TodayApril 16, 2022

Stefan Durach, BMW 750 technology

According to BMW, there has been a skunkworks program in Palo Alto for ten years.

When a small handful of engineers moved into an office building in Palo Alto, California, in 1998, no one knew exactly what their tasks would be.

Their brief was broad: to be creative, to work independently, and to be open to all kinds of influences beyond the realm of automotive engineering. They were to seek inspiration in the highly innovative environment of Silicon Valley and to find answers to questions that no one in Germany had even started asking yet. Currently, their efforts are focused on technology for the U.S. market.

Stephan Durach heads the BMW Group Technology Office in Palo Alto. Originally from Munich, Durach previously worked at the Groups Innovation and Research Center (FIZ.

Here is Durach, talking about the technology in the new 2009 BMW 750.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.