If you’ve got a car that can hustle, chances are you’ve at least thought about taking it for a spin and filming it. BMW owners will want to check out the video below, which gives us our first official glimpse of an M3 and M4 controlling a GoPro camera right from the dash. Using your smartphone as a backbone for the functionality, BMW just made driving for sport a lot more fun.
At the Pebble Beach Automotive Weekend, BMW took the opportunity to flaunt one of its limited edition 6 Series Gran Coupe to the crowd. The 650i Gran Coupe is different from its brethren in one detail alone. It bears the markings of audio engineers Bang & Olufsen, making it clear that this car sounds as good as it looks.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade; when it hands you the keys to five brand new BMW 2 Series M235i Coupés and the empty streets of Cape Town, you go drifting. BMW's M-badged two-door may be one of the smaller cars the company offers, but it's still capable of some mighty entertaining driving when you put a team of drifting experts behind the wheels.
Electric vehicles are a growing force on pubic roads, and to help spur their presence, BMW has rolled out its i DC Fast Chargers. With these chargers, i3 owners can juice up their car to 80-percent in half an hour, and there's the promise that the technology will "change the face of public charging".
BMW's i8 electric supercar may be out of the reach of most, but that isn't stopping the German company from crafting an even more exclusive version of the eco-friendly coupe. The one-off BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition will, as the name suggests, make its debut at August's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event, and be the first to pack some exclusive tech: lasers.
In late 2013, Toyota and BMW teamed up to create a joint sports car platform, something that was later tipped to kick off with a BMW Z4 replacement and so-called Supra spiritual successor. A source said to be "close to Toyota" has surfaced dropping details about the platform, and what to expect from the upcoming cars.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are teaming up on wireless car charging, pushing a super-efficient way of refueling EVs like the BMW i8 and the Mercedes S500 Plug-In Hybrid simply by parking over a certain spot on your driveway. The system, which the two German marques hope to get accepted as the de-facto standard for wireless car recharging, promises a cut in charge times without the hassle of having to regularly plug in: BMW says the batteries in its i8 supercar, for instance, can be topped up in under two hours.
3D printing and scanning is already commonplace in car production, but BMW is experimenting with upgrading its staff with the technology. A new trial at BMW's Munich plant is giving assembly workers individually-tailored thumb guards to help avoid over-stretching, having first scanned the digit with a portable 3D camera.
Tesla's open invitation to work with the automotive mainstream on pushing electric car technology has hooked another interested company, with Nissan said to be hoping for talks on how to standardize EV charging standards. The Japanese firm - which has sold the all-electric Nissan Leaf since late 2010 - is expected to follow BMW in working with Tesla, insiders say.
MINI drivers looking to recreate the classic chase scene from The Italian Job will be able to remotely control their GoPro from the car's dashboard, as it and select BMW models become the first to integrate the action camera. The new app hooks up the MINI Connected and BMW Apps infotainment systems to a WiFi-equipped GoPro, allowing it to be remotely turned on and off, switched between recording modes, and previews viewed.
Tesla and BMW have held talks this week about efforts to improve adoption of electric vehicles, coinciding with Elon Musk's decision to open up Tesla's EV patent portfolio for other manufacturers to use. Exact details on what was discussed between the two firms on Wednesday this week have not been revealed, though Musk did say that it was around promoting EVs in general, as well as taking greater advantage from the Tesla Supercharger network.