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White Roof Radio #526

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, Podcast, Technology Oct 8th, 2014 1 Comment

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At long last our interview with Glympse’s Partner Product Manager, James Stanton is available! James was kind enough to give us some of his precious time to discuss a number of topics, including: the various ways people use the app, the process of working with MINI on the MINI Connected integration, and upcoming features (i.e. a Glympse keyboard! How rad is that?!).

As a reminder, the app is free and you can find it on the App Store, on Google Play and on the Windows Phone Store. Again, we are fan of the app so don’t hesitate to give it a try. You’ll like it too.

Also note that this week’s show has been edited. We were going to talk about the “surprising” EPA ratings of the F56, but we are holding off on that, for now, waiting for some more information and clarifications from MINI USA and the EPA. Stay tuned!

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How to Listen to White Roof Radio

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast, Technology Sep 26th, 2014 No Comments

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Right after the end for MTTS 2014, db and Todd ask me if I’d like to hang out with them on White Roof Radio, and for someone who’s listened to every single episode since the end of 2007, I was really honored and humbled to have received such an invitation. I obviously could not turn it down.

White Roof Radio entered its tenth year of existence last August and we hope that many more will follow. During that time, we’ve seen the podcast evolve in content and size from a three-guest show (i.e. db, Todd, Gabe), to a four-guest show (i.e addition of Mike B.), to a larger team of co-hosts (i.e. addition of Chad, Nathaniel and myself) trading places on a weekly basis.

But through all these years one thing remained consistent and that is our dedicated audience. This audience consistently propels us to the top five/ten most listened automotive podcasts on iTunes – which is mind boggling – and it continues to grow at a rapid pace. continued →

MF / WRR Interview: Glympse

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, Podcast, Technology Sep 24th, 2014 4 Comments

glympse_720 Long-time follower of White Roof Radio should remember that we used to invite contributors to the MINI Community on a regular basis. We also record exclusive conversations with MINI Executives during official events such as auto shows, press junkets or MINI Takes The States.

Next week we will kick-off our 2014-2015 interview season with James Stanton, Partner Product Manager at Glympse. continued →

Change Lane: The Uber of Oil Change

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Technology Sep 21st, 2014 4 Comments

Photo Credit: www.pandodaily.com

Photo Credit: www.pandodaily.com

Because of my job, I always need to have a pulse on what’s happening in the enterprise and consumer technology spaces. To that extent, I spend a good amount of time reading news and analyses or listening to dedicated podcasts. Actually, the real reason I do all that is because I’m a full-on nerd but that’s a topic for a different conversation.

This week, my tech news-reading obsession led me to discover Change Lane. continued →


MF (Pre)Review: Automatic

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, Reviews, Technology Sep 16th, 2014 11 Comments

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For those of you who listened to recent episodes of White Roof Radio, you probably heard that we are currently testing Automatic. This accessory acts as a smart driving assistant that communicates with a car’s on-board computer and uses a smartphone’s capabilities to provide insights and data points on how to improve your driving style. Additionally, Automatic partners with car manufacturers to have their platform integrated into infotainment systems. continued →

MINI Reveals Future of Travel at London Design Festival

MotoringFile Sections: Design, Events, MF Feature, MINI Concept Cars, Official News, Technology Aug 21st, 2014 1 Comment

MINI London Design Festival

MINI concept cars have traditionally served one of two purposes: a design exercise showcasing future brand-direction but not bound for production or a thinly veiled version of a near production vehicle. The stunning MINI Superleggera Vision unveiled at the 2014 Concours d’Elegance at Italy’s Villa d’Este and the Rocketman Concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show fall into the former category. The latter would contain the 2010 Paceman Concept and the 2009 Roadster Concept and Coupé Concept. But in a society fascinated by both transportation and dreams of the distant future, what is MINI imagining beyond the edge of the automative horizon?

The answer is the MINI Design collaboration with online magazine Dezeen “Frontiers – The Future of Mobility” which will have an exhibit at the 2014 London Design Festival. continued →


BMW & MINI’s iDrive Earns Highest Marks in Industry But Can’t Touch the iPhone

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, Technology Jul 2nd, 2014 15 Comments

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According to German market research company GfK, BMW and MINI’s iDrive system is the industries best worldwide. The automaker scored highest for user experience with Audi and Mercedes in 2nd and 3rd place. However above all was customer experience associated with Apple’s iPhone. Here’s an excerpt:

The overall user experience score for automakers’ human-machine interface (HMI) systems was 4.3 out of a possible 6.0.

By comparison, the iPhone scores well above 5.0, said Tim Bosenick, global head of user experience at German market research GfK. He presented his findings at the we.CONECT Car HMI Concepts & Systems conference in Berlin this week.

Bosenick created GfK’s user experience score. It is based on: how easy it is to learn and use the HMI system; its look and feel; and, most important, whether the user is inspired to do more and more with it. This is where the iPhone scores very high.

Read the full report at Automotive News

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