Carmakers are expanding technology and IT offices in Silicon Valley, and tasking them with functions that are different from the roles played by traditional R&D centers Silicon Valley has a long history in the transport industry stretching back nearly a century, notably in aerospace, aeronautics and defense. Along with the private sector, government and military Read More..
BMW Group is to expand its co-operation and joint research work with the Chinese cybersecurity research team Tencent Keen Security Lab. It has been carrying out security tests both internally and with independent third parties, and a project with Tencent Keen explored potential vulnerabilities in the head units and T-Box components of various BMW models Read More..
A non-profit consortium involving major carmakers, suppliers, IT firms, start-ups and other transportation stakeholders has been announced to explore the application of blockchain technology in a digital mobility ecosystem. Founding members include BMW, Bosch, Ford, General Motors, Groupe Renault, ZF, Accenture, Context Labs and IBM. The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) aims to connect mobility Read More..
BMW, Daimler, Audi and Volvo have all announced that Tmall Genie, Alibaba AI Labs’ smart voice assistant, will be integrated into their digital ecosystems for Chinese consumers. Users with Tmall Genie-equipped devices at home will be able to remotely access information or data relating to their car such as fuel levels or whether its doors Read More..
BMW Group has officially inaugurated its autonomous driving campus and development facility at Unterschleissheim, near Munich. This ‘centre of excellence’ is close to BMW’s existing Research and Innovation Centre, and it enables the bringing-together of all its work on vehicle connectivity and automation at a single location. Some 1800 employees can be housed in 23,000 Read More..
BMW’s i Ventures spin-off has invested in Swedish HD mapping provider Mapillary, which has developed a platform utilizing user-generated street-level imagery to produce map data at scale. Images can be uploaded by any device, and data from a range of different sensors captured and processed without the need for specially-equipped survey vehicles. Moreover, there is Read More..
BMW became the latest major car brand to offer a subscription to its vehicles rather than selling or leasing them to customers. The German premium brand said it had launched a pilot program in Nashville, Tennessee, to see whether subscriptions are a viable business model in today’s car market. Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and other brands are Read More..
As expected, Daimler and BMW announced Wednesday that they planned to merge their mobility services, in a move that will create a car-sharing giant with a commanding footprint across the world’s major cities. The plan underscores how scale considerations in new automotive business areas are forcing major competitors to collaborate in the face of strong Read More..
Together with German plant engineering specialist Duerr, BMW is building a fully connected paint shop at its plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico. The facility meets all the Industry 4.0 requirements for an integrated smart factory, Duerr said. In the first stage, the paint shop will have a capacity of 30 vehicles an hour, Read More..
BMW said it is in “advanced discussions” to form a new joint venture with Great Wall Motor in China to locally produce electric Mini brand cars there. The German premium car group said it has signed a letter of intent with Great Wall, a major Chinese carmaker, to jointly build the cars. Mini is now Read More..