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BMW

BMW's HP4 is the first supersports bike to feature cornering ABS

When motorcycle ABS first came out, many riders (including myself) took a dim view of it - until we tried it, and realised just how incredible it was to be able to jam on the brakes fearlessly in the wet and on imperfect surfaces. But you still had to be careful putting the brakes on in a corner. Now, BMW has announced ABS Pro - the first lean angle-sensitive ABS system for a supersports bike, so road riders can brake safely, effectively and extremely quickly while the bike's leaned over.  Read More

BMW Korea Driving Center bird's eye view

BMW has invested some US$75.5 million building the ultimate test drive center in Incheon, near Seoul, South Korea. Customers can stretch the legs of BMW's range of performance cars and motorcycles on a 2.6-kilometer (1.6-mile) closed circuit racetrack, or put an SUV through its paces on an off road area. The 240,000-square meter (almost 60 acre) site will also house a service center, bars and restaurants, training academy, historical exhibits, kids' area – and of course, a giant BMW and MINI showroom.  Read More

The BMW charging system uses a primary coil in the floor and a secondary coil in the car

Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids may be green and sustainable, but that doesn't mean much if you forget to plug them in the night before. To overcome this frustrating morning surprise, BMW Group is developing a new generation of wireless inductive charger technology that’s comparable in speed to cables, but requires no more effort than parking and pressing a button.  Read More

BMW has provided 3D-printed thumb supports for some of its factory workers in a pilot proj...

3D printing has proved very useful in the health and medical sectors. The technology has been used to produce custom insoles, a mouthpiece for sleep apnea sufferers and even a replacement skull. Now, BMW has produced custom thumb orthoses for its factory workers to combat strained joints.  Read More

The system use 3D cameras to detect and record gestures

Quality control is a vital part of modern manufacturing. Not only does it decrease the chances of a dissatisfied customer, but it reduces waste and, therefore, cost. However, inspecting products on the assembly line can itself be expensive, time consuming, and not as accurate as it should be. To speed things up a bit, BMW has developed a new system for inspecting bumpers that uses gestures to allow inspectors to literally point out defects.  Read More

The driver controls the camera with BMW's infotainment system

Twisty roads through wooded forests, speed-optimized track laps, leisurely drives along the breezy coast – whatever your daily or weekend commute looks like, it might be the perfect subject for an HD video. BMW is making it easier to use the popular GoPro action camera to capture such driving moments. It has worked with GoPro to integrate camera control into its infotainment architecture.  Read More

The new Mini 5-door has two proper rear doors, thanks to an extension of the wheelbase

The Mini Cooper got a bit less mini as BMW rolled out its first 5-door version of the premium compact. Having launched its new Mini line last year, BMW is following up with four petrol and diesel-powered variants that boast not only an extra pair of doors, but also a longer wheelbase, more interior room, and a redesigned central instrument cluster for better at-a-glance feedback.  Read More

The new M3 and M4

BMW’s cult hero is back, with a new name and a new outlook on the modern performance car. The new M3 Sedan and its coupe cousin, now known as the M4, have been launched with the weight of worldwide expectation sitting on their shoulders. The new models mark a shift from BMW M's naturally aspirated, revvy past to a new turbocharged era – but does this mean the company has sacrificed its renowned razor sharp throttle response for the sake of economy?  Read More

The BMW i8 - a high-performance, high-efficiency stepping stone between the oil age and th...

BMW's "sportscar of the future" is about to begin customer deliveries. The i8 is a plug-in hybrid with a short fully electric range, 112 miles per gallon hybrid efficiency and a very feisty, 357 horsepower, all wheel drive sports mode that fires it to 60 mph in four and a half seconds. It's a very clever piece of engineering and a beautiful piece of futurist auto art – a stepping stone between the oil age and the electric future. Take a closer look in our huge photo gallery and video overview.  Read More

The one-off Superleggera Vision by Carrozzeria is a boutique piece shown off at the 2014 C...

Upon first glance, the MINI Superleggera Vision features a design taking inspiration from Bentley, the Jaguar F-type, Aston Martin and various Porsche 911 iterations. With a Jaguar D-type styled dorsal fin on the trunk, the concept speedster isn’t actually designed by MINI at all, but rather by Touring Superleggera.  Read More

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