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BMW shows off refreshed 3-series

BMW shows off refreshed 3-series

I have never been a huge BMW fan. I can certainly appreciate the M versions that the car company puts out with nice performance. Overall, I find the brand a bit boring personally. Still, it's always cool to see the refreshed vehicles that will be coming to market soon. At this point, we have a few pics of the normal 3-Series cars that are lighter, yet lower and wider. The updated rides include the 328i, 335i, and 320d.

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BMW grabs Nuance TTS for in-car email, Facebook, more

BMW grabs Nuance TTS for in-car email, Facebook, more

BMW drivers will soon be able to have their iDrive ICE systems read out messages, social network updates and RSS feeds, using the same voice control system as is expected to feature in the iPhone 5. A new deal with Nuance will see iDrive gain complex text-to-speech functionality in addition to its existing voice-dialing and music search, able to read SMS and emails - among other content - in a choice of 14 different languages.

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BMW working on laser lights for future vehicles

BMW working on laser lights for future vehicles

BMW was among the first carmakers out there to start using LED lights for headlights and other lights. The LEDs are great because they use less power and they are able to last much longer than your typical automotive lighting. BMW is working on what it calls the next logical step in automotive lighting with laser lighting. The lights are expected to come to market within a few years.

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BMW uses frickin’ lasers for good, Dr. Evil weeps

BMW uses frickin’ lasers for good, Dr. Evil weeps

Let's face it; most drivers are oblivious to what is going on around them. They pull out in front of other cars, don't pay attention to pedestrians or motorcycles, and do other generally dumb and avoidable things simply from inattention. Sadly, when it comes to an inattentive driver and a pedestrian or motorcyclist, the pedestrian or motorcyclist often has little chance in an accident. BMW has announced a new system that is automatically activated in the high-end BMW 5 series cars as soon as the sensors in the vehicle detects a left turn.

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BMW Launches DriveNow Car Sharing Program

BMW Launches DriveNow Car Sharing Program

BMW has partnered with rental car company Sixt for its own car sharing service called DriveNow. The two German companies will be providing a “premium” car sharing service with a fleet of BMW’s sub brand BMW i and MINI vehicles. The service is open to all drivers, but if you’re between 18 and 21 you’ll have to take an extra driving safety test before you can use a use a car.

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BMW i3 Caught On Video In Cold Weather Testing

BMW i3 Caught On Video In Cold Weather Testing

A video has surfaced of the BMW i3 that gives us a first look at the car in action as it is driven around for cold-weather testing in Sweden. The rear-wheel drive i3 slid and drifted all over the track as the test driver sped it around pushing its limits on the icy conditions. The vehicle is due out in 2013 and will be an all-electric city car by the German manufacturer.

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BMW 1-Series gets Nokia C7 remote-control [Video]

BMW 1-Series gets Nokia C7 remote-control [Video]

Nokia's C7 proved a respectable business handset when we reviewed it, but then we didn't try remotely-controlling a BMW with the Symbian smartphone. That's just what two engineers from Nokia Asia have apparently managed, taking just twenty days to create the necessary software and remote control hardware to operate a 1-Series' steering, brakes and accelerator, as well as all the regular gadgets inside.

Video demo after the cut

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Leica X1 BMW Special Edition Camera Unveiled, Costs $3,500

Leica X1 BMW Special Edition Camera Unveiled, Costs $3,500

When you're trying to sell a special edition of something, especially something that's already been available to purchase, you generally want to add features to it. Or, perhaps just throw in more accessories or "never before seen" things. But, for Leica, who has released plenty of special edition cameras in the past, the BMW special edition version of the X1 doesn't really do any of the aforementioned things. At least, not enough to warrant an almost $1,000 price increase.

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