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BMW Confirms Plan to Launch Autonomous Car by 2021

Automaker teams up with tech firms Intel, Mobileye.

by on Jul.01, 2016

The BMW i Vision Future concept offers a hint of what the maker's autonomous car might look like.

BMW is the latest automaker to confirm plans to go to market with an autonomous vehicle, the Bavarian maker teaming up with tech partners Intel and Mobileye to “bring fully automated driving technology to the street” by 2021, the maker’s CEO announced Friday.

The announcement follows the debut of several futuristic concept vehicles meant to mark BMW’s 100th anniversary. But it also comes a day after U.S. safety regulators launched an investigation into a fatal crash of a Tesla Model S sedan that was operating in its semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. That has raised new concerns about the technology despite hopes that self-driving vehicles will help improve safety and reduce worsening traffic congestion.

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“The combined expertise of Intel, Mobileye and the BMW Group will deliver the next core building block to bring fully automated driving technology to the street,” BMW chairman Harald Krüger said in a statement.

The move might come as a surprise to those who think of BMW in terms of its long-running tag-line, “The ultimate driving machine,” but the maker has been exploring self-driving technology for nearly two decades, and, according to Kruger, it will give BMW customers new options – the ability to ride hands-free or switch to manual driving mode.

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BMW Vision Next 100 Offers Look at Century to Come

Flexible body panels, augmented reality technology and a glowing orb.

by on Mar.07, 2016

Marking its centennial, BMW rolls out the Vision Next 100 autonomous concept vehicle.

The auto industry, we’re frequently told, is in the midst of more dramatic change than it’s seen in nearly a century. So, what will the car of the future look like? For now, flying flivvers remain the stuff of science fiction, but plenty of other sci-fi concepts appear to be coming to your driveway in the near future.

Or so BMW is suggesting with the Vision Next 100 concept vehicle meant to mark the Bavarian automaker’s centennial. In keeping with current trends, the BMW Vision Next 100 will have the ability to drive autonomously – if you want. But slip into “boost mode”, slide out the foldaway steering wheel and it will remind you why the German marque has long been known for building the “ultimate driving machines.”

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“Our objective,” explains BMW Group Design director Adrian van Hooydonk, “was to develop a future scenario that people would engage with. Technology is going to make significant advances, opening up fantastic new possibilities that will allow us to offer the driver even more assistance for an even more intense driving experience.”

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BMW Concept Could Become New Super-Lux 8- or 9-Series

German maker turns to Beijing for unveiling.

by on Apr.20, 2014

BMW is showing off the new Vision Future Luxury Concept in Beijing this week.

BMW is pulling the wraps off a sleek new coupe-like sedan that could fill one of the few apparent gaps in its rapidly expanding line-up. The prototype on display at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show is considered quite likely to become the maker’s new 8- or 9-Series flagship.

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Precisely how close a production model might come to the show car remains to be seen, however. The concept, dubbed the BMW Vision Future Luxury, features some details that are often used to enhance the sex appeal of show cars – such as the rear-hinged, “suicide doors” – that are seldom actually carried over into production models.

Nonetheless, BMW has long been hinting at its desire to fill a niche left open when it dropped the older 8-Series line a few years back.

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BMW Makes the M4 Concept Official

Performance coupe concept makes formal debut.

by on Aug.16, 2013

BMW makes it official as it reveals the new M4 Concept Coupe during a Pebble Beach preview.

As we’ve been seeing with great frequency of late, there are no secrets on the Internet. It’s something BMW and its fans were reminded of when details of the new Concept M4 began leaking out this week, well ahead of the planned preview in Pebble Beach.

Well, BMW has finally made it official, and here’s some more about the BMW Concept M4 and the production model to follow.

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As TheDetroitBureau.com earlier noted, the appearance of the 2-door performance model comes as a bit of a surprise so quickly after the June debut of the new BMW 4-Series.

Normally, the Bavarian maker likes to keep us waiting for the M-variant of an all-new model line. Expect to now see the production version of the M4 in a matter of months, perhaps at the upcoming Frankfurt or LA auto shows.

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Does Zagato Coupe Reveal a New Design Direction for BMW?

The end of the Bangle-Butt?

by on May.30, 2012

The BMW Zagato Coupe concept takes a tour of the Alps on its way to Villa d'Este.

Is this the end of the Bangle-Butt?

Since the re-launch of the flagship 7-Series sedan, a decade ago, BMW has adopted a very distinctive styling language perhaps best defined by the high rear deck critics quickly labeled the “Bangle-Butt,” a reference to the maker’s then-design chief Chris Bangle.

But is the Bavarian maker about to migrate to a distinctly different look?  That’s the question it has provoked with the unveiling of the new Zagato Coupe, a 2-seat concept that made its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

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The annual event, staged along Italy’s exclusive Lake Como, is normally reserved for classic cars but BMW gets a little leeway as the events principal sponsor and used the opportunity to gauge reaction to what is clearly not just another German roadster.  The concept was designed by what is now the only surviving independent coachbuilder it Italy, a firm more traditionally associated with the likes of Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo.

But perhaps, a few industry observers are suggesting, BMW needed to reach outside to help it envision such a dramatic shift in styling strategy.

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BMW Teases Batmobile-sh Test Mule

Web site tells bloggers to stay away, but real goal is to create an Internet frenzy.

by on Sep.09, 2010

BMW tells us "don't blog about this," but that's just to create an Internet feeding frenzy.

The Web site clearly says that bloggers aren’t supposed to pay any attention to this, but in reality, it’s an attempt to get them to do just that.

BMW registered the domain name dontblogabouthis.com to raise up a frothing Internet frenzy, creating hype for a series of images which look like a BMW 6-Series, even though the automaker won’t even offer it stateside in 2011.

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But a closer look reveals this is more than just a tease for a new 6-Series variant. Clues include skinny, low-profile 195-width tires – with the word “test” stamped on them in yellow – covering aerodynamic-looking wheels. The tires and wheels are large enough to fill the height of the wheel wells, but significantly narrower than any recent 6-Series has worn. As narrow as they are, the rear wheels protrude from the body, requiring crude fender extensions.
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