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BMW first revealed the Spyder version of the i8 plug-in hybrid way back in March 2012. While the coupe version of the i8 is now available for purchase in the United States, we’ve yet to see a production of the Spyder come to life. BMW is at CES this week with another vehicle based on the BMW i8 Concept Spyder: the i Vision Future Interaction Concept. Rather than use that big, convoluted name, I’m just going to refer to the vehicle as the i8 Spyder Concept from here on out. This new i8 Spyder Concept carries over largely the same styling theme as its predecessor, but instead ditches the doors — that’s not exactly practical for production. As we previously speculated, the... Read more...
When BMW launched its next generation 7-Series earlier this year, it packed in an incredible amount of technology including Gesture Control. Gesture control uses a 3D sensor to track your finger movements, allowing you to adjust infotainment functions and even accept or reject incoming calls. Not one to rest on its laurels, BMW is bringing a more advanced version of this “touchless” interface to CES 2016 in Las Vegas next month. The new tech, called AirTouch, allows you to control navigation, infotainment, and communications features using your whole hand. According to BMW, AirTouch “allows the display in a vehicle to be operated like a touchscreen without actually having to make contact with... Read more...
How rich is Google? The company makes so much money that it can afford to buy the alphabet! And that's what it did, albeit in the form of a domain name. Google now owns abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com, which it was able to pluck from its previous owner after BMW refused to part with alphabet.com.The domain name purchase comes just a handful of days after Google finalized the reorganization of its many businesses and projects into subsidiaries of Alphabet, a newly formed parent company led by Sundar Pichai. Under the new setup, Google can be hyper focused on its core businesses and services, such as search, Android, YouTube, apps, Maps, and ads, while ventures like Google X and Nest operate as... Read more...
It's reasonable to think that Google did its due diligence when settling on "Alphabet" as the name for its new holding company. And if so, we can also assume that Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were well aware that a not-so-little company called BMW owns the trademark for Alphabet, along with the alphabet.com domain.So why step on BMW's toes (or tires, as it were) when the company could have chosen a different name? That's a good question, and if BMW decides to sue Google, it's one that might be answered in court. Or the two sides could settle things privately, though if that's to happen, Google will have to come up with one heck of an offer.A BMW spokeswoman told The New York... Read more...
Nokia may be down, but it’s not out. The company stands to rake in $2.8 billion from a deal today in which the former cell phone behemoth is selling off its HERE mapping and location services business. Nokia first started looking for buyers in April while considering a deal with Alcatel-Lucent. Today, the move should help Nokia trim fat and build up cash in advance of the planned merger. A consortium of auto companies, including Audi, BMW and Daimler bought Nokia’s HERE mapping business. The consortium is paying $2.8 billion, but Nokia says it expects to receive in the neighborhood of $2.5 billion when all is said and done. “With this step, we complete the latest stage of Nokia’s transformation,”... Read more...
Apple might be the richest company on the planet, but it's not about to slow down on its quest for total market domination. It's constantly looking at new avenues to get into, and as we've been hearing about for a while, autos is one of them. It's hard at this point to picture a vehicle sharing the same badging as an iPhone, but as time passes, it begins to look more and more likely. In a recent report, it was revealed that Apple, including CEO Tim Cook, paid a visit to BMW at its Leipzig factory. The intent was to have modest discussions about what could be possible, but nothing was agreed-upon there. One source claims that talks could continue again in the near-future. This is a bit of a complicated... Read more...
BMW has been making some headlines in the automotive tech circuit over the past week. Earlier this week, the company revealed its brand new flagship 7-Series sedan which includes all the latest technological doodads as it does battle against Mercedes’ best-selling S-Class. Today, we revealed that BMW has partnered with Chinese internet services giant Baidu to bring a self-driving vehicle to the market by the end of 2015. And now, we’re hearing word that BMW is looking to bring a hotter version of its i8 hybrid sports car for “green” auto enthusiasts. The i8 is already a fascinating vehicle with its futuristic styling, 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and accompanying electric that makes it both... Read more...
In case you've been asleep at the wheel, it's looking like autonomous driving is going to be a huge part of our future. Tesla cares a lot about it. Even NVIDIA does. And of course, few companies have been as committed to it as Google. I'd wager that it was actually Google that first proved to the masses that autonomous driving could in fact become a reality. But is Google going to be the first out the door with a marketable car? Probably not if Baidu's latest message holds true. The Chinese-based search engine company has said that it'll make use of its partnership with BMW to release a self-driving car before the end of the year. While Baidu isn't involved in the US marketplace, it has become... Read more...
When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the current generation S-Class two years ago, it positively blew the BMW 7-Series away with regards to luxury content overall refinement. But BMW need not worry, it knew that it had a next generation 7-Series waiting in the wings and today, the company lifted the veil on its sixth generation flagship sedan and it’s quite a technical marvel. We’ve already talked about a few of the 7-Series’ technological advances, including its optional Display Key. This wireless key fob includes a color touch screen which allows you to take charge of quite a few in-vehicle functions. There’s also Gesture Control, which allows you to perform a number of commands from the driver’s seat... Read more...
It's crazy to think what kind of technologies will be commonplace in vehicles within the next 10 or 20 years. Whereas power windows, cruise control, and more recently satellite radio were all once cutting features, today's generation of car buyers may wonder how we ever got by without such amenities. Likewise, the next generation might be accustomed to new technologies BMW is putting in place, like touchscreen displays with gesture controls and key FOBs that take the stress out of parking in tight spaces. Let's start with the touch display. In the next generation of the BMW 7 Series, the iDrive operating system's monitor will come with a touch display for the very first time. It's a logical extension... Read more...
BMW is hard at work trying to end parking lot mishaps. The answer, of course, lies in sensors that will be able to detect when you're about to make a terrible mistake; like trying to squeeze in between another car and a concrete beam or backing up just a little to far as you ram into a wall. Incidents like that will ruin your day. They're also on the verge of being avoidable with BMW's ActiveAssist parking technology. It's part of a 360-degree collision avoidance system in which four advanced laser scanners record the environment and identify impediments like columns, such as the ones that exist in multi-story parking lots. "If the vehicle approaches a wall or a column too quickly, the system... Read more...
If you're a BMW enthusiast in search of a hybrid model, you have options, just not many of them. However, that's about to change. BMW this week announced that it's planning to offer plug-in hybrid versions of its core-brand models rather than restrict the more eco-friendly drivetrain to just a few variants. The first to roll off the assembly line will come from the company's 3-Series, which it will present in Miramas, France. The BMW 3-Series plug-in hybrid prototype combines a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor. It looks to be quite different from the company's ActiveHybrid 3, which sports a 3-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder engine. However, BMW left out several... Read more...
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...
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