Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia’s Digital Mapping Service

Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia’s Digital Mapping Service

Audi, BMW, and Daimler, three of Germany’s largest luxury automakers, will purchase Finnish communications company Nokia’s digital mapping service, Nokia Here, for approximately €2.5 billion ($2.71 billion).
The news was first reported in Manager Magazin, which said that the deal is likely to close by the end of the month.
Nokia’s high-definition real-time digital map data is essential to the development of self-driving vehicles and other driver assistance systems.
After the transaction has …

Lobby Bar – July 17: The Transcontinental Aqueduct, Music to your Earplugs, and Citrus Drama


Lobby Bar – An Off-the-Wall Summary of FBT News and Views 
Lime disease. Paul Riegler discusses the final stages on the American Airlines and US Airways merger.  Despite the long-fought battle, when confronted with the ever-important question of how it will slice its limes, American and US Airways couldn’t handle the pressure and decided to dissolve both companies.
Empty pocketed. Jesse Sokolow wants to make sure you travel safely this summer, and …

2015 BMW 228i Convertible – Review and Road Test

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June means one thing in my book: droptop season. No sooner had the calendar turned and Memorial Day passed than convertibles and roadsters began their pilgrimage to the Frequent Business Traveler garage. One of the first in line was a Glacier Silver Metallic BMW 228i Convertible (Cabrio in its home market), the ragtop version of the new two-door 2 Series that replaced the two-door 1 Series (BMW now reserves even …

Lobby Bar – June 12: Nintendo’s First Car, How to Fly For Free, and Dessert With Obama


Lobby Bar – An on Steroids Summary of FBT News and Views
Tony, who?  The 69th Tony Awards took place last weekend in New York City where “Fun Home” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” each took home five awards.  FBT editor Paul Riegler also received an award for seeing each play 25 times… come to think of it, the “award” was actually a restraining order.
Friendsidentialness.  President …

BMW Debuts New 2016 7 Series Sedan

BMW Debuts New 2016 7 Series Sedan

MUNICH – At the BMW Welt in Munich, BMW announced the premier of the sixth-generation 7 Series sedan. Slated to arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fall, two gasoline-powered models will be available, a 740i and a 750i xDrive.
Diesel variants in other markets including Germany will include a 730d and a 730Ld.  A 740e plug-in hybrid model will also be available.
The new 7er makes extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic …

Lobby Bar – April 3: Coen Brothers Present Fat Airplanes, Fabulous Bathing, and Winged Autos


Lobby Bar – A Delicious Summary of FBT News and Views – Hold the Mayo
Slay, gurl. Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren checks into the “Fabulous Room” at the W Taipei Hotel in Taiwan.  True to its name, the room was decorated with rainbow streamers and unicorn nightstands. The disco-ball in the shower creates a defining bathing experience – who needs nightclubs?
Welcome intruders. Jonathan Spira arrived home to his apartment one day to find …

Report from the 2015 New York International Auto Show


NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday and runs through April 12. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
On Wednesday, the first press day, multiple automakers showed a mix of large luxury and performance vehicles from Cadillac, Lexus, and Lincoln as well …