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BMW Debuts ReachNow Ride-Sharing Service, Now Available in Seattle

BMW Debuts ReachNow Ride-Sharing Service, Now Available in Seattle

BMW announced the launch of ReachNow, a new car-sharing service. ReachNow’s first location is in Seattle, Washington, which will also serve as the company’s headquarters. The company also said that it plans to launch the service in three additional U.S. cities this year and eventually serve a total of ten North American cities.
ReachNow is starting off with an initial fleet of 370 vehicles, including the BMW i3, the BMW 3 …

Exclusive Interview and First Look: BMW’s All-New BMW Connected Mobility App

The app will automatically start the car's navigation with the desired destination.

BMW of North America announced a new complete new BMW Connected app at the Microsoft Build developer conference Thursday. The new app is intended to go beyond typical vehicle functionality and integrate (and ingratiate) itself into the driver’s schedule and daily routine.
Frequent Business Traveler sat down with Randy Cavaiani, director of partner and product marketing at BMW, to discuss the implications of BMW Connected as well as what the future …

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid – Review and Test Drive

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When BMW first introduced the X5 in 1999, purists were shocked. The Bavarian automaker was known for sports sedans, not trucks, but the Sport Activity Vehicle, as BMW called it to differentiate it from a less sporty SUV, garnered accolades left and right.
Now in its third generation, introduced in 2013, the basic premise of the X5 continues while the range of models has increased dramatically from the original inline six …

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers representing almost the entirety of the U.S. market joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in announcing plans to install automatic emergency braking on almost all new cars sold in the United States by 2022.
The list of automakers, which is a who’s who of the industry, includes Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, …

Lobby Bar – March 11: BMWs of the Future, Zero Gravity in Copenhagen, and Cooking in Thin Air

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Lobby Bar – A Contemptible Consolidation of FBT News and Views
Juvenile Joe. Jonathan Spira flies from Heathrow to Copenhagen while eating a Danish. The flight attendant was out sick, so an 8-year-old boy was called out of his seat to assist with the in-flight service. He was doing fine until something possessed him to try to open the emergency exit mid-flight, upon which he was relieved of his duties.
Bar none. …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2016 North American International Auto Show

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DETROIT— The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Every year the show kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia.
The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 11 and 12, followed by two industry preview days and a charity day.
The …

BMW and Nissan Announce EV Charging Station Networks in 19 States

BMW and Nissan Announce EV Charging Station Networks in 19 States

BMW and Nissan announced plans to jointly launch a network of dual-port fast chargers across the nation to support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 owners in 19 states.
The two automakers have installed 120 dual-port 50kW DC Fast-charging stations and hope to promote the adoption of electric vehicles with the promise of easier public access to charging stations. The charging stations are being managed by Greenlots, a company that specializes in …