New spy pics of BMW 1 Series Sedan

Newest spy photos of the F52 BMW 1 Series Sedan, including an interior look. ...

Newest spy photos of the F52 BMW 1 Series Sedan, including an interior look.

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BMW USA July 2015 sales report

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.1 percent in July for a total of 26,970 compared to 26,409 vehicles sold in July, 2014. ...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.1 percent in July for a total of 26,970 compared to 26,409 vehicles sold in July, 2014.

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2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan testing in China

BMW’s first 1 Series Sedan continues testing in China, the primary market for the luxury sedan. Built under the codename F52, the 1 Series Sedan will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan, which are also front-wheel-d...

BMW’s first 1 Series Sedan continues testing in China, the primary market for the luxury sedan. Built under the codename F52, the 1 Series Sedan will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan, which are also front-wheel-drive-based. The sub-3-series model is underpinned by BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which also drives the wheels of the 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, and the new X1. BMW previously sold a 1 Series here in the States, but it was a rear-drive two-door coupe or convertible and it was replaced by the 2 Series family.

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Similar to the larger 3 Series, the front suspension is a strut design, while the rear consists of a multilink arrangement, giving the car good driving dynamics and a quiet ride. The new 1er Sedan model has been developed to support front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. BMW aims to bring the 1 Series Sedan to the same proportions as the E46 3 Series, therefore filling a gap between the 1 Series Hatch and the F30 3 Series Sedan. BMW will separate the F52 from the F20 1 Series hatch by giving it a unique appearance that does not look so closely based on the hatchback itself. The base of the A-pillar is aft of the front wheel, keeping a rear-drive-like dash-to-axle profile and maintaining maximum visual length for the hood, and the front and rear overhangs mimics the ones in the 3 Series. The spy photos reveal an interior design similar to the new X1 and 2 Series tourers, so no big surprises are expected.

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Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units. 6-speed manual and 8-speed Steptronic gearboxes will be offered. BMW has yet to decide if the 1 Series will be sold in the U.S. as well.

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BMW i ChargeForward Pilot Launches in Bay Area

The BMW i ChargeForward Program has begun as an 18-month pilot. The program is now issuing calls to participating BMW i3 drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area to request the interruption of the charging of their EVs for one hour. The pilot study is b...

The BMW i ChargeForward Program has begun as an 18-month pilot. The program is now issuing calls to participating BMW i3 drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area to request the interruption of the charging of their EVs for one hour. The pilot study is being undertaken by the BMW Group Technology Office, together with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), whose service area covers Northern and Central California. Working with a group of nearly 100 BMW i3 drivers, selected from approximately 400 applicants, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to optimizing electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership. The study has two parts: a managed charge pilot program involving BMW i3 owners and a battery second life energy storage system. In the managed charge pilot program, these 100 BMW i3 owners will allow BMW to delay in the charging of their vehicles by up to an hour, based on requests received from PG&E when grid loads are at their peak. The program also includes a “second life” for used MINI E batteries, by repurposing these batteries into a stationary solar-powered electric storage system located at the BMW Technology Office in Mountain View, California.

