakarthikeyan Productions, Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja featuring Rio Raj, Shirin Kanchwala, RJ Vigneshkanth, Radharavi, Nanjil Sampath, Vivek Prasanna along with many YouTubers in star-cast was released last Friday opening to positive reviews.
There’s something really special about actor Kishore. Every time, he wears the greasepaint, he transforms magically into diversified roles winning our appreciations. Be it a positive one or the antagonistic shades, he never misses to be a showstopper and he’s already the cynosure of public glare with his new avatar in “House Owner”, which is scheduled for June 28 release.
It’s obvious that artistes always share a raving appreciation over working with their respective filmmakers in a project, but the citations from Kishore look more emotional. “Yes, the journey of House Owner happens to be an emotional experience to me. Although, my role in this film is short, I gained and learnt lots of values for it was more like an acting class,” says actor Kishore, who continues to add, “ Lakshmy Ramakrishnan is an extraordinary filmmaker and when I say this, it’s 100% true. Apparently, anyone who has worked with her would accept it. It wasn’t merely about her directorial proficiency, but the way she handled everything on the sets. An independent film like “House Owner” has very little manpower and she was involved in multi-tasking, which was unbelievably surprising. I must admit that today we come across lots of young filmmakers, who are technically brilliant, but lack life experience. Most of them feel more difficult to share their vision and at times, I would ask them perform so that I can follow the same. However, Lakshmy Ramakrishnan has imparted more life into each and every frame. It’s common that as an artiste, one would absolutely feel the emotions of the character they are performing, but I could feel and relate the pain, pathos and love that the character of wife Radha carries (played by Sriranjani) in the film. I am sure; audience will definitely go through the same experiences while watching the movie. Sriranjani has done a wonderful job and as I said, her role carries so much of emotions and she has exhibited it commendably. Both Kishore and Lovelyn are the souls of “House Owner” for they’ve escalated the vision of Lakshmy Ramakrishnan.”
Dr. Ramakrishnan is producing “House Owner” for Monkey Creative Labs and AGS Cinemas is releasing it on June 28 across Tamil Nadu. Scripted and helmed by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, the film holds a strong technical team comprising of Krishnasekhar T.S. (Cinematography), C.S. Prem Kumar (Editing), Tapas Nayak (Audiography), Karky-Anuradha (Lyrics) and M.V. Ramesh (Production Executive).
House Owner படத்தின் அனல் பறக்கும் விவாதங்கள் | Director Lakshmi Rama krishnan
பிக்பாஸ் 3 தான் இப்போதைக்கு தமிழ்நாட்டின் ஒரே பரபரப்பு. நடிகர் கமலஹாசன் இந்த சீசனையும் தொகுத்து வழங்க வருகிறார். முற்றிலும் மாற்றியமைக்கப்பட்ட செட்டில் இம்முறை அதிக கேமராக்களுடன் 17 போட்டியாளர்களுடன் களமிறங்குகிறது பிக்பாஸ்.
இதுவரை 15 போட்டியாளர்கள் களமிறங்கிய நிலையில் 16 வது சிறப்பு போட்டியாளராக மாடல், நடிகை, மிஸ் சவுத் இந்தியா புகழ் மீரா மிதுன் களமிறங்க உள்ளார்.
மீராமிதுன் இவர் எட்டு தோட்டாக்கள், தானா சேர்ந்த கூட்டம் போன்ற படங்களில் நடித்தவர். சென்னையை சேர்ந்த இவர் படிக்கும் காலத்தில் இருந்தே மாடலிங் துறையில் அதிக ஆர்வம் கொண்டவர். படிப்பிற்கு பின் மாடலிங் துறையில் நுழைந்து மிஸ் சவுத் இந்தியா, மிஸ் தமிழ்நாடு உட்பட நான்கு அழகி பட்டங்களை வென்றவர். படிக்கும் காலத்தில் இருந்தே மாடலிங்கில் வெகுவாக ஆர்வம் கொண்டிருந்த இவர் ஒரு தமிழ்ப்பெண்ணாக கார்பரேட்கள் கொடிகட்டி பறக்கும் மாடலிங் துறையில் தனியாளாக மோதி ஜெயித்தவர். ஐந்து வருடங்களாக மாடலிங் துறையில் கொடிகட்டி பறந்தவர். அதைத்தொடர்ந்து சினிமாவிலும் நடிக்க ஆரம்பித்தார்.
தமிழ்ப்பெண்ணாக மாடலிங் துறையில் ஜெயித்த இவர் தன்னைப்பொன்றே மாடலிங் ஆசை கொண்ட தமிழ்ப்பெண்கள் எந்தக் கஷ்டங்களும் படக்கூடாது என்றே மிஸ் தமிழ்நாடு திவா அமைப்பை தொடங்கி நடத்தி வருகிறார்.
தற்போது மாடலிங் துறையில் இருந்து முதல் தமிழ்ப்பெண்ணாக பிக் பாஸிக்குள் நுழைந்துள்ளார். மாடல் என்றாலே வெளிநாட்டு, வெளி மாநில பெண் என்ற நிலையை மாற்றி ஒரு தமிழ்ப்பெண் மாடலாக பிக் பாஸுக்குள் நுழைகிறார். இவரது சாதனைகள் கேள்விப்பட்டே பிக் பாஸில் கலந்து கொள்ள பிக்பாஸ் குழு சிறப்பு போட்டியாளராக இவரை அழைத்துள்ளது.
