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BMW’s ‘Digital Key Plus’ With Ultra-Wideband Technology is Coming to the Electric iX SUV

BMW’s ‘Digital Key Plus’ With Ultra-Wideband Technology is Coming to the Electric iX SUV

Automaker BMW announced that its new Digital Key Plus, which uses ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, will launch with the upcoming BMW iX​ for the Apple iPhone. It replaces the common RFID key fob for the vehicle. Apple’s U1 chip also supports ultra-wideband positioning, so the BMW iX and iPhone have the ability to determine each other's precise location once they are in close proximity.

FutureCar Staff 2021-01-13 17:15 PT

BMW is Exporting its China-Made iX3 Electric SUV to 39 Countries

BMW is Exporting its China-Made iX3 Electric SUV to 39 Countries

German automaker BMW is now exporting its China-built iX3 electric SUV to countries around the world. The iX3 is being built by Brilliance BMW, the automaker’s joint venture with Chinese vehicle manufacturer Brilliance Auto, which was launched in March 2003. The first China-made iX3s were shipped on Nov. 11 from the Port of Dalian to 39 countries and districts, most of which are in Europe.

FutureCar Staff 2020-11-13 12:55 PT

BMW Unveils the Electric iX SUV - New Competition For Tesla

BMW Unveils the Electric iX SUV - New Competition For Tesla

German automaker BMW also has big plans to build electric vehicles, which is no secret. On Wednesday, the automaker revealed its new fully-electric iX SUV aimed at luring buyers away from Tesla. The electric iX will enter a fast-growing field of new battery-powered SUVs from Audi, Ford Motor Co, General Motors and others.

FutureCar Staff 2020-11-12 15:00 PT

The BMW iX3 Enters Production Featuring the Automaker's Next-Gen Electric Powertrain

The BMW iX3 Enters Production Featuring the Automaker's Next-Gen Electric Powertrain

German automaker BMW has begun production of its highly anticipated iX3 fully-electric SUV in China. The battery-powered offering will be the first BMW model to feature the company’s next-generation all-electric drivetrain.

Manish Kharinta2020-10-12 16:30 PT

BMW to Equip Vehicles With Tactical Sensing Software in 2021 With a New Partnership

BMW to Equip Vehicles With Tactical Sensing Software in 2021 With a New Partnership

German automaker BMW has signed a commercial agreement with Israel-based tactile data and sensing company Tactile Mobility. As part of the partnership, BMW will equip its vehicles with software technology from Tactical Mobility beginning in 2021. The collaboration is one of the first commercial integrations of tactile sensing technology and data by a major automaker.

Eric Walz2020-09-15 18:45 PT

BMW to Double its EV Battery Production in China, Opens a New High-Voltage Battery Center

BMW to Double its EV Battery Production in China, Opens a New High-Voltage Battery Center

German automaker BMW is increasing its battery production capacity in China to meet the growing demand for its partial and fully-electric vehicles, as the automaker gears up to build new fully electric models. The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture has expanded its battery factory in Tiexi with the establishment of a new “High-Voltage Battery Center.”

Eric Walz2020-09-14 12:20 PT

BMW’s Upcoming Hydrogen SUV to Have 374 HP, Be Refilled in 3 Minutes

BMW’s Upcoming Hydrogen SUV to Have 374 HP, Be Refilled in 3 Minutes

Electric vehicles aren’t the only thing that BMW’s working on, as the German brand recently released a few details on its upcoming hydrogen-powered SUV.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-04-04 05:00 PT

BMW Decides its New iX3 Electric SUV is Not Coming to the U.S. as Planned

BMW Decides its New iX3 Electric SUV is Not Coming to the U.S. as Planned

German automaker BMW has decided not to sell the electric iX3 model in the U.S. The electric SUV was supposed to reach U.S. dealer showrooms sometime this year.

FutureCar Staff 2020-03-09 15:55 PT

BMW Reveals its Fully-Electric 530 HP Concept i4 Sedan, the First of Many New Electrified Models

BMW Reveals its Fully-Electric 530 HP Concept i4 Sedan, the First of Many New Electrified Models

The fully-electric BMW Concept i4 was unveiled in a “virtual world premier” in Munich on Tuesday. The i4 one of the most anticipated new electric models from any automaker and will be available in 2021.

