Audi, BMW, Daimler jointly acquire Nokia HERE

Maps will be more important for autonomous cars (Phote: Nokia)

A consortium of German carmakers is buying Nokia’s digital mapping business for 2.8 billion euros. Audi, BMW and Daimler confirmed in a press release that they will jointly acquire Nokia HERE and will run the mapping company as an independent entity that will provide a platform open to all customers. The three, which will hold […]

BMW tests hydrogen fuel-cell drive

BMW says its fuel-cell electric-drive technology results from a cooperation with Toyota (Photo: BMW)

BMW is testing a hydrogen fuel-cell electric drive vehicle, but isn’t making any predictions about a possible market launch. The German premium car maker, which showed journalists a 5 Series GT model with a fuel-cell powered electric motor, said the project is one result from the strategic collaboration it formed with Toyota in 2013. That […]

Survey: Many drivers unfamiliar with infotainment features

Audi drivers are most likely to use infotainment features (Photo: Audi)

More is not necessarily better when it comes to infotainment in today’s cars, according to a new survey. And many car drivers are less than familiar with the infotainment functions available to them. Those are just two of the conclusions from a survey¬†of 14,000 recent US car buyers conducted by market researchers Nielsen and consultants […]

BMW, Porsche come out first with Apple Watch apps

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BMW and Porsche were among the first to come with Apple Watch applications for their cars, but other brands are expected to¬†follow shortly. Last week already, BMW’s DriveNow car sharing brand announced a function that lets drivers open and close DriveNow vehicles with their Apple Watch. This week, BMW unveiled an Apple Watch version of […]

automotiveIT Congress: BMW addresses distruptive innovation challenge

Klaus Straub (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – Silicon Valley is the source of various¬†new disruptive technologies and the auto industry should treat these “with respect,” BMW CIO Klaus Straub said Thursday. Carmakers are facing “dramatic changes,” Straub ¬†said in an address to the automotiveIT Congress here.¬† “Digital disruption will happen in auto industry,” he said. As the industry addresses, some […]

BMW: Zipse to become new production boss

Oliver Zipse (Photo: BMW)

Oliver Zipse will become the new production chief at BMW, succeeding Harald Krueger, who will take over as CEO May 13. BMW, in particular, cited the international manufacturing experience¬†Zipse has gathered in his 24 year career at the premium car maker. Zipse, 51, joined BMW as a trainee in 1991 and held positions in development, […]

Reuters: BMW isn’t building car with Apple

Apple's CarPlay is only available on a few production vehicles (Photo: Apple)

The rumors surrounding Apple’s alleged interest in building an electric vehicle took another twist this week, when¬†German magazine auto, motor und sport reported that BMW and the California-based consumer electronics group are negotiating to possibly make BMW’s next i3 electric city vehicle an Apple car. BMW immediately denied the report to the Reuters news agency. […]

automotiveIT magazine: Audi, BMW, Mercedes embrace digital

New technology is entering car showrooms (Photo: Audi)

Germany’s three premium brands are using digital technology to post higher sales, despite declining showroom traffic. In interviews with automotiveIT international, the sales and marketing chiefs of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz explained how their companies are catering to a new generation of car buyers, which does its research online and is looking for a physical […]

CeBIT, Hanover

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The annual CeBIT fair, which takes place March 16 through 20, will have a strong focus on the biggest trends shaping the digital economy. The event, which is billed as the leading trade fair for IT and the digital economy, will be officially opened on Sunday, March 15, by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Also speaking […]

BMW, VW, Chargepoint to cooperate on US EV charging network

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BMW and Volkswagen are teaming up with Chargepoint to build a network of electric-vehicle charging stations along highways in the eastern and western parts of the US. Chargepoint, a large operator of EV refueling stations, said the network will consist of fast-charging facilities that should¬†help promote electric mobility. “A robust network of conveniently located DC […]