BMW, Audi Have Ended Their Car Subscription Service
In the recent years, we’ve started to see a shift in the trends where more companies are turning towards subscription-based services. We’ve already seen this with movies and TV shows, music, and we’ve also seen it extend to software, so it didn’t come as a surprise to learn that carmakers were also doing it.
BMW Might Introduce Subscriptions For In-Car Features
Remember the good old days when you would buy something and it was essentially yours, no strings attached? Unfortunately, for BMW car owners, it seems that the company has announced a new initiative that will undoubtedly draw a lot of criticism, and this comes in the form of an expansion of its ConnectedDrive Store.
BMW Could Be The First To Support iOS ‘CarKey’ Feature
According to a report from last month, it was discovered within the code of iOS that Apple seems to be toying with the idea of allowing users to use their iPhones as car keys to unlock their car doors. This isn’t that much of a stretch, especially given that modern cars these days sometimes use key fobs instead of regular keys.
BMW Will Finally Integrate Android Auto In 2020
BMW already had the integration for Apple CarPlay. However, the integration for Android Auto in a BMW car was not there.Now, BMW has finally decided to integrate Android Auto.Even though it is good news – it is not happening this year. You will have to wait until July 2020 to see BMW integrating Android Auto into its cars.In addition to the announcement of integration, they also mentioned that BMW cars […]
BMW Will No Longer Charge A Subscription For CarPlay
Back in July, BMW announced that for its newer cars with the CarPlay option, customers who wanted to include the feature would have to pay an annual subscription to use it. This is unlike how other carmakers approach additional features in their cars, where it is usually a one-off fee to add extras.
BMW Introduces An Armored SUV To Protect Against AK-47 Bullets, Explosives & Drone Attacks
BMW is a pretty popular car manufacturer in the US. However, a new armored SUV originally based on the body of BMW X5 hit the headlines recently and no one can stop talking about it.It can withstand AK-47 bullets with its armor plating and multi-layered safety glass. You also get an intercom and an attack alarm system inside.The protection level on this model is a huge step up because it […]
Meet The World's Darkest Car, A BMW X6 Covered In Vantablack
If you thought black only came in one shade, think again. If you recall, several years ago, there were reports that a new shade of black was developed called Vantablack that apparently can absorb 99.965% of light. Now it looks like BMW will be taking advantage of the color by covering their X6 with it.
BMW Wants To Charge Customers An Annual Fee To Get CarPlay In Their Cars
If you thought that CarPlay was simply upgrading your car’s infotainment system to a CarPlay compatible unit, you’d be right. However, it seems that if you plan on buying a BMW and also want to have CarPlay in your car, then be prepared to fork out an annual subscription fee because that’s what BMW wants to do.
BMW's Electric Vehicle Chargers Available Close To US National Parks
BMW wants you to be able to experience the great outdoors and not be bound by the range constraints of your electric vehicles. To that end, the company teamed up with multiple U.S. agencies two years ago like the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to donate 100 EV charging stations in and around national parks across the country. Most of the EV chargers are now up and […]
Next-Gen BMW Cruise Control Can Stop At Traffic Lights Automatically
Adaptive cruise control technology has been around for quite some time now. The car can slow down automatically if the car in front of it does and then go back up to the set cruise speed without disengaging. BMW has been working to enhance the capabilities of its adaptive cruise control technology. It has demonstrated a new capability which will enable the car to stop automatically when it pulls up […]
Ubergizmo's Best of CES 2019
Ubergizmo's Best of CES 2019Editor's Pick
Goodbye CES 2019, this was Ubergizmo’s 14th CES! It was difficult to navigate the avalanche of new products and technologies announced there. Including the pre-show work, it took out a huge chunk of December and all of the Holidays, but the chips have fallen, and here are the best products and technologies we’ve seen at CES 2019, in no particular order!
Porsche & BMW Unveil EV Charger That Adds 100 KM In 3 Minutes
It used to be that one of the downsides to owning an electric car is that it requires the use of a special charger. This is versus regular cars that can be refueled at gas stations that can be found easily. Electric cars also used to take a long time to charge, which once again made it feel like a disadvantage compared to regular cars where refueling only takes minutes.
BMW Could Convert Hybrid Cars To Electric-Only In Polluted Cities
German auto giant BMW has said that it has the capability to force its hybrid cars to an electric-only mode when they’re being driven in inner-city areas that are heavily polluted. This would enable BMW’s hybrid vehicles to compete with its all-electric rivals in cities that are looking to create emissions-free zones.
BMW Will Launch Ride-Hailing Service In China Next Month
BMW has become the first global car manufacturer to obtain a license which will allow it to launch a ride-hailing service in China. The company is reportedly planning to launch the service in the People’s Republic next month. It has obtained the ride-hailing license in Chengdu which is the capital of the Sichuan province in Southwest China. The license has been obtained by BMW Mobility Service which is a fully […]
BMW Shows Off Its Self-Driving Motorcycle
You have seen plenty of self-driving cars by now. Public trials are even being conducted in many cities across the globe as the world moves towards a future where cars will be able to drive themselves without requiring any input from us. The same can also be said for motorcycles, as BMW has proven with new footage of its self-driving motorcycle.
Tesla’s Model 3 Is Apparently Outselling BMW’s Passenger Car Lineup
It is safe to say that electric cars are the future as far as sustainability goes. For those looking for proof of that happening, it seems that Tesla’s Model 3 is a prime example of that because according to the numbers, it would seem that the Model 3 has managed to outsell BMW’s entire passenger car lineup for the month of August.
BMW Launches Own In-Car Voice Assistant
As car manufacturers team up with the companies behind Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana to bring voice assistants to their cars, BMW has gone in a different direction much like Mercedes-Benz. The company today announced the launch of its own proprietary digital voice assistant. It’s going to be available in models that run the company’s latest operating system version 7.0 starting in March next year.
BMW-Branded Smartwatches Will Be Launched By Fossil Next Year
Fossil, a renowned player in the fashion watch business, has announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with car manufacturer Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft or BMW for watches and smartwatches. What this means is that BMW-branded watches and smartwatches will be available starting next year. The company won’t be making them itself, Fossil will make them and sell them under the BMW brand that it has licensed from […]
BMW’s Wireless Charging Mat For Cars Will Be Coming This Summer
One of the ways to charge an electric car would be to plug it in, much like you would plug your smartphone or laptop. However just like our smartphones which are starting to feature more wireless charging, it looks like BMW’s wireless charging solution for electric cars is only a couple of months away.
Daimler And BMW Merge Mobility Units
Car manufacturing giants BMW and Daimler have decided to consolidate their efforts for the future of mobility by merging their respective urban mobility divisions. These divisions were focused on services such as parking, ride-hailing, car-sharing, charging, and multimodal transport. They have both been investing in their own separate urban mobility projects over the years but have now decided to consolidate the efforts. The German car giants own prestigious brands including […]