Jan 31st, 2015
Cars are becoming more connected each day and just like with computers, smart phones and other “internet of things” connected devices it makes them targets of hackers. The 2014 – 2015 F55 and F56 feature a version of “MINI CONNECTED” that allows the BMW Group’s servers to provide live updates, web connectivity and features such as unlocking or preconditioning of cars. It’s this feature that has been exploited.
Jan 25th, 2015
When it comes to tech, it’s fair to say that the US always get the cool stuff first, but this time around it seems our European counterparts have had exclusive access to a very interesting service since 2012. That service is called Google Compare and serves, amongst other things, as an auto insurance hub. In Europe, you can basically buy you car insurance through Google. As it turns out, this service might soon be available in the US. continued →
Jan 14th, 2015
Everything that we know is about to change! That’s a bold statement, but given the scoop Autocar managed to grab from BMW’s Advanced Engineering Department, we are in for a wild ride regarding future BMW and MINI models. According to Autocar journalist Hilton Holloway, the BMW Group is on a quest to a radical engineering overhaul which will result in reinventing legacy cars into all-wheel-drive range-extender electric cars. To comply with EU fuel consumption regulations, future BMWs and Rolls-Royce will boast unprecedented EfficientDynamics technologies, including:
- Mix of steel, aluminum and composites for body construction
- Electric motors as primary drive source while combustion engines act as energy generators
- Advanced aerodynamics to reducing air and rolling resistance at speed to a minimum
- 3D connected navigation systems that anticipate traffic and road types
Although it will require some time before the Group can pack all these innovations into a single vehicle, we’re already witnessing the efforts of the Advanced Engineering Department with the successful i3, i8, and upcoming G11 7 series. continued →
Dec 17th, 2014
File this under technology to watch. With more and more technology now shared between MINI and its parent company BMW, we fully expect to see these technologies not just reach mass production in BMWs but MINIs as well.
Official Release: BMW was already demonstrating at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 how perfect control technology can provide highly automated mastery of all drive statuses right through to very tight margins. Innovative sensors will allow BMW to demonstrate a number of features at the CES 2015 (6 to 9 January, Las Vegas) including the possibility of entirely collision-free driving. This success plots another benchmark defined by the specialists at the BMW Group on the road route to individual mobility free of accidents with a driver and also in fully-automated mode with no driver at all. continued →
Nov 19th, 2014
After a long wait the largest streaming service in the world is finally coming to MINI Connected. Joining Pandora, Tunein and Stitcher, Amazon Cloud Player, Deezer, Napster and Audible, Spotify is part of the MINI connected family of integrated apps that gives drivers a safe autmootive grade interface to control apps from their iOS and Android devices.
Official release: We all know that the new MINI rocks, but now there’s even more for music-loving MINI fans to be jazzed about with the introduction of Spotify to the brand’s roster of third-party App integration.
Nov 6th, 2014
During a short afternoon break today, I nerded out with a couple of friends about online back-up. The conversation turned into a Who’s the Biggest Nerd contest and for once, I lost. The winner came up with Navdy. If you don’t know what it is, I’m sure you’ll want once after reading this post. continued →
Oct 8th, 2014
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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