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BY: Jonathan

BMW Teases 360-Degree Collision Avoidance And Self Parking

BMW is gearing up for CES next month with news of their new tech set to debut.

[gallery ids="541987,541988,541989,541990,541991,541992,541993,541994,541995,541996"] Via BMW: BMW was already demonstrating at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 how perfect control technology can provide highly automated mastery of all drive statuses right through to very tight margins. Innovative sensors will allow BMW to demonstrate a number of features at the CES 2015 (6 to 9 January, Las Vegas) including the possibility of entirely collision-free driving. This success plots another benchmark defined by the specialists at the BMW Group on the road route to individual mobility free of accidents with a driver and also in fully-automated mode with no driver at all. The platform for 360-degree collision avoidance is secure position and environment recognition. The research vehicle is a BMW i3. Four advanced laser scanners record the environment and reliably identify impediments such as columns, for example in a multi-storey car park. If the vehicle approaches a wall or a column too quickly, the system brakes automatically to prevent the threat of collision. The vehicle is brought to a standstill very precisely with centimetres to spare. If the driver steers away from the obstacle or changes direction, the system releases the brakes. This system relieves the burden on the driver in an environment with poor visibility and makes a further contribution to enhanced safety and comfort. Like all BMW assistance systems, this research application can be overridden at any time by the driver. Fully automated parking in multi-storey car parks – dynamic and safe even without the driver. The fully automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant in the BMW i3 research vehicle combines information from the laser scanners with the digital site plan of a building, for example a multi-storey car park. If the driver uses the Smartwatch to activate the fully-automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant, the system will steer the vehicle independently through the levels, while the driver has already got out of the car and is on his way to a business appointment. The fully automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant recognises the structural features of the car park and equally reliably steers round any obstacles that appear unexpectedly – such as incorrectly parked vehicles. Once the BMW i3 has arrived at the parking space, the vehicle locks itself and waits to be called by Smartwatch and voice command. The fully automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant then calculates the exact time until the driver arrives at the car park and starts up the BMW i3 so that it arrives at the car park exit at exactly the right time. BMW has succeeded in achieving fully automated control of the vehicle by connecting up vehicle sensor systems and a digital site plan. This avoids dependence on the GPS signal, which is not at all precise in multi-storey car parks. Alongside the laser sensors, the research vehicle also has the processing units and necessary algorithms on board and this means it can determine its exact position in the car park, monitor the environment perfectly, and carry out independent and fully automated navigation. It is not necessary to provide car parks, for example, with complex infrastructure in order to allow cars to orientate and navigate around the area safely.
December 18, 2014 at 04:18 PM
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BY: Jonathan

Vorsteiner BMW F8X M3/M4 GTS Program

Perfecting on perfection.

[gallery ids="541738,541733,541734,541735,541736,541737,541739,541740,541741,541742,541743,541744,541745,541746,541747"] Via Vorsteiner: For decades, the iconic BMW M3 is the driving force of automotive fascination and emotion in both design and performance. At Vorsteiner, our primary motivation, inspiration and pleasure is to study how we can improve and revolutionize the chain of all automotive aerodynamic components we develop. The expansion of the newest generation F80 M3 and F82 M4, fuels our excitement of improvement, technology, and passion in carbon composite development for such an iconic vehicle. Our enthusiasm is surrounded around BMW’s and Vorsteiner has been growing with the community as true enthusiasts for over ten years. Our success derives in our obsession in forward thinking, the evolution of automobiles, and the value of personal diversity. Many innovative components are in store as we use our expertise in lightweight construction and strength optimization to create parts we believe those with similar principles will appreciate. Like all enthusiasts, we value exclusivity and quality. The new F8x carbon fiber rear diffuser is a particularly complex feat of ingenuity because of the manufacturing difficulty to create such slender fins, rarely seen in a single monocoque construction carbon diffuser. Exclusivity is a fundamental element in all components we create as every individual carbon fiber product is hand-laid by our trained master craftsmen in-house in our manufactory facility in California. All of the aerodynamic components were engineered and designed in the state of the art 3D alias software in conjunction with the blue light laser scanning technology and 5 axis CNC milling machines for rapid prototyping. Vorsteiner continues to stay ahead using art, technology and passion deliver only the best products for our discerning clientele. We’re very excited to announce the Vorsteiner package for the F8x M3 and M4 chassis which includes Forged or Flow Forged wheels, carbon add-on front spoiler, carbon rear diffuser element, custom livery foil kit, embroidered velour floor mats, and not pictured are our exclusive stainless dual walled exhaust tips in brushed or diamond black finish.
September 23, 2014 at 07:27 PM
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BY: Jonathan

MCP Racing BMW M3

A gallery of M3 shots to help you make it to the weekend.

