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With a GoPro IPO on the horizon, it's safe to say that what started as something that extreme sports fanatics took advantage of is about to becoming a mainstream hit. In a lot of ways, the tiny action camera already is. Now, the BMW Group's Technology Office has partnered with GoPro to build the first-ever in-car integration between GoPro and an automobile. Cars equipped with BMW Apps or Mini Connected platforms will be able to configure and control a GoPro. Starting in July 2014, the integration will be functional on all model year 2012 and later BMW Group vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, when used with a Wi-Fi-equipped GoPro camera. The two have worked hard to curb... Read more...
Tesla and it’s fervent visionary founder, Elon Musk, made a bold move this week by open sourcing its patents in hopes of jumpstarting the electric car industry. It’s a calculated move that wagers that Tesla can make the best electric cars even while allowing other companies to use its innovative technology all while taking away a chunk of the gas-powered car market. As part of its push to promote electric cars, Tesla also met with BMW this week to both promote electric cars and discuss how to better use Tesla’s charging stations. No other details of the talks were revealed, but a BMW spokesperson told Reuters that “Both companies are strongly committed to the success of... Read more...
There are killer chassis and then there are killer chassis, and Thermaltake’s special edition Level 10 Gaming Station is a thing to behold. The unique construction coupled with the fact that it’s made from titanium makes this case a jaw-dropper, but if you want one, you’ll have to be quick--Thermaltake is only making 500 of these babies. The black and silver look is stunning, and Thermaltake says that the titanium construction “not only expresses the quality of durability, light weight, dent- and corrosion resistance, it is also the perfect representation of being able to deliver the passion for visual aesthetics that derived from demanding immersive game play and multimedia... Read more...
BMW's ConnectedDrive system has been one of the more cutting-edge options in the luxury car market, and for those holding out for a 2014 year model, there's even more to look forward to in terms of infotainment. The automaker has announced a major refresh for 2014 model vehicles, including an upgraded iDrive system, SIM card integration into the vehicle for data access, and BMW Assist being standard in nearly all 2014 models including 10 years of eCall with enhanced Automatic Collision Notification and BMW Teleservice. Internet access will also be an option, while enhanced voice command options will allow Siri Eyes Free and Samsung's S-Voice to be recognized. More apps will be supported as well,... Read more...
It's a wild, wild world we're living in. These days, cars don't just get you places -- they offer a place for your gadgets to feel cradled. Toyota recently announced that the 2013 Avalon Limited would have a wireless Qi charging station in the console, and now BMW is going a step above on its own with built-in LTE technology. Automotive 3G hotspots have been around, but they've been wildly expensive and pretty tough to find in terms of factory integration. But BMW's new Car Hotspot LTE will be able to snap right into the console of BMW Connected automobiles. All that is required apart from the BMW Car Hotspot LTE is an LTE-capable SIM card, which is simply inserted into the hotspot. It can then... Read more...
With all of the advances made to vehicle technology in recent years, it'd be easy to assume that security has never been better. A video showing security footage released to the Web a couple of months ago proves otherwise, however, as thieves managed to approach a BMW one minute, and drive off with it moments later - all without having the original key. Unfortunately, that wasn't a one-off event. With reports of BMW thefts increasing in certain areas around the UK, BBC's Watchdog looked into the matter and discovered things that could make any Bimmer owner cringe. Not only is it possible to steal a current BMW within 3 minutes, the device used to pull it off is available online for anyone to... Read more...
Remember that BMW-inspired gaming tower from a while back? Hopefully you've still got yours, because a new accessory has cropped up to complete the pairing. BMW and Thermaltake have joined forces in order to provide the Level 10 M gaming mouse, which might be the most insane looking mousing device this side of a Razer Naga. It's a lightweight, finely tuned piece of machinery, and there are plenty of open spaces to peek around at the particulars. It's divided into lower and top part which seems to float over the base, and the steering element of the mouse can be adjusted in regards to height and angle. It also packs a solid aluminum base, air-through ventilation system, and a software inclusion... Read more...
Thermaltake and BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA are no strangers to each other. They've been working on concept projects for the past several years, and the two have teamed up once again to unveil a line of Level 10 gaming peripherals starting with the 'Level 10 M Mouse' for gamers. It's as funky looking as Thermaltake's Level 10 case and just as likely to turn heads at LAN parties. As weird as it might look, the Level 10 M Mouse is built with ergonomics in mind. It has a solid aluminum base "to ensure both durability and tenaciousness," and is built with an open design with an air-through ventilation system to prevent "issues due to heavy use and direct touch of gaming equipment." There's... Read more...
BMW has announced that it is working on a left-turn / u-turn assistant to assist in ensuring that drivers of their cars aren't going to hit oncoming cars while making a left or u-turn. Collisions caused by drivers making left turns are a major cause of accidents and motorcycle fatalities. The left-turn assistant will work at speeds up to 10 km/h (or about 6.2 MPH). Once it recognizes a left turn or u-turn, it will use three laser scanners and a camera to detect oncoming traffic as far as 328 feet (100m) away. If it detects oncoming traffic, an automated braking system will engage. At the same time, the driver will be alerted by a warning sound and warning symbols in the instrument cluster and... Read more...
There's no question that Ford and Chevy have been hitting on all cylinders of late when it comes to integrating technology into their vehicles, but BMW is largely credited with starting that trend. It was among the first automakers to fully integrate the iPod into the in-car experience, and they have slowly but surely innovated beyond that in recent years. Recently, the company launched BMW Connected and MINI Connected, and now -- for the first time -- they're offering select iPhone applications for integrated use in a BMW. The new option is designed to improve the integration of the Apple iPhone in the car and will be available from spring 2011 to coincide with the launch of the new BMW 1 Series... Read more...
While Garmin's definitely most famous for its nuvi line of in-car navigation devices, the company has lately begun to branch out somewhat. It makes sense, really--with so many factory cars arriving with NAV built in, Garmin better start looking elsewhere for a steady stream of revenue. To that end, the company is teaming up with automotive powerhouse BMW in order to debut the Motorrad Navigator IV.The motorcycle-friendly GPS navigator is based around Garmin's own zumo 660, and it's said to take the best of Garmin’s navigation technology and add exclusive, BMW specific features such as a customized mount, preloaded BMW dealer database, unique audio and Bluetooth handling capabilities, and more.... Read more...
We may not have cars that drive themselves yet, but BMW is working on a navigation system that can learn your driving habits and improve the efficiency of the car. The BMW system is called ILENA, which stands for Intelligent Learning Navigation. The system records data during your typical daily commute to learn your route, road gradients, curves, and breaking points. The system also uses a camera to get a view of your path. Say your everyday commute involves a quick acceleration from 0-50 to merge onto a freeway, for example. After the system learns your path, the system could proactively reduce the power to your AC system in order to give you more power to merge onto the freeway, BMW claims.... Read more...
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