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“One thing that we’ll be investigating with this pilot is understanding how people charge, how flexible they are with respect to when they charge, and how best to design future products in way that benefits both customers and utilities,” noted Julia Sohnen, Advanced Technology Engineer – Sustainable Mobility at the BMW Group Technology Office USA. Grid efficiency through managed charging, combined with a used EV battery “second life” system. The goal of the pilot is to provide PG&E with up to 100 kilowatts of capacity at any given time, regardless of how many BMW electric vehicles are charging, as part of a voluntary load-reduction program known as “Demand Response.” The benefit to PG&E of more efficient use of existing power grid resources through EV charging management is passed on in the form of monetary incentives to program participants. Improved grid utilization, resulting from EV charging management combined with a solar-powered “second life” battery system, is expected to reduce stresses on the grid and reduce the need for additional peaker plants, thus reducing consumer costs while supporting the integration of renewable energy. Throughout the 18 month pilot, BMW will manage the charging of participating BMW i3 vehicles, while prioritizing the e-mobility needs of participants based on timing by which vehicles should be fully charged, as communicated through a smartphone app. For each program “event,” when PG&E experiences peak load conditions, participants whose vehicles are selected for delayed charging will receive a text message notifying them that their vehicle charging will be halted for up to one hour, thereby temporarily reducing the load on the power grid. Using the BMW i ChargeForward smartphone app, participants can choose to opt out of any request based on their driving needs, however, and their vehicle charging will continue uninterrupted – for example, if they need to depart for a trip during peak load times and need a full charge sooner. As an incentive for participating, selected drivers will receive $1,000 initially, and an additional reward of up to $540 at the conclusion of the program, based on their level of participation in charging Demand Response “events,” as well as participation in occasional BMW or PG&E sponsored surveys or questionnaires. EV battery “second life” system using MINI E vehicle batteries. The battery second life portion of the project involves a full-scale stationary energy system built from eight used MINI E batteries to store energy and return it to the power grid. This 240 kilowatt-hour system, located at the BMW Technology Office in Mountain View, California, is one of the largest second life systems in the world. At the end of a vehicle’s life, these batteries still have at least 70% of their original storage capacity available, making them suitable for re-use. By removing them from the vehicle and installing them in a stationary storage system with integrated solar power generation, new renewable capacity can be added to the grid—supported by resources that once took energy from it. This additional power will supplement the energy load reduction by intelligent management of BMW i3 charging, to ensure PG&E grid needs are met, based on signals sent to BMW by PG&E as part of Demand Response. BMW i ChargeForward pilot goals. The goal of the pilot is to make electric vehicles even more attractive to our customers by ultimately reducing the total cost of EV ownership while demonstrating the ability to integrate renewable energy into the grid, extending the BMW Group’s commitment to sustainability as demonstrated by BMW i. Total cost-of-ownership could be reduced, for example, as utility companies provide drivers with incentives to manage their electric vehicle charge times; these incentives could offset the cost of installing a charging station at home. The article BMW i ChargeForward Pilot Launches in Bay Area appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW and the Apple iCar – Should BMW give the i3 technology?

It has been with a certain amount of humorous cynicism that I’ve watched the articles pour forth on Apple’s reported attempt to induce BMW into letting it purchase the rights to the i3. As purported in many of the articles, Apple is enamo...

It has been with a certain amount of humorous cynicism that I’ve watched the articles pour forth on Apple’s reported attempt to induce BMW into letting it purchase the rights to the i3. As purported in many of the articles, Apple is enamored with the technology of the i3 and they want it for an Apple automotive offering. Could it be done – of course it could and Apple, thanks to the way the i3 is manufactured, could have a completely different skin on their iCar than the i3 does. The exterior panels on the i3 are cosmetic, not structural. Think of all the Fiero-ghinis that have been created and you understand how an Apple car can come with a unique exterior ‘look’.

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But, in the words of Beatrice’s foil, “That’s not how it works, that’s not how any of this works!” Car companies don’t share their best technology with outsiders unless there is something very substantial in it for them. Look at how the Toyota, BMW deal works – Toyota gains access to BMW’s proprietary CFRP production processes and BMW gains access to Toyota’s proprietary hybrid technology. Both companies benefit and both companies products will benefit. The question that has to be asked is what could Apple provide BMW in exchange for the i3 that would deliver a competitive edge to BMW. While the ‘Cult of Mac’ is the envy of any branding fanatic, beyond computer hardware/software where would Apple polish a car manufacturer’s product. Yes, app integration and the rest, but that’s going to happen regardless. Autonomous driving, well BMW has been working on that for some time and as far as we know Apple is new to the field. I’m sorry, but it makes no sense for BMW to hand over the i3 to Apple so that they can fight over customers for the i3. However, what does make sense – and ties in with Apple’s great customer facing experience – is for BMW, working with Apple, to create an Apple edition i3. Selling for a premium, and with clever features heretofore unavailable, an Apple edition i3 makes a compelling case and with some clever mods to the skin you may be able to extend sales of the i3. The article BMW and the Apple iCar – Should BMW give the i3 technology? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW USA Sales rose 2.1 percent in July

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.1 percent in July for a total of 26,970 compared to 26,409 vehicles sold in July, 2014. “July kept the momentum going that we’ve seen throughout the year, producing another strong result for BMW and clearly...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.1 percent in July for a total of 26,970 compared to 26,409 vehicles sold in July, 2014. “July kept the momentum going that we’ve seen throughout the year, producing another strong result for BMW and clearly showing the trend toward our luxury Sports Activity Vehicles”, said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America.  “Now we’re looking forward to the new model introductions of the months ahead including the new 7 Series, the new X1, and the refreshed 3 Series.” In July, notable vehicle sales included the BMW 2 Series which increased 61.1 percent to 1,028 vehicles, the BMW X3 which increased 49.5 percent to 2,340 vehicles and the BMW X5 which increased 123.6 percent to 6,011 vehicles.

