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BMW Welt Reopens in Munich As Coronavirus Restrictions in Germany Ease

The BMW Welt, BMW’s €500 million ($540 million) brand experience and delivery center, reopened Friday after closing on March 17, following a directive issued by the Bavarian government for all tourist attractions to close.
Now the most popular tourist attraction in Munich, the BMW Welt opened its doors on October 17, 2007 with 800 guests in attendance, followed by a Tag der Öffenen Tür – or Open House – on …

General Motors Shuts Down Maven Car-Sharing Service

General Motors Shuts Down Maven Car-Sharing Service

General Motors said Tuesday it would shutter its car-sharing service, Maven.
The General launched Maven in 2016, calling it a competitor to Zipcar.  The service offered new GM vehicles equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and a 4G LTE Internet connection but it struggled to build a substantial following.
Maven had suspended its services in March.
“We’ve gained extremely valuable insights from operating our own car-sharing business,” said Pamela Fletcher, the …

Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Volvo to Restart Production in Europe Next Week

Automakers in Europe – which employ some 9% of factory workers in the European Union – said they would cautiously begin to reopen their plants.
Volkswagen will reopen assembly lines in Zwickau, Germany, and Bratislava, Slovakia, on Monday, and Volvo will restart production at its Torslanda factory in Sweden.  Daimler, parent of Mercedes-Benz, said that it will resume production in Berlin, Hamburg, and Untertürkheim, with plants inSindelfingen and Bremen to follow.
BMW …

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Passes 150,000, U.S. Caseload Over 700,000, Shakespeare in the Park Cancelled

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Passes 150,000, U.S. Caseload Over 700,000, Shakespeare in the Park Cancelled

IN BRIEF
As the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus worldwide crossed the 150,000 mark, some good news emerged including a drop in Italy in the number of patients in intensive care stations and in hospitals.
While some parts of the United States contemplate reopening the economy, experts maintain that testing there needs to double or triple before it can be done safely.
Meanwhile, residents of several U.S. states planned protests against …

CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect Giant TVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

The Consumer Electronics Show, which prefers to be known as the CES, will open its doors Sunday, unleashing an avalanche of giant TVs, robots, sex toys from the future, and all kinds of gadgets, many with Alexa built in.
What the CES is not is a platform for some of the world’s largest tech companies including Apple, Amazon, and Google, to launch new products as they tend to prefer their own …

BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

BMW said it would discontinue the unpopular annual subscription fee it charges some drivers to use their vehicle’s Apple CarPlay feature.
The Bavarian automaker introduced the fee in 2016, first as a one-time $300 fee and then as an annual $80 subscription. The fee did not apply to older vehicles with CarPlay functionality.  BMW was the only automaker to charge such a fee.
The company had justified the fee in part because …

BMW Recalls Thousands of Older Models for Defective Airbags

BMW Recalls Thousands of Older Models for Defective Airbags

BMW announced the recall of 116,000 models manufactured between 1999 and 2001.
The move comes after a new and distinct problem was uncovered in air bags made by Takata, which in 2017 filed for bankruptcy after being at the center of the world’s largest auto safety recall.  Like the earlier problem, however, the new issue will cause airbags to explode and hurl shrapnel, which could result in the death of injury …