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Staying connected: car makers race to offer remote-control functions - The Globe and Mail
PETER NOWAK
CHICAGO
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, JUL. 25, 2017

BMW, for one, is charging hard toward remote-control functions. The Munich-based company’s new Connected+ app, recently previewed for press, will allow drivers to look up routes on their phones and send them directly to their car’s navigation system, share live trip status and location with contacts and remotely see what’s going on around their vehicle.

With the Connected+ app, drivers can share live trip status and location with contacts.

The trip-status sharing feature can show friends or family members exactly where a driver is via a private website and provides continually updating arrival-time estimates. The remote monitoring ability, meanwhile, uses the car’s cameras to build a three-dimensional view of the car’s surroundings. The real-time image can then be viewed remotely on a smartphone.

The app can also provide drivers with walking directions to their destinations once they leave their vehicle and automatically add nearby gas stations to navigational routes if it detects that the car is running low.

The Connected+ app will work with cars in production as of this month and will be compatible later this year with older vehicles using versions five or six of BMW’s iDrive computer system......BMW’s chief competitors, Audi and Mercedez-Benz, have similar apps – MMI Connect and Mercedes me, respectively – that allow drivers to remotely access and precondition their vehicles. Industry analysts expect both car makers are also working on adding additional features, a trend that is being fuelled by growing expectations from consumers for continually updating products.

The trend began with smartphones and mobile apps, but became popular with Tesla owners when the electric-car manufacturer started offering over-the-air software updates. Other car makers are now seeing that such updates can significantly raise customer-satisfaction levels.

“You get this sense that they are dedicated to giving you an experience platform and not just this list of things that you get when you buy the car,” Mr. Ramsay says. “Now, when you buy it, that list may be ever-growing.”
connected_devices  smartphones  mobile_applications  BMW  Audi  connected_cars  Mercedes  remote_monitoring 
july 2017 by jerryking
Looking Beyond the Internet of Things
JAN. 1, 2016 | NYT | By QUENTIN HARDY.

Adam Bosworth is building what some call a “data singularity.” In the Internet of Things, billions of devices and sensors would wirelessly connect to far-off data centers, where millions of computer servers manage and learn from all that information.

Those servers would then send back commands to help whatever the sensors are connected to operate more effectively: A home automatically turns up the heat ahead of cold weather moving in, or streetlights behave differently when traffic gets bad. Or imagine an insurance company instantly resolving who has to pay for what an instant after a fender-bender because it has been automatically fed information about the accident.

Think of it as one, enormous process in which machines gather information, learn and change based on what they learn. All in seconds.... building an automated system that can react to all that data like a thoughtful person is fiendishly hard — and that may be Mr. Bosworth’s last great challenge to solve....this new era in computing will have effects far beyond a little more efficiency. Consumers could see a vast increase in the number of services, ads and product upgrades that are sold alongside most goods. And products that respond to their owner’s tastes — something already seen in smartphone upgrades, connected cars from BMW or Tesla, or entertainment devices like the Amazon Echo — could change product design.
Quentin_Hardy  Industrial_Internet  data  data_centers  data_driven  machine_learning  Google  Amazon  cloud_computing  connected_devices  BMW  Tesla  Amazon_Echo  product_design  Michael_McDerment  personalization  connected_cars 
january 2016 by jerryking
BMW, Daimler Test Electric Scooters - WSJ.com
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By VANESSA FUHRMANS.
electric_cars  motorcycles  scooters  BMW 
october 2010 by jerryking
U.S. Auto Dealers Crack Chinese Market - WSJ.com
APRIL 28, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By NORIHIKO SHIROUZU
China  private_equity  automotive_industry  luxury  BMW 
may 2010 by jerryking
Luxury Cars: Can China Save the Industry?
September 9, 2009 | WSJ. Magazine | By Gordon Fairclough. The
economic slowdown has slammed the brakes on the fortunes of high-end car
makers around the globe....While the rest of the world stalls, China is
rapidly becoming the most important market for high-end auto makers.
luxury  automotive_industry  motorcycles  China  BMW  Porsche  Audi 
december 2009 by jerryking

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