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BMW Group Sales In total, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported July sales of 32,161 vehicles, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the 32,220 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. MINI Brand Sales For July, MINI USA reports 5,191 automobiles sold, a decrease of 10.7 percent from the 5,811 sold in the same month a year ago. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In July, BMW Certified Pre-Owned sold 9,645 vehicles, up 6.6 percent over July 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 21.0 percent to 68,041 vehicles sold over the same period in 2014. Total BMW Pre-Owned sales continue to be challenged by low availability with 15,247 vehicles sold in July 2015, a 9.7 percent decrease from July 2014. The Total BMW Pre-Owned cars sold for the first seven months were 108,388, a 5.6 percent decrease from the same period in 2014. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles In July, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) were 1,108 vehicles, up 31.7 percent over July 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 30.2 percent to 6,791 cars over the same period in 2014.  Total MINI Pre-Owned sales were 2,537 cars, an increase of 20.0 percent from July 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for the first seven months were 15,509, a 7.3 percent increase from the same period in 2014. Table 1: New Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, July 2015 July 2015 July 2014 % YTD July 2015 YTD July 2014 % BMW brand 26,970 26,409 2.1 195,593 183,791 6.4 BMW passenger cars 17,819 21,225 -16.0 136,904 132,029 3.7 BMW light trucks 9,151 5,184 76.5 58,689 51,762 13.4 MINI brand 5,191 5,811 -10.7 35,451 29,963 18.3 TOTAL Group 32,161 32,220 -.2 231,044 213,754 8.1 BMW Motorrad Sales With 1,445 retails BMW motorcycles posted their second best July ever. This figure was also 11.1 percent above the 1,301 motorcycles sold in July 2014. The R 1200 GS was the best-selling model in July with 210 units (+30%), and in combination with the new for 2015 R 1200 RS, grew boxer model retails by 56.3 percent to 702 units compared to 449 in July of 2014. With 196 retails (+44%) the new S 1000 RR helped post S-Series growth of 22.2 percent with sales of 336 units compared to 275 this time last year.  Table 2: Motorcycle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, July 2015 July 2015 July 2014 % YTD July 2015 YTD July 2014 % BMW Motorcycles 1,445 1,301 11.1 10,699 9,649 10.9 The article BMW USA Sales rose 2.1 percent in July appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: CAR Magazine reviews the BMW M3 vs C63S AMG

CAR Magazine’s video review of the BMW M3 versus the C63S AMG. ...

CAR Magazine’s video review of the BMW M3 versus the C63S AMG.

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2015 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW and competition’s world premieres

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is on its way, opening September 15th. BMW will have an important showing there, as cars like the new G11/G12 7 Series and X1 will be there. The 7 Series is the big debut, though, as no one has really had the chance to s...

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is on its way, opening September 15th. BMW will have an important showing there, as cars like the new G11/G12 7 Series and X1 will be there. The 7 Series is the big debut, though, as no one has really had the chance to see it in person yet. The X1 is very new, but there have seen test drives and reviews by journalists, so we kind of get what it’s like already. But the Frankfurt Motor Show isn’t just about what BMW will be presenting. There will be several other car companies that will be presenting new cars that BMW needs to keep an eye on. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Porsche will all be presenting new models that compete with BMW. So BMW and its fans should be looking out for those models and competitors as well. Here’s a look at what we might be seeing at Frankfurt. BMW 7 Series

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We all know that the 7er will be there and it will be a good chance for journos and the public to get the first real look at it. This is BMW’s most important car right now, as Mercedes is wiping the floor with everyone else with its new S-Class. So if BMW wants even the slightest piece of that pie, the 7 Series must be a success. BMW X1

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The X1 is an important model for BMW as well, as it’s the entry level BMW into one of the world’s favorite cars — crossovers. The new UKL-based X1 should be big competition to the Audi Q3 and will be very popular amongst suburbanites. It’s set to be one of BMW’s best selling cars if it can get it right. But the Frankfurt Motor Show is where BMW will really gain the popularity of the public with the X1. Audi TT RS

