More signs that the era of the personal automobile may be slowly coming to an end: BMW is launching an interesting new car-sharing system in Munich next month, with plans to bring it worldwide.
Called DriveNow, the system will use about 300 cars—both Mini Coopers and BMW 1-Series models. After registering for the system for a one-time payment of €29 (about $41 at the moment), you can look up cars in your area, reserve a free one, unlock it electronically, drive it anywhere within the service boundaries, and drop it off wherever it's convenient. For each ride you simply pay 29 cents per minute, up to €14.90 (about $21) per hour (you pay no extra for gas).
We all know mass transit is the greener way to travel. But it probably never occurred to most of us that those subway cars might be just as messy to manufacture (and dispose of) as the automobiles we're abandoning. The new Siemens Inspiro system, designed by BMW DesignworksUSA, hopes to revolutionize rail systems by developing a more sustainable subway car that's a mind-boggling 97.5 percent recyclable.