Eric Walz2020-03-03 10:30 PT

BMW Invests $25 Million in Silicon Valley-based Software Motor Company

BMW Invests $25 Million in Silicon Valley-based Software Motor Company

BMW i Ventures, the EUR 500 million venture capital fund of German automaker BMW, announced today a $25 million investment in Silicon Valley-based Software Motor Company (SMC). The company is developing technology to create the “world’s most efficient electric motor.”

Eric Walz2020-01-22 15:45 PT

BMW Upcoming iX2 Electric Crossover Spied for the First Time

BMW Upcoming iX2 Electric Crossover Spied for the First Time

a prototype of BMW's upcoming iX2 Electric Crossover was spied for the first time in Sweden.

Manish Kharinta2019-12-15 13:30 PT

BMW Announces its Vehicles Will Support Android Auto in Mid-2020

BMW Announces its Vehicles Will Support Android Auto in Mid-2020

German BMW announced that starting next year its vehicles will come with Android Auto wireless support, so drivers won’t need to sync their smartphones or plug in a USB cable each time they get into their vehicle. BMW said that Android Auto wireless support will be available in its vehicle lineup beginning in mid-2020.

FutureCar Staff 2019-12-11 10:45 PT

BMW Showcases Upcoming i4, Claims 373 Miles of Range

BMW Showcases Upcoming i4, Claims 373 Miles of Range

After years of teasing the i4 all-electric sedan, BMW finally confirmed some information on its EV that will compete with the Tesla Model S and Model 3.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-11-24 16:00 PT

BMW Announces its Next-Gen Digital Key Technology

BMW Announces its Next-Gen Digital Key Technology

BMW announced today an update to its digital key technology that the automaker plans to introduce by the end of the year. BMW’s updated Digital Key will be enhanced by the ultra-wideband (UWB)-based release 3.0. This will offer maximum anti-theft protection and enable precise localization between the device and the vehicle.

FutureCar Staff 2019-11-12 11:10 PT

BMW i Ventures Announces Investment in Cartica AI

BMW i Ventures Announces Investment in Cartica AI

BMW i Ventures announced today an investment in Cartica AI, a leading automotive visual intelligence platform developing next-generation AI capabilities for the automotive industry that harnesses the computational resources of an average car.

Eric Walz2019-09-03 13:30 PT

Rumor Mill: The BMW M140e Hatchback to Feature a 400 HP Electrified Powertrain

Rumor Mill: The BMW M140e Hatchback to Feature a 400 HP Electrified Powertrain

There are rumors surfacing of an electrified hot-hatchback dubbed the “BMW M140e.” What makes this electric hatchback just as exciting as other offerings from BMW is that the M140e is expected to churn out 400 horsepower.

Manish Kharinta2019-08-13 09:00 PT

Quick Comparison: Long Range Tesla Model X vs. the BMW X5 50i

Quick Comparison: Long Range Tesla Model X vs. the BMW X5 50i

A quick comparison of the long-range version of Tesla Model X SUV and the BMW X5 50i.

Manish Kharinta2019-08-11 11:18 PT

BMW Brings its Wireless EV Charging Pilot to the U.S. for the 530e Plug-in Hybrid

BMW Brings its Wireless EV Charging Pilot to the U.S. for the 530e Plug-in Hybrid

BMW announced it’s launching its inductive charging pilot program for the hybrid 530e sedan in the U.S. The inductive EV charging technology allows the 530e plug-in hybrid sedan to be charged without cables.

Eric Walz2019-08-09 11:15 PT

BMW to Double EV Battery Production Capacity at its U.S. Assembly Plant

BMW to Double EV Battery Production Capacity at its U.S. Assembly Plant

​The BMW Group announced on Wednesday that it would double its production capacity for electric vehicle batteries at its U.S. plant in South Carolina as it ramps up manufacturing of plug-in hybrid vehicles, including the first ever X3 plug-in hybrid.

FutureCar Staff 2019-07-24 16:35 PT

BMW, Tencent to Open Computing Center in China For Self-Driving Cars

BMW, Tencent to Open Computing Center in China For Self-Driving Cars

German automaker BMW and Chinese internet technology giant Tencent Holdings are teaming up to launch a computing center in China that will help support self-driving cars in the world’s biggest auto market, the companies said on Friday.

Eric Walz2019-07-19 13:35 PT

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