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Apple And BMW Might Be Working On An OS

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Technology Mar 5th, 2015 7 Comments

normal_CT_111413_i3_0596Historically, the BMW Group and Apple have held a number of conversations regarding the integration of Apple products and services into their cars. In fact, BMW was one of the first brands to integrate the iPod in its vehicles. Most recently, these discussions have surrounded the topic of advanced connectivity, and according to Auto Motor und Sport, the two giants have partnered to develop a deeply integrated OS that would make its way into the i3. This new system “would allow not only iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, laptop and Mac computers to communicate and exchange data, but it also could be integrated with the car’s fuel consumption and movement data.” continued →

Silvercar and the End of the Car Rental Nightmare

MotoringFile Sections: Opinion, Technology Feb 27th, 2015 11 Comments

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My work forces me to travel on a regular basis. And because most car service drivers drive like madmen, I always rent a car for my trips between the airport and my clients. Unfortunately, my experience with car services has been far from great. In fact, it’s probably my second worst customer experience after air travel. That was until I discovered Silvercar. continued →

Is This the Future of the Key?

MotoringFile Sections: BMW i, Technology Feb 14th, 2015 18 Comments

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Or is the future already in your pocket in the form of your smartphone? Either way what you see here is the Android based key fob that BMW will introduce this fall for the BMW i8. However like most technology within the BMW Group, we expect this to make its way down the range of BMWs and even MINI in some form in the years ahead. continued →

Apple Hires Head of Mercedes-Benz R&D

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Technology Feb 13th, 2015 2 Comments

14.03.03-CarPlay-2If you’ve never heard of Apple, it’s a small technology company that has changed the world, over and over again since 1976. It also recently became the first U.S. company to manage a $700 billion market cap and is now possibly making headways into the automotive space. To be exact, Apple already has a presence in the automotive space with CarPlay, but this new hire along with reports indicating that Apple’s design team has met with a number of key automotive executives and creators in recent months, adds more fuel to the potential fire. continued →


The Truth About Active Sound

MotoringFile Sections: Design, In the Press, Technology Feb 4th, 2015 25 Comments

F56_JCW (8)Earlier this week, we linked to an article from the Washington Post describing how car enthusiasts feel about technology-generated engine sounds. Our takeaway was that Active Sound is a necessary evil given the advances made in fuel efficiency (e.g. displacement on demand) and safety. Since I have not had the chance to exchange with an engineer from MINI about this technology, I’m the first to admit that my knowledge on the topic is very limited. With that in mind, and thanks to a detailed anonymous tip from a SME, we’ve decided to demystify the inner workings of Active Sound. In short, it is not evil and has nothing to do with fake engine noise. continued →

Security Flaw In MINI Connected Leaves MINIs Open To Hacking

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Connected, Technology Jan 31st, 2015 16 Comments

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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.

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Google Could Soon Be Selling Auto Insurance

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Technology Jan 25th, 2015 1 Comment

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 9.51.08 PMWhen 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 →

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