TomTom embraces apps, the ultimate driving machine drives itself, an electric car sets a Nurburgring record, and we make fun of a Ferrari 456 Italia.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 231 SHOW NOTES
It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie, or Dr. Evil demanding "sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads," but BMW is actually developing lasers for use in headlights. The company sees lasers as the next step after LED headlights.
BMW says the key advantage to lasers are their efficiency. Where LEDs generate 100 lumens per watt, lasers generate 170 lumens per watt. When used in an electric car, laser headlights would draw less energy from the battery.
To make lasers safe for use in headlights, BMW filters the lights through a fluorescent phosphor … Read more
BMW will be supplying the engines for Fisker's next car.
Fisker Automotive announced today that it's contracted with BMW to supply engines, and a few other components, for its "Project Nina" vehicle.
BMW has committed to build "up to 100,000" turbocharged four-cylinder engines for the car per year.
The yet-to-be-officially-named model is expected to begin selling in the U.S. in 2013, going into production at a former GM plant in Delaware in 2012.
"Project Nina" is the follow-up plug-in hybrid sedan to the company's Fisker Karma four-door plug-in hybrid … Read more
Most BMW owners consider it a sacrilege to let someone else drive their cars, let alone take the driver out of the equation entirely. After all, the reason you buy a BMW in the first place is because you like to drive. But BMW is testing an autonomous 5-series that doesn't need a human pilot for anything except to start the car.
Researchers on BMW's Highly Automated Driving project have clocked more than 2,700 miles in a self-driving BMW 5-series sedan in Germany. The vehicle is equipped with advanced decision-making software, GPS, maps, cameras, and sensors that … Read more
Ford and Toyota team on car tech, Audi announces plug ins & hybrids, In-car internet radio explodes, and we take you - but just one of you - for a ride in the Scion iQ.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 230 SHOW NOTES
BMW announced that it plans to integrate the MOG on-demand streaming music app in its vehicles. When integrated, occupants will be able to control the MOG app on their iPhone using the vehicle's iDrive controls. Stations, playlists, artist and song information, and search tools will be visible and accessible on the vehicle's in-dash display.
The latest app integration will be beta-tested during the upcoming launch of the 6 Series BMW Coupe. BMW already integrates Pandora, TuneIn Web radio, Twitter, and Facebook in the vehicle using its Connected app. Mog is already integrated with Mini vehicles.
The benefit of … Read more
There are all sorts of cool things that you can do with the wide array of cabin technologies available in cars today. You can make calls, search for destinations, and even remotely control certain aspects of your vehicle via a smartphone, but could you use your car's cabin technology to rip off a jewelry store?
BMW seems to think that you can and goes as far as to put together a video detailing how to do it in just 10 easy steps using its ConnectedDrive suite of conceptual cabin tech. The video also features the automaker's Vison ConnectedDrive … Read more
We've mentioned earlier that BMW would have a role in updating the Bay Area Rapid Transit (or BART, as it's known locally), the commuter rail system that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, we have a preview video that gives us an idea of what that refresh will look like.
On the outside, the trains don't look radically different from what you'd expect to see from a commuter train. They're all basically metal boxes that hold people. New external LCDs show the train's destination and the doors get yellow illuminated trim that serves … Read more
BMW announced a few months ago that it was developing technology to make left turns safer. Recently, the auto manufacturer released a video demonstrating this technology in action, along with several other videos that show other uses for its next-generation Car-to-X Communication technology, including working with traffic infrastructure and sending information between vehicles.
Left-Turn Assistant By using vehicle-mounted cameras and GPS, the Car-to-X technology can determine if a driver is about to make a left turn and activate a system of warning lights.
Intersection Assistant The intersection assistant notifies the driver using visual warnings on a heads-up display to notify … Read more
Ford EV's will run on solar...sort of. Harman Kardon blends home tech and car tech. Andy Rooney could live without all of it. And we drive the Mini Cooper Clubman and its connected app.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 228 SHOW NOTES