Apple launches “CarPlay” for Mercedes, Ferrari, Volvo

Apple's CarPlay will be available for Mercedes, Ferrari and Volvo shortly (Photo: Apple)

Apple said a new iPhone connectivity suite will be available for Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo this week and for other brands at a later date. Apple said its “CarPlay” software can be operated through the car’s HMI or by using the company’s Siri voice control. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product […]

BMW 535i: Driving our HMI test winner

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BMW did best in our premium-segment HMI test, so I was keen to try out a BMW 535i on a recent 1,800km roundtrip between Munich and Amsterdam. I set out to get a subjective impression of the ease of use of BMW’s connected infotainment and driver assistance systems. No attempt was made to do a […]

carIT Congress: BMW exec sees “iconic change” for car industry

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FRANKFURT – The auto industry is undergoing an “iconic change” as it moves into a new-mobility era, a senior BMW executive said Wednesday. Bernhard Blaettel, director mobility services at the German premium car maker, told the Mobility 3.0 Congress here that the changes are driven by increased urbanization, expectations of higher oil prices and customers’ […]

Point of view: HMI still has way to go

Hilmar Dunker is editor-in-chief of Germany's automotiveIT and carIT magazines

carIT magazine recently commissioned a test to see how the infotainment operating systems of the three German premium car manufacturers stack up. The Doppler Laboratory for Contextual Interfaces at Austria’s Salzburg University together with the Auto Club Europe employed 36 specially selected drivers to test the systems of the Audi A3, the BMW 1 Series […]

At BMW, a new central archive for financial records

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BMW has reorganized its financial records, bringing all data together in one central archive that can be accessed directly from the company’s SAP systems. KGS Software, a provider of SAP interface and archiving software, said it implemented the project at the German premium car maker together with information management specialist fme AG. The integration into […]

BMW shows production version of i3 in Beijing, London, NY

Top BMW executives showed the i3 in Beijing (Photo: BMW)

BMW unveiled production versions of its new i3 electric vehicle in Beijing, London and New York Monday, setting the stage for the full market introduction of the car later this year. The Munich-based premium car maker, which hopes the i3 will give a boost to an electric car market that has been slow to take […]

Newsletter: Execs talk about BMW Website and “Future Retail” program

Ulrich Lenz (left) and Hartmut Wagner pay particular attention to the user experience on BMW Web sites (Photo: Claus Dick

BMW has upgraded its online presence, seamlessly integrating user data with business processes running in the background. Ulrich¬†Lenz, head of the premium car maker’s interactive marketing, and Hartmut Wagner, IT manager process IT, sat down with automotiveIT to¬†discuss the benefits of the integrated approach, how they defined the requirements of the new site and what […]

BMW to conduct future mobility research in Singapore

The electric BMW i3 city vehicle will be launched later this year (Photo: BMW)

BMW has teamed up with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to conduct research on future transportation technologies. The collaboration will focus on advanced battery materials for electric vehicles, human machine interfaces and mobility patterns and concepts. BMW and NTU said in a press release that their joint research, which will be conducted in a new […]

BMW makes push to include EVs in business fleets

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BMW’s is stepping up efforts to include electric vehicles in corporate fleets. Alphabet International, the leasing and business mobility arm of the German premium car maker, is rolling out a program called AlphaElectric that provides a framework for integrating EVs into corporate fleets. “Every fleet has the potential to use electric vehicles, for example in […]

India’s Infosys will manage applications for BMW

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Infosys said it will manage a range of applications for BMW worldwide under a new five-year contract between the Indian IT consultant and the German premium car maker. Infosys said it will manage applications and services including BMW’s global web infrastructure, content management, SAP basic operations and business intelligence systems. BMW will be able to […]