Mini, owned by the BMW group, will be debuting what it describes as groundbreaking industry-first app-level iPhone integration with its car. It’s a central computing system that they’ve christened Mini Connected that will integrate with the iPhone through native applications.
If you saw the video we posted last week of the Nissan Land Glider concept that leaned and though to yourself if it had one less wheel and looked like the cockpit of a Viper from Battlestar Galactica you would totally buy one, get your checkbook out. BMW has unveiled a new three-wheel concept called the SIMPLE.
I grew up riding dirt bikes and one thing I can say for sure is that when you do something stupid, the last thing you really want is to be tied to the bike. Those things are heavy when they land on you. BMW has reinvented the scooter and revived a dead product from 2000 with a bike called the C1-E electric scooter that has a roof and a seat belt.
Thermaltake have been showing off their special edition Level 10 PC case, created in association with BMW Designworks, at CeBIT this week. Unlike most cases, which try to fit everything inside one big dull box, Level 10 looks as though the shell has been vacuum-packed around each of the components.
Buyers of BMW's latest second-generation MINI convertible will have yet another unusual offering to tick on the options list, in the shape of the Openometer. A new pod sitting next to the rev counter, it records how much time the car is driven with the top down.
BMW and NXP Semiconducters have announced what they're calling the world's first multi-functional car key. Currently in prototype form, the key features contactless payment, personalized access control and public transport e-ticketing for when you've left your 7-Series in the parking lot. Future functionality could include general shopping, paying for gas, parking fees and road tolls. Using the same credit-card form-factor as other contactless car keys, the BMW prototype aims to replace not only your keys but your cash.
Some images of mysterious gizmos have been released by BMW that give us a glimpse of their new car-selling strategy. It appears that glossy fingerprint-prone minimalist multimedia tech is the way to go, and BMW is speeding forward with what can only be guessed as some sort of integrated multimedia system for your next expensive upgrade at the dealership.
According to the trailer on their site, these gadgets somehow work together to bring you MP3s, DVDs, and CDs, with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, voice command capability, and a 65,000 color LCD. But strangely, no GPS navigation system, which is probably the only distracting gizmo one should have while driving.
This “highend” system is slated for release in the middle of this month, but until then, we can only gaze inquisitively at these product shots (more after the jump) of what look like…um…fancy remote controls?
It's possibly my favorite car because it makes so much sense. I am still amazed at the lack of hype this vehicle receives. The V10 BMW M6 is a car overlooked by many because buyers often prefer the BMW M3 or the M5 and are not aware of its existence. FYI, BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke or Bavarian Motor Works in English. Many owners are too lazy to Google the acronym and find out what they're actually driving so now there's no excuse. Okay, back to the car. The BMW M6 (convertible included) is a four seater, although it's not built for full size humans (backseat), it owns the Mercedes SL and other contenders in the room category.
The V10, 5.0-liter BMW M6 droptop packs 500-hp and it also has the convenient seven-speed sequential manual gearbox also known as SMG. The M6 has a prompt throttle response and redlines at 8250-rpm. The M6 cabrio version will sport a three layer softtop that opens in 25 secs. It also includes so much technology under the hood I would be making up terms if I tried to describe it, but it all equals ungodly speeds. It goes from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and it tops at 155 which can be tweaked but the ABS breaks should save you. Without controls the vehicle is said to reach 205-206 mph. The vehicle is more than just a car, it's a monster that is driven by very few people. If the buyer is going to spend thousands of dollars he or she might as well have room for some cuties in the back and that's why this car makes so much sense.
Designers seem determined to step out from behind the drawing boards and into the spotlight, and nobody gets more column inches (or, for that matter, hyperbole) than BMW's Chris Bangle. Design & Emotion have interviewed him, covering everything from 5-Axis milled door handles to the balance of design and semantics, with the much-maligned i-Drive interface along the way.