The electric BMW i3 city vehicle will be launched later this year (Photo: BMW)

BMW has teamed up with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to conduct research on future transportation technologies. The collaboration will focus on advanced battery materials for electric vehicles, human machine interfaces and mobility patterns and concepts.

BMW and NTU said in a press release that their joint research, which will be conducted in a new Future Mobility Research Lab in Singapore, will target the Asian market in particular.

BMW has established several research labs with universities, including with the Technical University of Munich, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. Singapore is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

Joint research projects in Singapore will take place as planners project that more than 70 pc of the world population will live in megacities by 2070. That makes a compact island city such as Singapore an ideal testing ground for new mobility concepts. "Singapore offers the setting of a highly-dense, urbanized megacity," said BMW senior vice president Kay Segler.

NTU President Bertil Andersson said he was confident the collaboration with BMW "will result in important discoveries in sustainable mobility and future motoring."