இன்றைய எபிஸோட் முதல் இவர் பிக்பாஸ்3 ல் கலந்து கொள்வார் என அறிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.
New BMW “eDrive Zone” function and digital BMW service “BMW points” promote emissions-free driving in environmental zones and offer users additional cost benefits.
Munich. With the introduction of the fourth generation of BMW plug-in hybrid models, novel features are soon to be launched which will help maximize the distance covered using electric power. In this way, the BMW Group is clustering its expertise in the areas of eDrive technology and digitalisation in order to promote emissions-free and low-noise driving in cities. Presented today for the first time at #NEXTGen, the BMW Group’s new communication format, the latest innovations enable drivers of BMW plug-in hybrid models to contribute actively to improving the quality of living in urban environments. Users also benefit from attractive premiums and can compete with other users for fun.
eDrive Zones enable emissions-free access to environmental zones.
With the current shift in thinking to make cities suitable for human beings rather than cars, more and more cities are considering imposing access limitations on vehicles powered by combustion engines. In view of this, the BMW Group is consistently advancing its operating strategy for plug-in hybrid models. If cities establish environmental zones for emissions-free driving only, these can be automatically detected in future by means of geo-fencing technology. On entering the zone, the vehicle then automatically switches to purely electric mode. This means that optimum use of the potential offered by plug-in hybrid vehicles is guaranteed – without the driver having to take any special action. This novel operating strategy constitutes a significant additional boost in terms of the potential of plug-in hybrid vehicles to reduce emissions. The increase in the distance covered electrically not only helps optimise efficiency, it also reduces operating costs for the customer. This applies particularly to city traffic, where electric power consistently achieves a higher level of efficiency than a petrol or diesel engine.
The function BMW eDrive Zones will be a standard feature in BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles as of 2020.
Collect and redeem electric bonus points with BMW Points.
As a supplement to the BMW eDrive Zone function, the BMW Group is further stimulating an increase in electric driving among its plug-in hybrid customers by means of a novel digital service called BMW Points. The BMW Points app offers a fun source of motivation for PHEV customers to get the most out of their electric drive. Kilometres covered using electric power are rewarded with points. High-voltage battery charging is also rewarded under the BMW Points scheme. In this way, drivers are encouraged to give preference to electric drive as often as possible – not just based on environmental awareness but also out of a sense of competitiveness. By collecting a sufficient number of points, participants can gain access to attractive rewards such as free charging volumes on Charge Now; in the medium term, this will also include products of the Share Now and Park Now brands as well as those available in the Connected Drive Store.
The digital service BMW Points will be available for BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles with eDrive Zone technology via the BMW Connected Drive Store from 2020.
Ground-breaking insights for eDrive Zones and BMW Points derived from pilot project in Rotterdam.
The first real-life trial after the brainstorming phase for the new BMW eDrive Zones function and the digital service BMW Points was the pilot project “Electric City Drive” conducted by the BMW Group in collaboration with the city of Rotterdam and Erasmus University, which is located there.
Studies were carried out there in 2018 to examine whether it might be possible to encourage electric driving of plug-in hybrid vehicles by defining an inner city zone and offering an app that encourages regular charging in a fun way. The aim was to get users to make more frequent use of the electromobility potential offered by their vehicle.
Some 50 volunteer plug-in hybrid drivers from the Rotterdam area were provided with a specially developed app for this purpose. Once they had installed it on their smartphone and paired it with their vehicle, they received a message on their vehicle screen whenever they entered the defined eDrive Zone in the city centre of Rotterdam – along with a request to switch the drive system of their plug-in hybrid into fully electric mode. Over a period of three months, research was carried out to establish the extent to which project participants increased their volume of electrically powered driving as a result of receiving such messages.
A beta version of the BMW Points App also enabled them to monitor their progress as compared to other participants, take part in competitions and collect points. The key insight was that PHEV drivers covered 90 percent of all routes inside the Rotterdam eDrive Zone running on electric power alone when they had the app connected to the vehicle. It was the technology used in the pilot project that inspired the further development of BMW eDrive Zone and BMW Points. The two innovations are now soon to be introduced to BMW serial production vehicles.
BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles have long offered considerable benefits as compared to those with traditional drive:
·Improved quality of living: by manually activating the electric driving mode, users contribute to reducing emissions and traffic noise in cities.
·Savings: electrically powered driving in the city costs less than running a car on petrol or diesel if the vehicle is charged at home or at work.
·Always the right temperature when you get in: auxiliary heating and air conditioning come as standard.
·Braking is a benefit: the battery is charged when the brakes are applied. In conventional cars, it simply generates heat and wears down the brakes.
·The best of both worlds: plug-hybrid cars offer electrical driving pleasure in town and classic BMW driving pleasure over long distances.
·Future-proof: since plug-in hybrids are able to run emissions-free, they can enable access to many environmental zones, parking privileges and savings on toll fees.