BMW offering semi-autonomous driving

Level 3 highly automated driving, which allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel and temporarily divert their attention away from the road, will soon be available in the new BMW 7 Series. The car company’s Personal Pilot L3 is the name of the new function that relieves the person at the wheel […]

BMW committing to build electric Mini in Oxford

BMW is to build thousands of electric Mini vehicles at its Cowley plant in Oxford after securing funding from the taxpayer. Various media outlets report the announcement will come after funding £75 million of funding from the government’s Automotive Transformation Fund was confirmed. BMW is understood to be spending around £600 million upgrading its site. […]

BMW launches “iFace” face and eye recognition anti-theft system for motorbikes

BMW has announced its Motorrad brand is now the first motorcycle manufacturer in the world to meet the challenge of bike theft with BMW iFace – a face recognition system that makes the previous ignition key superfluous and complements the existing Keyless Go technology. BMW iFace was developed in cooperation with Professor Gerhard Lesjöh, head of the world’s […]

Parkopedia powers new BMW in-vehicle parking payments feature

A new BMW parking payments feature, which utilises Parkopedia’s award-winning In-vehicle Payment Platform to enable seamless parking payment experiences for BMW drivers with a BMW Operating System 7 and 8, is now available in Germany and Austria. The service allows drivers to conveniently find and pay for parking from the comfort of their vehicles, via […]

BMW and AWS collaborate on connected car solutions

BMW Group and Amazon Web Services have agreed a strategic collaboration that they say will see the companies develop innovative cloud technologies together with the aim of harnessing the data potential of future vehicle generations to maximum effect. The two companies are also cooperating to develop commercial off-the-shelf cloud solutions for securely managing vehicle data, […]

BWM uses connected vehicle tech to charge for hardware use

BMW has started selling subscriptions for a number of its in-car features, such as heated seats and automatic headlight beam management, using over-the-air technology to permit drivers to pay for the products. The Verge has spotted this, saying it’s the latest example of the company’s adoption of microtransactions for high-end car features. A monthly subscription […]

BMW and MINI build new location services with HERE

The BMW Group has been building companion mobile applications for its entire fleet of BMW and MINI vehicles that integrate advanced location services from mapping company HERE. The Group is now utilising the latest 4.x HERE SDK (software development kit), which act as universal interfaces with the car, providing information on the vehicle’s status at […]

BMW,Daimler and bp team up to accelerate electrification growth

BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG have added bp to partners working on their drive to extend and significantly improve electrification, making electric vehicle charging more convenient, simpler and seamless for drivers. Under their agreement, bp will become a 33.3% partner alongside BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS), one […]

BMW launches world-first eDrive zones in London and Birmingham

BMW has introduced a system to automatically switch hybrid cars to electric-only when they enter a defined low emission zone in a city. Initially covering the same geographic area as the TfL Congestion Charge/ULEZ zone and Birmingham’s planned Clean Air Zone, works by using geo-fencing via GPS within the vehicle’s navigation system. The service, which […]

BMW ups connected vehicle capabilities

BMW’s announced it’s releasing what calls “its most comprehensive vehicle software upgrade to date” this month, promising new and improved features for vehicle connectivity and navigation. The carmaker says these features will be included straight-from-the-factory with every BMW vehicle that has Operating System 7, such as the new BMW 5 Series while compatible BMW vehicles […]


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