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BMW key-card unlocks car & works as contactless payment system

BMW key-card unlocks car & works as contactless payment system

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.

 

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Mysterious Images of New BMW Devices Released

Mysterious Images of New BMW Devices Released

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?

2008 BMW V-10 M6 Cabriolet Convertible, 500-hp

2008 BMW V-10 M6 Cabriolet Convertible, 500-hp

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.

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BMW’s Bangle interviewed

BMW’s Bangle interviewed

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.

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