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The original TT RS was one of Audi’s best cars, being a mini Audi R8 of sorts. The new one, based off of the new MQB-based TT, should be one of Audi’s best sports cars. Using a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, also shared with the RS3, it should be incredibly quick and rival BMW’s M4. Audi SQ7

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We all know about the upcoming Audi Q7. It’s been shown and test driven multiple times and has gotten rave reviews. The standard Q7 is built off of Audi’s new MLB platform and is lighter than everything else in class and is said to be better as well. So an SQ7, which will be faster, even lighter and have sharper handling, will an even more popular model. It might also put pressure on BMW’s X5 M. Audi Q6 e-tron

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This is the biggest threat to BMW from Audi. While BMW readies its X5 xDrive40e, Audi will be developing a fully electric coupe-like SUV. This is actually a smart move from Audi, as these coupe-like SUVs, like BMW’s X6 and Mercedes-Benz’s GLE Coupe are incredible popular and attractive. This will give Audi’s new e-tron technology a big popularity boost as it will be wrapped in a sexy coupe-like body and have a sportier appeal, losing the boring stigma behind EVs. It may make BMW consider an X6 xDrive40e in the future. Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

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Replacing the aging GL Class, and continuing with the SUV name changes for Mercedes, the GLS will be BMW X7 competition. We don’t know much about it, but it should put a hamper on the excitement around BMW’s X7 as it won’t be the only big SUV from the Germans at Frankfurt. Mercedes-Benz S Class Cabrio

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The S-Class is already the most popular vehicle in class, and deservedly so as it’s excellent, and the S Class Coupe is already gaining massive popularity, so the Cabriolet should be a huge hit. Those luxurious interiors combined with the killer looks of the Coupe and drop-top motoring should make the S-Class Cabrio one of the most hotly desired cars of the jet-set group. This will be a big hit, no doubt about it. Jaguar F-Pace

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BMW’s X5 is known as the sportier car in the segment, but that’s likely to change when the F-Pace debuts. With Jaguar making some outstandingly good driving cars as of late, there’s no reason why the F-Pace will be any different. It also wears its corporate Jaguar looks far better than most had expected and looks fantastic. It will be one of the most exciting SUVs on the market and the X5 had better look out. Porsche 911

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The newly refreshed Porsche 911 will debut at Frankfurt and be packing (gasp) turbochargers. The turbocharged 911’s are going to be a big deal because A) Porsche enthusiasts are likely to flip their lids and B) whatever Porsche does, the rest of the motoring world seems to follow. So, if it’s okay for Porsche to put turbos on its most prized sports car and it doesn’t ruin the experience, the world will finally start to be okay with turbocharging other sports cars as well, like BMW’s M4. Porsche Pajun

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Porsche’s rumored, and silly-named, 5 Series-fighter is rumored to debut at Frankfurt. We know very little about this car except for that it’s aimed at the 5 Series. If it does indeed debut, it will be tough for BMW to overcome its popularity when the new 5 Series debuts, as people always look to Porsche as the best performing cars on the market. This will hurt BMW, as long as it doesn’t have the frumpy looks of the Panamera. The article 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW and competition’s world premieres appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M2 kidney grilles and part numbers hit Ebay

As is often the case with models that have not even arrived yet, parts for the BMW M2 has already been listed on Ebay. A site member has discovered the kidney grilles for the M2 on the auction site, complete part numbers. This one looks legitimate...

As is often the case with models that have not even arrived yet, parts for the BMW M2 has already been listed on Ebay. A site member has discovered the kidney grilles for the M2 on the auction site, complete part numbers. This one looks legitimate to us.

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BMW, Audi and Daimler to jointly acquire Nokia HERE digital mapping business

BMW, Audi and Daimler will buy Nokia’s mapping business HERE for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for connected cars. The three automakers will each hold an equal stake in HERE,...

