Who needs rear- and side-view mirrors anymore, now that we’re able to add a camera to any product for next to nothing? Not only do cameras offer better viewing angles, but cars would be more aerodynamic as a result. Now, it looks like car makers in Japan might be the first ones to remove regular mirrors from new vehicles.
Tesla and Google aren’t the only companies working towards a future filled with self-driving cars. BMW earlier today boldly announced its plan to begin mass producing a self-driving car by 2021.
As part of its 5-year plan to make autonomous driving a reality, BMW will rely upon camera and sensor technology sourced from Mobileye, the same Israeli company that Tesla currently partners up with for its own self-driving car technology. Also in the mix is Intel who will contribute technology of its own at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.
It wasn’t long ago that German car manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes thought that Tesla was a complete joke. As a new report from The Los Angeles Times makes clear, however, they aren’t laughing anymore.
The reason for this change is pretty obvious: Now that Tesla has likely racked up an astonishing 400,000 reservations for its Model 3, it must be taken seriously by the rest of the automotive industry. More →
It was only a matter of time before other car manufacturers started following Tesla’s lead. On Wednesday, BMW announced a strategic shift which will see the company investing in new technologies in order to more readily compete with Uber, Tesla and Google — three companies threatening to turn the auto industry on its head. More →
This week marks the 100-year anniversary of BMW’s founding in 1916. To celebrate, the iconic German car manufacturer this week unveiled a new concept car called the Vision Next 100 that is absolutely wild.
While it’s very unlikely that we’ll see this car on the road anytime soon, it does show that there’s a lot of untapped potential innovations out there when it comes to car designs. More →
Tesla’s autopilot software may have a lot of people excited about a future filled with autonomous cars, but BMW CEO Harald Kruger is decidedly not impressed. During an interview with the German-language Handelsblatt, Kruger all but called Tesla’s autopilot software a half-baked product that won’t be able to compete with what BMW is working on.
Specifically, Kruger’s problems with Tesla’s autopilot software stems from an “app industry” culture that has no problem releasing software that isn’t fully finished.
The annual Detroit Auto Show is always a fantastic showcase for futuristic new cars. Some of them are concepts that will never see the light of day, and others are fairly good representations of cars that will eventually be released to the public. This year, there are two clear stars of the show. The first is Ford’s stunning GT revival, and the second is the brand new Acura NSX, which auto enthusiasts have been waiting years to see reimagined.
But there was plenty more to see at this year’s show. More →
The eco-friendly BMW i8 may have one more feature that will impress potential buyers, a smart key fob that looks – and performs – like no ordinary car key. One BMW insider shared the image above with Bimmerfile, which shows what the i8 smart key could look like. According to the publication, the key will include its own high-resolution LCD screen which will reportedly be able to display various useful information such as charge levels, time on a charge and the distance the vehicle can travel before requiring recharging and/or refueling. More →
New York’s Auto Show is always packed with debuts, and this year wasn’t any different. From the 2013 BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz’s 2013 CL-Class and GL-Class, to the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, 2013 SRT Viper and many more, I took a spin through the show to check out some of the newest cars that will soon hit the market — and of course, look at a bunch of my favorite rides as well. The show-stopper for me? The matte blue Audi R8 GT, though I loved the Ford Explorer Sport, too. Catch all the McLarens, Aston Martins, Rolls Royces, BMWs, Bentleys, Mercedes-Benzes and more in our 2012 New York Auto Show photo gallery, which is linked below.
We’ve always wanted to hit the NY Auto Show and this year, Buick sponsored our trip. There weren’t many brand new announcements (we actually can’t think of a single one that we can remember), but we did spend some quick time going over some of the cars that caught our eyes. Don’t judge us. Check out the brief video we put together after the jump!
This post is part of our “Live Like A Genius” content series sponsored by Buick and the all-new 2010 LaCrosse.
If you’re a car fanatic, you can’t help but being intrigued by Rolls-Royce’s newest announcement; the RR4 due to start production in 2010. It’s the “baby” Rolls-Royce that’s been floating around in the rumor mill for the last couple years. And by baby, we mean smaller. Ever since BMW bought Rolls, their design and technology has slowly made it’s way into Rolls-Royce’s lineup. From the same 7-Series key, to iDrive, to the same driving controls, they’ve integrated a whole lot. Now, the RR4 is set to further expand that line by using the 7-Series framework. Expect it to be similarly sized, but pack that Rolls-Royce punch. Now, who else is getting one with us? Matching cars? Let’s go! We got first dibs on BGR Blue, though…Couple shots of the limited edition sketch and Rolls materials after the jump.