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September 19, 2014 at 06:45 PM
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BY: Jonathan

2008 BMW M3

This BMW M3 came in for body repairs, it unexpectedly left the shop on a whole new level courtesy of a Vorsteiner kit.

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Story: Reynald Fries

Photography: Andrew Link Just about every month, the students at University of South Florida have a car meet for all the local gear heads to get together and network within the custom-car community. In early 2014, there was a bit of a fender bender at the show due to an honest, unintentional mistake. The damage was done to a matte army-green BMW M3. This was a special Bimmer, though, as it’s one of only two M3s in the country with a Vorsteiner GTRS3 widebody kit. It belongs to Peter, an international USF student from China who had just moved to Florida. As would be the case with just about anybody, Peter was worried about repairing the body kit because, at $40,000, it’s a seriously expensive piece of automotive swag. It was installed in Illinois, which was too far for just a rear-quarter repair. A kit like this requires special care by auto-body professionals who have extensive experience with custom cars. After asking around campus for information on anyone who could repair this type of damage, the name 813 Customs kept coming up, so Peter scheduled an appointment. Joe Barravecchio, owner of Tampa’s 813 Customs, assured the young scholar he had come to the right place. “He came here and we looked at it and talked,” Joe remembers, as they walked around the M3 and sized up the damage. “And he said he was tired of the matte-green paint.” Joe is no rookie when it comes to paint or wraps, and they discussed Peter’s ideas further. “So then we started talkin’ about wraps and went over some colors,” Joe explains. “He looked at some color charts and picked out the matte metallic blue from 3M.” As the crew began working on the Bimmer, Gabe, a salesman at 813, talked cars with Peter, which is when Peter told him about his dream to one day own a Ferrari. This conversation inspired Gabe to research the intricacies of Ferrari’s design. Taking cues from the Ferrari F12berlinetta, Gabe drafted up a potential interior design for the M3 using black leather with red suede, seat patterns and stitching to match Ferrari’s. Peter loved it, as it gave him the opportunity to have a taste of his dream car while driving his daily. With his bumper fixed, a brand-new blue wrap and a Ferrari-inspired interior, Peter was motivated to add an 813 sound system as the finishing touch, and they went for it—installing a 10-inch subwoofer with a custom enclosure in the trunk. To really set it apart from the rest, subtle red LED puddle lights under the side skirts and red halo headlights turn this beautiful blue baby into a sinister street savage at night. In retrospect, Peter’s fender bender was a blessing in disguise. It’s a lesson anyone can learn from: When one door closes, another opens, offering potential opportunities that would’ve otherwise never been presented. Life gave Peter lemons and 813 Customs made lemonade. The matte-green version of this Vorsteiner M3 made its rounds on the Internet, but this version is a newborn design.

Specs:

Year/Make/Model: 2008 BMW M3

Performance: Iceman exhaust system

Exterior: Vorsteiner GTRS3 wide body package, Boot Lid Coupe trunk; matte metallic blue 3M wrap; red LED puddle lights; red halo headlights

Interior: All black leather and red suede interior inspired by Ferrari F12berlinetta

Ice: Addictive Audio 100.1 amplifier, 10-inch Version 2 subwoofer in a custom enclosure

Wheels/Tires: 20-inch Vorsteiner V308 wheels; Michelin Pilot Sport tires, 295/25/20 front, 315/30/20 rear

August 06, 2014 at 05:01 PM
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BY: Jonathan

BMW i3 Wins Automotive Interiors Expo Award 2014

A car interior finally worthy of the Jetsons.

[gallery ids="541284,541286,541285"] Talk of design and performance dominate automotive writing and forums, but there is a lot to be said for interiors. Take BMW's i3 interior which was recently recognized for its interior innovation. 25 percent of the plastic used is recycled, the seats are made from recycled goods, the roofliner and other textiles are also the product of sustainable production. While all that is great for the environment BMW was able to also utilize to create an interior that is very pleasing to the eye, a feat you don't often see in green products. [Via BMW.]
June 27, 2014 at 06:43 PM
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