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BMW was one of the first carmakers to understand the importance of connectivity between cars, drivers and their surroundings, and with BMW ConnectedDrive it has gone on to become a world leader in this field. At the same time, the company is further expanding its position as a premium mobility provider, with intelligent services and applications like ChargeNow, ParkNow or intermodal navigation. Now, with the Dynamic Parking Prediction research project, the BMW Group is demonstrating a solution that will in future be able to … CONTINUED

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Harman Industrial Industries Inc., a supplier of infotainment, audio and software services, said it has completed the $156 million acquisition of Bang & Olufsen Automotive, a Danish supplier of audio products to luxury automakers.

Harman announced the deal in March. At the time, the U.S. company said it would pay 145 million euros ($156 million) for the unit as well as technology license fees, Bloomberg reported.

Bang & Olufsen Automotive supplies audio and infotainment products to major luxury automakers including Audi, Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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BMW of North America is pleased to announce that the My BMW ConnectedDrive portal has gone live. Personalizing your ConnectedDrive Services has never been this easy and accessible from anywhere, as long as there is an internet connection.

The My BMW ConnectedDrive portal and the ConnectedDrive Store1 are available by visiting www.bmwusa.com/mybmwconnecteddrive. Customers with active BMW Assist™ accounts can log in to this portal and personalize their ConnectedDrive experience. New customers to BMW Assist™ and ConnectedDrive can create accounts in order to manage associated vehicles … CONTINUED

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MINI showed off a new concept for a pair of augmented reality glasses. Among its many concept-y features was one interesting one. The goggles will actually let you see through the car. Kinda neat.

This tech was shown off my Jaguar earlier in the year as well, so it does seem like something quite a few people are looking into. If it comes to fruition, seems like a no-brainer for BMW as well.

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Details, install notes, and review of the BMW Head Up Display Screen (HUD) accessory retrofit.

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BMW Group today announced that iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, is now available to BMW and MINI drivers, providing easy access to their favorite Live and Custom iHeartRadio stations and podcasts directly from BMW ConnectedDrive and MINI Connected services. Demos of the iHeartRadio integration are available Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 on the BMW Stand at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

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Want to retrofit Active Sound Design (ASD)? This is how.

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Earlier yesterday, Apple has reintroduced to the public the Apple Watch. Going on sale on April 24. During the event, Apple placed an emphasis on the apps for the Apple Watch which aim to both improve our life quality and drive sales to the company. BMW was also briefly featured during the event with the BMW i Remote App. The popular app for the new BMW i3 and i8 is available today on the iPhone, but it will soon transition to the Apple … CONTINUED

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BMW has gone on the record in denying a report from Auto Motor und Sport that BMW is developing a car for Apple. AMS claimed that Apple and BMW were in talks regarding the possibility of developing an electric car based on the BMW i3, in connection with recent rumors that Apple has plans to bring its own car to market by 2020.

Reuters has since reported, however, that BMW denied this:

German carmaker BMW said on Thursday its talks with technology giant Apple did not … CONTINUED

Drift challenge: man versus BMW

03/03/2015 at 6:00 AM
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The ultimate drift challenge: man vs. machine. A self-drifting car vs. a drift champion.

Some recent M2 prototype sightings

02/24/2015 at 5:50 PM
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We’ve spotted the M2 prototype on the road on a couple of occasions. Here’s what we saw.

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Great guide to wireless adapters for your OBD2 port, allowing for wireless diagnostics and monitoring of your BMW.

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The 2015 season marks the 17th season of BMW M as “Official Car of MotoGP”. Ever since 1999, MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports has been able to rely on a dependable partner in the form of BMW M when it comes to ensuring the highest possible degree of safety at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. This successful partnership has grown consistently over the years. Last autumn, Dorna Sports and BMW M Division extended their cooperation up to and including 2020. This means we will be … CONTINUED

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BMW shows off its OLED and laser light technologies in this official video of the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights from the 2015 CES show.

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BMW Group ConnectedDrive increases data security. Rapid response to reports from the German Automobile Association ADAC.

As the leading manufacturer in the networking of driver, vehicle and the surrounding environment, the BMW Group is increasing the security of data transmission in its vehicles. This is the company’s response to reports from the German Automobile Association (ADAC). The motorist’s association had identified a potential security gap when data is transmitted. The BMW Group has already closed this gap with a new configuration.

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An interesting piece from ft.com highlights how BMW is sounding a bit of an alarm about connected car data. The data itself is not bad, but they are noting that there is pressure from advertising companies and silicon valley tech companies to get their hands on that data.

Ian Robertson, BMW board member, is quoted as saying “There’s plenty of people out there saying: give us all the data you’ve got and we can tell you what we can do with it” … “And we’re … CONTINUED