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Thursday, 04 January 2018 14:08

Why and How To Update Your BMW's Navigation Maps

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There was a time when regular oil changes and a new set of tires once in a while was all the routine maintenance a vehicle needed. But to keep a modern, iDrive-toting BMW at its best, there's a little more to it. Whether updating your iDrive software or uploading the latest maps to the factory navigation system, keeping your BMW's iDrive up-to-date should be a regular task, just like maintaining any other part of your vehicle. In fact, BMW recommend updating your navigation system's maps twice a year, or annually at the very least. To check the map version in…
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A SmartView kit from BimmerTech lets you use iOS and Android apps on your BMW's iDrive display. But with a little imagination (and fair bit of perseverance), it can be the foundation for so much more. Virginian BimmerTech customer and tech fanatic Greg Kashmer found a way to add iOS, Apple TV and Blu-ray functionality to his X1's factory iDrive system. And because that definitely sounds like something worth doing, we asked him to give us a step-by-step account of his journey from factory iDrive to in-car multimedia hub. My ‘Perfected’ Journey I have a 2016 BMW X1 F48 that…
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:46

How Convinced Are You by BMW's Electric Vehicles?

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It isn't exactly a secret that BMW has been making a real push towards developing a competitive range of electric vehicles. BMW is already selling far more luxury hybrid and all-electric vehicles in Europe than any other manufacturer, and are planning to increase that number by another 50% next year. Then we hear that BMW has already secured the names iX1 through iX9, ready to launch an electric iX3 SUV in the next few years. Oh, and that it's taking a leading role in developing the FastCharge system, promising three times the charging capacity of existing stations. Recharging could then…
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The Baja 1000 isn't somewhere you'd expect to see a BMW (unless it's a motorcycle, of course). There's something about over 1100 miles of gruesome desert terrain that doesn't exactly scream 'let's get an M3 out there.' So it probably won't come as any surprise that semi-legendary BMW tuning house Turner Motorsport won't be taking one of their track cars to Ensenada as one of the most challenging off-road endurance races going kicks off. But they will be there. Turner drivers Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala, Jay Baier and Will Turner himself will be joined by Dutchman Oskar Slingerland and James…
Friday, 20 October 2017 09:03

Replacing Your BMW Remote Key Fob

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Getting a new set of keys for your BMW used to be pretty simple. Just take your key to the watch / jewelry / shoe / etc. repair guy down the street who also happened to offer while-you-wait key cutting, and get a whole bunch made. Modern remote keys have plenty of security benefits and make it easy to get into your car and hit the road—particularly if your BMW or MINI has the Comfort Access feature. But for all this convenience, they can be a real pain to get copies of. Maybe you want a spare in case you…
Friday, 29 September 2017 11:39

BMW: Use Amazon Alexa Behind the Wheel From 2018

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There's nothing quite like speaking and having things automagically happen around you. Or, at least, that's what BMW seem to betting on, with their announcement that Amazon's Alexa personal assistant will be built into BMW and MINI vehicles from mid-2018. For anybody used to using an Echo at home, taking advantage of the same capabilities behind the wheel is probably going to feel like second nature. And it makes an awful lot of sense; voice control is the perfect match for an in-car computer, offering safe and convenient hands-free operation. What sets Alexa apart from competing in-car systems from Apple…
Friday, 08 September 2017 14:49

What's the Future of BMW i?

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BMW isn't about to let Tesla run away with the EV market. It was announced Tuesday that we'll be seeing an all-electric four-door concept car from BMW at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show. Though details are scarce, tongues are already wagging at the thought of BMW launching a direct competitor for the Tesla Model 3. With a battery-powered MINI concept also promised for Frankfurt, BMW certainly isn't keeping its EV cards close to its chest. Of course, it isn't the company's first foray into electric vehicles, but it's fair to say it's been a mixed bag so far. The plug-in…
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A decent infotainment system is a must for any modern car intended for everyday driving. The major auto manufacturers have all cottoned on, each developing their own systems in-house and making them available in most of their latest models. Hot on their heels is a proliferation of third-party hardware and software designed to add new features to your vehicle. Short of installing a tablet in your dashboard or building your own carputer from a single-board computer, there are three main options for BMW owners to choose from: the native iDrive interface developed by BMW; Apple's CarPlay system; and Android Auto…
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BimmerTech has always striven to help BMW owners customize their cars with the latest technology upgrades. Now, we're excited to announce that we're continuing in that tradition; our new range of convenience retrofits let you add the ease-of-use features you're looking for—and only the features you’re looking for. For many, Comfort Access is a must-have convenience feature. And if you've ever experienced it, you'll understand why... A remote sensor recognizes your unique key as you approach your vehicle, letting you unlock your doors by simply touching the handle. Now, BimmerTech lets you add this feature to your BMW. Our Comfort…
Monday, 10 April 2017 13:41

5 Things To Do in Your BMW This Spring

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The days are getting longer. The birds are starting to sing again. Crystalline blankets of snow are at last relenting as long-oppressed blades of grass reach towards the heavens. Spring. A time of rebirth. And the perfect moment to breathe new life into your BMW. Maybe your car’s been in storage for the winter, or you might just not have felt much like driving these last few weeks. Whatever your situation, now is the time to start afresh—whether that means making a few changes, or getting back to the car you know and love. To help get you in the…
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