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.
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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
Your navigation app may show you the fastest or most fuel-efficient way to get where you are going, but does it show you the most fun route?
BMW's Ultimate Drive app for Android and iPhone lets users search for, create, and share their favorite drive routes. The navigation app is less about how to get where you're going, and more like a travel guide for Sunday drives.
Using the free app, you can search for routes by location or sort them by length, newness, and user rating. As of today, there are a handful of submitted drive stretches for each location I searched. That may be because the app is only a day old, but it could also be because it's a little difficult to enter routes.
The app lets users create their own drives using Google Maps, but at least in the iPhone app, it doesn't have the benefit of letting users manually enter addresses or drag around route guides. You have to visually place the starting point, waypoints, and end point.
If you need to enter granular driving directions, which many secret stashes require, the app could get tedious. But once a stretch has been submitted, you can add comments, share the route via e-mail or Facebook, or send it to your GPS device. In the app, other users are free to add their comments and rate the route on traffic, scenic quality, fun, and amount of twisties. … Read more
When BMW announced the M version of its 1 Series last year, we were skeptical. From the specs, the car seemed too close in performance to the already excellent 135i. Now we've had a chance to test the 1 M Coupe and, well, it didn't change our opinion much.
The 1 M Coupe boasts only 35 more horsepower than the 135i. While launching the 1 M Coupe gives an exciting rush as the speedometer climbs to 60 mph, the adrenaline levels reached in the 135i are not that much different.
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BMW added text-to-speech capability in its latest update of the BMW Connected iPhone app. The new release adds a play button to the iDrive system that will read Twitter and Facebook status updates to you while you're in the car.
When an iPhone equipped with the BMW Connected app is connected to the vehicle's mobile-phone docking station, drivers can use the iDrive controller to play new Twitter and Facebook messages.
I haven't had the chance to test this new feature, and don't know how the text-to-speech capability will treat abbreviations or what it will do with hashtags in Twitter. But if you must stay up to date with your tweets, it's probably better, or at least safer, than reading them on your mobile phone at stoplights.
BMW also added iPhone Calendar integration that will let you view appointments for the day, week, or month and read them out loud. … Read more
The EPA doubles fuel economy by 2025, BMW shows off an electric car, Nissan complains about an electric car review, and drivers think about stopping.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 227 SHOW NOTES