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  • Nine manufacturers set for 2018 Formula E season

    Nine manufacturers set for 2018 Formula E season

    Formula E announced the nine manufacturers that will race electric cars in seasons five, six, and seven. You may think this is no big whoop, but it is. Here’s why the whoop is big: beginning in season five, each team will race one car per driver for the entire race — like every other racing series on the planet — rather than two. Because battery technology lagged behind… Read More

  • BMW taps Unreal Engine for a mixed reality vehicle development process

    BMW taps Unreal Engine for a mixed reality vehicle development process

    BMW is combining the best of real and virtual worlds to make the process of creating new car designs as quick and painless as possible. The carmaker has tapped Unreal Engine’s rendering capabilities to generate virtual surfaces and objects overtop 3D-printed prototype vehicle pieces, letting designers and engineers preview how various materials or surfaces will look on a final… Read More

  • How does the Lucid Air stack up against the competition?

    How does the Lucid Air stack up against the competition?

    Now that we know that the Lucid Air will start at $60,000 (before applying the federal tax credit that’s available for electric vehicles), people are going to start comparison shopping. The first competitor that springs to mind is that other all-electric luxury sedan, the Tesla Model S. The Air is significantly less expensive than the Model S 60, especially at the base level, where the… Read More

  • BMW’s self-driving car will aim for full Level 5 autonomy by 2021

    BMW’s self-driving car will aim for full Level 5 autonomy by 2021

    BMW says that the car it intends to field with self-driving tech by 2021 will have Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5 capabilities, according to the automaker’s SVP of Autonomous Driving Elmar Frickenstein, who shared the info during a panel in Berlin on Thursday, Reuters reports. Level 5 autonomy would mean that the vehicle requires zero input from a driver to navigate city and highway roads… Read More

  • BMW says ‘nein’ to Android Auto

    BMW says ‘nein’ to Android Auto

    Like CES, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also now attracts its fair share of car makers. Ford was an early adopter a few years ago, and now others are joining the fray, too. I sat down with Dieter May, BMW’s senior vice president of Digital Services and Business Models (in an i3, of course). Read More

  • I drove BMW’s prototype self-driving 5 series, and then it drove me

    BMW had a story to tell at CES this year, a story of what our lives might look like when there’s more continuity between what we do at home and what we do in our cars, thanks to new features coming to market, including connectivity and self-driving capabilities. I became a part of that story as I drove a prototype 5 series (fun even in manual mode) onto a public Las Vegas highway, pressed… Read More

  • Microsoft launches a new cloud platform for connected cars

    Microsoft launches a new cloud platform for connected cars

    Microsoft isn’t building its own connected car — but it is launching a new Azure-based cloud platform for car manufacturers that want to use the cloud to power their own connected-car services. The new Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform will go live as a public preview later this year. “This is not an in-car operating system or a ‘finished product’,”… Read More

  • Roll your own car sharing service with Vulog

    Roll your own car sharing service with Vulog

    Vulog is not a big name in the car sharing space, especially in the US, but the French company is hoping to change that at CES 2017. Alexandre Thibault, VP of business development, said it’s the only independent company that provides hardware and software solutions to car sharing services. (The better-known free-floating car sharing services, car2go and ReachNow, are owned by Daimler… Read More

  • BMW, Intel and Mobileye will put 40 self-driving test cars on roads in 2017

    BMW, Intel and Mobileye will put 40 self-driving test cars on roads in 2017

    Automaker BMW is teaming up with suppliers Intel and Mobileye to deploy a fleet of test vehicles, numbering 40 in total, targeting a street date of sometime during the second half of 2017. The fleet deployment was announced Wednesday by the three partners at CES, and follows their July announcement of their initial decision to partner. Between July and now, BMW, Mobileye and Intel have… Read More

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