Before BMW’s driving assistance systems become reality in the various models, they have to be tested. With the dynamic driving simulator experts can create virtual situations in daily life to check the functionality of these systems. This high-tech testing is necessary to guarantee the passenger´s safety on the road.
BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) are pursuing their successful strategic long-term cooperation in the field of sustainable mobility today by signing binding agreements aimed at long-term collaboration between the two companies for the joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a sports vehicle, and joint research and development of lightweight technologies. These agreements follow a memorandum of understanding signed in June 2012.
Furthermore, BMW Group and TMC also today signed a binding agreement to commence collaborative research … CONTINUED
Toyota Motor Corp. is nearing a final agreement to license its fuel-cell vehicle technology to BMW AG, the Nikkei reported today.
Under the agreement, to be made official as early as Thursday, Toyota will provide the world’s largest premium carmaker with drivetrain and hydrogen storage technology, the business daily said.
BMW will use the technology to build a prototype vehicle by 2015, with plans for a market release around 2020, the Nikkei said.
The two automakers have been expanding their r&d ties over the last year. In December … CONTINUED
BMW received some jeers over the implementation of “Active Sound” technology in the F10 M5, where the car reproduces and boosts and the car’s engine sound electronically via the in-car audio system.
And the same technology may now be in use in the M135i (and possibly other models as well). The M135i actually sounds great inside the passenger cabin, but a BIMMERPOST site member recently conducted a test on his M135i by unplugging the sound symposer device, which led to the loss of … CONTINUED
The newly launched BMW Car Hotspot LTE is now bringing LTE high-speed mobile internet access to the road. Just like a router in the home, the BMW Car Hotspot LTE provides internet access for mobile client devices. Passengers can enjoy high-speed internet surfing on as many as eight different mobile devices simultaneously. Using the new LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless technology, the BMW Car Hotspot LTE takes the mobile internet experience to a whole new level. “The very fast bit rates and extremely low latency … CONTINUED
The BMW Group and Boeing signed a collaboration agreement to participate in joint research for carbon fiber recycling as well as share manufacturing knowledge and explore automation opportunities.
Both the BMW Group and Boeing are pioneering the use of carbon fiber in their products. With the release of the BMW i3 in late 2013, followed later by the BMW i8, the BMW Group will bring two vehicles with a carbon passenger cell onto the market for the first time and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is made up … CONTINUED
This BMW video provides a primer on the BMW i3 Concept Coupe.
This video demonstrates the Adaptive High Beam Assistant in the 2012 BMW 328i.
Currently, only the F30 and F01/F02 (7 Series) LCI (facelift) possess this new High Beam Assistant where the system is variable, and not just “ON/OFF”.
In the first of the 3 clips in this video, both left and right headlights are used for high beam as if you have manually pushed the stalk. The second and third clip show motorway driving and this is where High Beam Assist becomes more variable. At most … CONTINUED
The L.A. Autoshow is not just the place to inspect new models of automotive companies. For the 9th time, it is also the place where the design teams of the top automotive companies enter a creative competition of the most exciting kind when presenting visionary concepts around the topic of individual mobility. In 2012 the challenge for the design teams was to create the ultimate 2025 highway patrol vehicle. The solution delivered by BMW subsidiary DesignworksUSA demonstrates that BMW´s design think tank has more to … CONTINUED
The BMW Group and Local Motors announce the winners of their first collaborative design and development project – the Urban Driving Experience Challenge. The challenge asked the Local Motors community of nearly 30,000 designers, engineers, fabricators and enthusiasts to define the future premium vehicle features and functions that will define the urban driving experience in the year 2025. The three-week competition was held on the Forge at LocalMotors.com from September 25 thru October 16, 2012. By the end of the challenge period, nearly 3,500 individual … CONTINUED
BMW is putting huge effort in launching a revolutionary, new “three” [full technical details inside]. Before you get too excited, let’s be clear that what we are talking about is not the next generation of the quintesssential sports sedan. The “three” refers to the entry-level iteration of BMW’s new, modular engine family. In the quest to modernize its engine portfolio and achieve maximum economies of scale, Munich is launching closely related three-, four- and six-cylinder engines for diesel and gasoline applications.
There is a lot of … CONTINUED
In this video, race car driver Scott Pruett and BMW Product & Technology Communications Manager Matt Russell explain the BMW M Electronic Damper Control (EDC) system and how the Comfort, Sport and Sport+ suspension settings make a difference in the F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6.
Although the M5 and M6 use an M tuned version of the BMW EDC, here is a general summary of EDC technology from BMW:
Electronic Damper Control (EDC) automatically or manually adjusts each damper to suit the driving conditions meaning you enjoy … CONTINUED
Two new humorous BMW commercials for Head-Up Display and Real Time Traffic Information.
You can review the convenience, infotainment and safety features of BMW ConnectedDrive at http://www.BMW.com/ConnectedDrive.
The Rimac e-M3 has now been acknowledged as the fastest accelerating electrical vehicle (EV). Its record breaking run, which happened in April 2011, has now been confirmed and acknowledged by the FIA. The electric E30 M3 covered the first eighth of a mile in 7.549 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.808 seconds).
A full mile was completed in 35.347, which is still pending the FIA nod. The driver (and owner of the Rimac tuning company) Mate Rimac is already working on … CONTINUED
Apple recently introduced the new iPhone 5. There are three key differences between it and earlier iPhone models that affect its integration in BMW vehicles. First, the physical dimensions of the body of the new phone are thinner and longer compared to the iPhone 4/4S. Second, the iPhone uses a new 8-pin connector in place of the traditional 30-pin connector used on all other iPhone variants as well as iPod touch and iPod nano. The third is the elimination of the analog video signal.
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Here’s an idea for those who have the new iPhone 5, looking for a cradle solution, and cannot wait until BMW releases its snap-in adapter next year… make your own!
Here is a DIY by a BIMMERPOST showing how he managed to fabricate his own iPhone 5 cradle for the BMW center console using a base plate of the original cradle adapter and the Apple USB to lightning cable, he’s managed to come up with a solution that holds his phone and provides all features except iPod … CONTINUED
Apple recently released its iPhone 5 and with it came a change to its connector from the previous 30-pin to the new 8-pin ‘Lightning’ connector.
This change unfortunately means that the new iPhone will no longer work with BMW’s current iPhone snap-in-adapters. So when can we expect the the new adapters for the iPhone 5 from BMW?
We’ve learned that BMW has already started work on the snap-in-adapters for the newest iPhone. The changes however, are said to be quite complex (due to the new connector) and development … CONTINUED
A year ago, BMW announced its involvement in the development of “Car-to-x” communications technology which will allow future allow drivers to “see” long distances ahead, into areas currently hidden from view, and even around not just one but many corners.
Car-to-x communication entails electronic networking of vehicles and roadside infrastructure, with the aim of exchanging information directly both between road users and between road users and roadside infrastructure (such as traffic lights, traffic signs, bridges, tolls and even dangerous roads). Car-to-x communication is a comprehensive communication network … CONTINUED