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The BMW Group has extended its premium car sharing program DriveNow to the US. DriveNow launched in San Francisco with 70 BMW ActiveE electric vehicles. The innovative mobile parking solution, ParkNow, will debut in the Californian city in September.

Here is a video detailing the DriveNow and ParkNow programs.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will be upping its crash test standards for 2013 and the new standards have proven challenging for the nearly one dozen 2012 entry-level luxury sedans the agency tested, so far.

Only the Volvo S60 and the Acura TL earned top marks. The Infiniti G received an acceptable rating, while the BMW 3 Series (F30), Acura TSX, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC all earned a marginal grade. The Audi A4, Lexus ES, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranked … CONTINUED

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As a luxury car maker, BMW places heavy emphasis on the comfort technologies in its cars. Since the fifties, BMW engineers have worked to make driving each new BMW model more comfortable and an easier experience than before. Watch the evolution of comfort technologies in BMW automobiles in the video inside.

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Beginning today, drivers of BMW models equipped with BMW Apps and MINI drivers with MINI Connected can enjoy a fully-integrated Stitcher SmartRadio™ app experience in the vehicle. Stitcher SmartRadio is the mobile leader in on-demand news, entertainment, sports and talk radio, delivering over 10,000 radio shows and live stations to customers around the globe.

BMW and MINI drivers can create a personal talk radio station experience with fresh, up-to-the-minute episodes of news, entertainment, sports, talk and live radio programs streamed directly to the vehicle’s infotainment system via … CONTINUED

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The My BMW Remote app is now available for smartphones running the Android operating system, too. The application can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store (Android Market), and offers all the same functionalities as the iPhone version first brought out in autumn 2010.

My BMW Remote allows users to operate all manner of functions in their BMW from outside the vehicle, without even having to be nearby:

“Remote Door Lock & Unlock” allows the car to be locked and unlocked from … CONTINUED

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BMW has released an update to the BMW Connected app for iPhones and vehicles that support BMW Apps.

This is a run down the new changes:

ECO PRO Analyser (only in conjunction with the new Professional generation of navigation systems, available in selected models from July 2012):
This driving style analyser evaluates the efficiency of acceleration, braking, and gear shifting for the maximum range. Driving style efficiency is enhanced in addition with helpful ECO tips

Wiki Local (now also available outside of the vehicle):
Wiki Local is the ideal … CONTINUED

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See the many recently announced BMW ConnectedDrive features in action. The videos below are from an online press conference, showing and explaining the new BMW Navigation Professional, iDrive Touch, Voice Dictation, LTE Wifi and 3rd Party Smartphone Apps. Also see the links directly inside for more information on each.

BMW Navigation Pro video

idrive touchpad

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With the official announcement from BMW of the New Navigation Professional and iDrive/ConnectedDrive, many of you have inquired when the technology (both a software and hardware [cpu, graphics processor, hard drive] upgrade) would be implemented on the various models.

Below is the scheduled rollout for the new navigation and iDrive. These dates do not apply to the new iDrive Touch system, which will have a separate rollout and application schedule.

[b]]July 2012 Production:[/b]

3 Series touring and Activehybrid 3 (F31/F30h)
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BMW ConnectedDrive has been setting the pace in the field of automotive connectivity for many years now, and is renowned for forward-looking in-car concepts and technologies that maximise customer benefit. The new functions mark another milestone in the BMW ConnectedDrive success story and once again demonstrate how the BMW Group is striving to retain its status as the leading innovator in this area.

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Just a bit over 15 months after announcing their joint venture (BMW Peugeot Citroën Electrification (BPCE)) on developing hybrid and electric vehicle technologies, BMW and Citroen are in talks to break up the partnership, reports Bloomberg News.

BMW spokeswoman Micaela Sandstede told Bloomberg News that BMW is looking to take over the operations of the BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification partnership.

“Whether that means the joint venture’s employees move to BMW is undecided,” she said. “We are still in discussions with PSA over the dismantling of the joint venture.”

The … CONTINUED