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BMW Shipping Cars without Apple CarPlay Due to Chip Shortages

BMW has started shipping new cars without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto functionality (or even Wi-Fi capability) out of the gate after the ongoing global semiconductor shortage forced the German automaker to switch chip suppliers — reports Automotive News Europe. "The chips built into these cars in the first four months of this year need...

BMW CFO Undaunted By Reports of Apple Entering Automotive Business

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, BMW’s Chief Financial Officer Nicolas Peter has that he is not bothered by reports that Apple is looking to enter the automotive industry with its own self-driving electric vehicle. “I sleep very peacefully,” Peter said when asked about the world’s most valuable company’s car plans. “Competition is a wonderful...

BMW Announces BMW Digital Key Plus With Ultra-Wideband Technology

BMW has announced that it plans to release its BMW Digital Key Plus feature to iPhone users in the near future. Digital Key Plus will enable drivers to unlock and start their vehicle without having to take their phone out of their pocket or bag thanks to the new Ultra-Wideband technology BMW is incorporating into...

2019 BMW Canada Owners to Pay for Apple CarPlay with Subscription Service

2019 model year BMW models will be charged to use Apple’s CarPlay in a new subscription model, whereas most other car manufacturers offer the service for free. Here’s how BMW explains Apple CarPlay Preparation on its BMW ConnectedDrive website: Do you have an iPhone and want to connect it to your BMW when you are...

New 2018 BMW 3 Series Gets Software Updates via iPhone [VIDEO]

Today at the Paris Auto Show, BMW unveiled their all-new 3 Series sedan. What makes this model interesting, aside from its new design, is it is the first BMW to take advantage of a remote software upgrade feature via smartphone, to keep the vehicle up-to-date. This new remote software upgrade for the BMW 3 Series...

BMW Introduces its Own In-Car Intelligent Personal Assistant

The BMW Group has today announced its own, proprietary in-car AI assistant called the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, that responds to the prompt “Hey BMW” and has the ability to serve the driver in a range of ways, such as controlling vehicle settings, navigation and entertainment systems, and even conducting a conversation. The Intelligent Personal Assistant will debut...

BMW Planning to Swap Keys for Mobile Apps Instead

In a recent interview at the Frankfurt car show, BMW’s board member responsible for sales Ian Robertson has told Reuters that BMW’s mobile app, which allows customers to unlock their vehicles, has made conventional car keys less useful.  “Honestly, how many people really need it”, Robertson said, while adding that customers no longer need to put the key in...

BMW Accelerates Electric Vehicle Production, Self-Driving Technology

BMW says it has ambitions to create the “coolest” car-sharing service available, one that will ultimately be powered by its self-driving technology. Pushing ahead with its autonomous car project, the German automaker on Friday revealed plans for a new test center in Munich set to open next year, according to a new report from The Financial […]

BMW Becomes First Auto Maker to Sell CarPlay as Standalone Service

According to TechCrunch, BMW is now charging $300 to add Apple's CarPlay service to new vehicles, which makes it the first auto maker in the world to offer CarPlay as a standalone service. The German automobile giant is charging buyers for access to CarPlay throughout its model line, including the buyers of the $138,000 Alpina B7 xDrive, who will also need...

BMW to Add Support for Apple CarPlay in Second Half of This Year

While the BMW Group is listed on Apple’s microsite site dedicated to CarPlay, the car manufacturer hasn’t officially announced support for “iOS on four wheels.” That’s about to change this year, as Bimmerpost has spotted an official pricelist revealing that BMW will finally add support for CarPay (via 9to5Mac). The German language document — you...

Apple Said to Favour Canada’s Magna to Build “iCar”; Daimler, BMW Talks End

According to German publication Handelsblatt, Daimler and BMW have shut down talks with Apple over the iPhone maker’s electric vehicle ambitions, say sources: German carmakers Daimler and BMW have ended talks with Apple over a cooperation deal on an electric car. Apple is reportedly seeking a manufacturing partner to help build its “iCar”, with the...