BMW, Audi and Daimler will buy Nokia’s mapping business HERE for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for connected cars. The three automakers will each hold an equal stake in HERE, which is one of the biggest vehicle-navigation suppliers, and none of them seeks to acquire a majority interest. “For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully autonomous driving,” the companies said in a joint statement today. The deal underscores the German competitors’ push for self-driving systems independent of technology giants such as Google, which is looking at entering the auto industry. Intelligent mapping systems are the basis on which self-driving cars linked to wireless networks can perform intelligent functions such as recalculating a route if data about a traffic jam or an accident is transmitted to the car. In the future, such mapping systems will have a role to play in collision detection and other features of self-driving. While there has previously been limited cooperation on auto parts, the joint acquisition on this scale involving BMW, Volkswagen Group’s Audi division and Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is unprecedented. Supplying HERE’s technology to other carmakers would also enable the German partners to tap into a market for automotive data and connectivity that consulting company McKinsey & Co. estimates could surge sixfold from current levels to 180 billion euros by 2020. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year. Nokia said it will get net proceeds on the sale of slightly more than 2.5 billion euros. HERE supplies map data for about 80 percent of cars with in-dash navigation systems in North America and Europe. Nokia is shedding the maps business to help it focus on integrating its 15.6 billion-euro purchase of Alcatel Lucent, a deal that will create the world’s second largest network equipment maker. Suitors for HERE included Chinese web services company Baidu, private-equity firm Apax Partners in cooperation with U.S. online car-booking provider Uber Technologies and Microsoft, according to people familiar with the matter. Reuters and Bloomberg contributed to this report. __________________________________________ BMW Press Release August 3, 2015 - Acquisition will secure and strengthen HERE as an independent company serving customers from all industries - Real-time maps and location based services will be the basis for the mobility of tomorrow - Transaction expected to close in first quarter 2016 Ingolstadt, Munich, Stuttgart – August 3rd, 2015. AUDI AG, the BMW Group and Daimler AG have agreed with Nokia Corporation that they will acquire its mapping and location services business HERE. The acquisition is intended to secure the long term availability of HERE’s products and services as an open, independent and value creating platform for cloud-based maps and other mobility services accessible to all customers from the automotive industry and other sectors. The three partners will each hold an equal stake in HERE; none of them seeks to acquire a majority interest. Subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016. HERE is laying the foundations for the next generation of mobility and location based services. For the automotive industry this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully autonomous driving. Extremely precise digital maps will be used in combination with real-time vehicle data in order to increase road safety and to facilitate innovative new products and services. On the basis of the shared raw data, all automobile manufacturers can offer their customers differentiated and brand-specific services. “Our environment is constantly changing. That’s why the information in digital maps has to be continually updated so that maximum utility can be offered,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. The high-precision cameras and sensors installed in modern cars are the digital eyes for updating mobility data and maps; in this way, information such as speed limits or critical driving situations are already recognized today. All data gained will be processed in compliance with strict data-protection rules. “HERE will play a key role in the digital revolution of mobility, combining high definition maps and data from vehicles to make travel safer and easier for everyone,” explained Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. This knowledge will be to the benefit of all carmakers and their customers. “High-precision digital maps are a crucial component of the mobility of the future. With the joint acquisition of HERE, we want to secure the independence of this central service for all vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and customers in other industries,” stated Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Swarm intelligence will create new information density for road maps ”HERE will be able to offer users a continuously improving product, bringing highly automated driving and location based services a step further. As the volume of anonymized data from the vehicles increases, services will become more convenient, more connected and further tailored to the users’ individual requirements,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development, Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development, and Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Group Research. It is the explicit intention that all HERE customers are to benefit from this continuous optimization. The social benefits of swarm intelligence are enormous: They facilitate warnings of hazards in real time, of icy roads for example, based on calculations of individual data such as ABS activations and outside temperature. Upcoming traffic jams will be identified more precisely in the future, significantly reducing the risk of accidents. In this way, the vision of accident-free driving is gradually becoming reality. In a further stage, the data could be used to learn about critical bends on the road, in order to warn drivers in good time or to activate assistance systems. Anticipation of green phases of stoplights could navigate vehicles through an urban area on a “green wave” with the appropriate engine performance and minimized fuel consumption. High-precision maps are important for autonomous driving and many other forms of assistance systems, as these technologies require an up-to-date plan of a vehicle’s surroundings exact to the nearest centimeter, in order to react in real time. While HERE already produces extremely precise static maps, they can be verified more exactly and continually updated with a constant flow of data from vehicles’ surroundings. HERE will continue to offer its services and products across industries HERE provides mapping and location intelligence for nearly 200 countries in more than 50 languages and is one of the main providers of mapping and location services. The company will continue to develop its position as a strong and independent provider of maps and location-based services, will expand its product offering and continue to make it available to all customers across industries. The management of HERE will continue to be independent – with the goal of moving the HERE business case forward as a platform, open to all customers. The consortium will not interfere into operational business.

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