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Volkswagen Group soon to have autonomous parking ready for series vehicles

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Orientation is provided for them by simple pictorial markers installed in the multi-storey car park. Its advantage: this can be used in essentially any car park. The function is set to be available for the first customers in selected multi-storey car parks from the start of the next decade. Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer of the Volkswagen Group, says: “Autonomous parking can make an important contribution to creating convenient, stress-free mobility for our customers. We therefore want to democratise the technology and make it acces... Read More »

New centre of excellence for autonomous driving. BMW officially opens its autonomous driving campus in Unterschleißheim near Munich

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The BMW Group’s campus for autonomous driving is a state-of-the-art centre of excellence that covers every base when it comes to offering greater capacity for innovation and increased development efficiency – and ultimately securing the company’s future sustainability. 15 months ago, the BMW Group took the decision to pool together its development expertise in the fields of vehicle connectivity and highly / fully automated driving at a single location. The campus, which offers 23,000 square metres of office space with room for 1,800 employee... Read More »

BMW M5 voted World Performance Car 2018

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There were a total of eleven vehicles in this category – performance-oriented cars of which at least 2,000 units are produced per year and which are available for purchase on at least two continents from 1 January 2017 until 31 May 2018. Selection and voting in all categories was carried out by an international jury made up of 82 leading automobile journalists from 24 countries. The BMW M5 is fitted with the latest version of the 4.4-litre V8 engine with M Twin Power Turbo Technology. An output of 600 hp and a maximum torque of 750 Nm guaran... Read More »

ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab on the hunt for new talent at the international ‘Smart Mobility Hackathon’

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During the three-day event, the participating teams – including designers, students, programmers and creative minds from various fields – will be working on projects relating to the individual mobility of the future such as autonomous driving or the use of traffic data. In addition to the grand prize of 5,000 euros, the ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab will also reward one of the teams a particularly attractive bonus: a six-month work placement at the ‘Future Mobility Incubator’ – at what is known as the ‘Gläserne Manufaktur’ (transparent factory) in Dresden... Read More »

First-Ever Lexus UX Compact Luxury Crossover Makes North American Debut at New York International Auto Show

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“The first-ever Lexus UX is designed for the modern, urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX. “We designed the UX to appeal to buyers in their 30s who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.” The UX’s bold and stylish design blends expressive bodywork with a compact size, and its crossover credentials are signaled by its muscular haunches and high beltline. The ... Read More »

Sustainable drive on the dream road: the MINI Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid

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Additional headlights, tires with emergency running characteristics and a roof rack for transporting a spare wheel will make the compact five-door fit for a road trip in a class of its own. Based on the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined: 2.3 - 2.1 l / 100 km, combined power consumption: 14.0 - 13.2 kWh / 100 km, combined CO2 emissions from fuel: 52 - 49 g / km), the combined power and versatility of its two engines make it the perfect endurance athlete for the Panamericana adventure. Three MINI Countryman Panamericana... Read More »

RENAULT UK teams up with CarKraft road safety initiative for ninth consecutive year

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The CarKraft driver improvement scheme is now in its 17th successful year and is aimed at young drivers aged 15 to 30 years old. Renault joins Northamptonshire Highways, Northamptonshire Police and Adrian Flux Insurance, in lending support to this popular free programme at Rockingham Motor Speedway and the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone. The scheme runs three courses each year, which are free of charge and offers drivers a dynamic mix of workshops allowing young people to experience driving on simulated, challenging conditions, in ... Read More »

Gazprom signs Guiding Principles to reduce methane emissions across natural gas value chain

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By signing the document, Gazprom made a commitment to further reduce methane emissions from the Company’s facilities and encourage other market participants across the natural gas value chain – from production to the final consumer – to do the same. The commitment was made as part of the wider efforts by the global energy industry to ensure that natural gas continues to play a critical role in helping meet future energy demand while addressing climate change. Since natural gas consists mainly of methane, a greenhouse gas, its role in the tra... Read More »

Introducing “wheelchair accessible” routes in transit navigation

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To make public transit work for everyone, today we’re introducing “wheelchair accessible” routes in transit navigation to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs. To access the “wheelchair accessible” routes, type your desired destination into Google Maps. Tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon. Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, you’ll find “wheelchair accessible” as a new route type. When you select this option, Google Maps will show you a list of possible routes that take mobility ... Read More »

BMW Middle East partners with Art Dubai

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The three-year partnership, in collaboration with AGMC, the official BMW Group importer for Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, is the latest initiative in BMW’s long-term arts and cultural engagement. For the past five decades, BMW has been partnering with hundreds of initiatives worldwide in the fields of jazz and classical music, modern and contemporary art, as well as architecture and design. During Art Dubai, Dr. Thomas Girst, Global Head of Cultural Engagement, BMW Group will lead the BMW panel discussion on the topic “Powerplay:... Read More »

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