BMW´s new electric Concept iX3 -range 400 km

 

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BMW Group  (BMW:GR) is working hard with electric cars. The company has  published a new electric concept car,  iX3  at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing.

This is the first model from the BMW brand to be driven purely by electric power as fully-fledged Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).

– The expansion of locally emission-free mobility vehicles is one of the key areas of centralized action, alongside with automated driving, high-end connectivity and new digital services, which are driving the company’s transformation of the mobility industry as part of the NUMBER ONE> NEXT strategy.

According to BMW, the launch of the fifth-generation electric drive system technology  makes integration into different vehicle architectures significantly easier. The individual components of this new BMW eDrive technology stand out with their lower weight, scalability and compact construction.

– The electric motor, transmission and power electronics are now grouped into a single component, making it much easier to integrate them into different vehicle architectures. Plus, their modular construction enables them to be adapted to the performance levels required and the available space. Another notable element is that the electric motor does not need any rare earths, which means the BMW Group is not dependent on their availability, the company says.

The version of the fifth-generation electric motor developed for the SAV generates maximum output of over 200 kW/270 hp. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SAV a range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles) in the WLTP cycle.

Another major feature of the high-voltage battery  is its optimised charging capability. The energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit and is designed to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. The highvoltage battery can be charged in just 30 minutes from one of these stations.

BMW i is also associated with  DriveNow (car sharing), ReachNow (car sharing 2.0), ChargeNow (easy access to the world’s largest network of charging points), ParkNow (straightforward location, reservation and payment of parking spaces).

 

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BMW´s new autonomous driving campus in Munich

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The BMW Group  (BMW:GR) has opened its new autonomous driving campus in Germany,  Munich this week. This new centre reflects the company´s target to innovate and develop new standards for the future and to increase the sustainability leadership.

– 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 employees, was completed in record time. The site’s optimum infrastructure, its proximity to the Research and Innovation Centre, and the nearby link to the motorway network helped to swing the decision in its favour, the company says in the press release.

The autonomous driving campus is using modern office interior design and technology in order to integrate the working as smooth as possible, from development to testing.

– This means, for example, that a software developer working at the new campus can immediately test out freshly written code in a vehicle that is just a short walk away, the company says.

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Spotify to start trading April 3 in NYSE

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Music streaming company Spotify will start trading in the New York Stock Exchange on the 3rd of April. According to the company and Wall Street Journal the trading code  in this direct listing will be “SPOT”.

Spotify is having about 159 million active users monthly and majority of the revenues comes from the premiun packages. The average revenue per premium user (ARPU) has declined to 5,32 euros last year from 6,20 euros in 2016.

Spotify´s revenue was 4,1 billion euros last year, up 39 % from year earlier. The loss was 1,24 billion euros, up from 539 million euros in 2016.

According to the company, Spotify is planning to increase its R&D team in London and make it a global R&D hub for the group. Spotify spokespersons comment that the car will be an important part of the company growth in the future, while 30 % of music listening will happen in the car. Spotify has also a venture with Tesla Europe.

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Apple to reach records with average selling price

The Californian tech company Apple  (AAPL) is making against all odds. Company announced on Thursday its quarterly figures, which showed that the average selling price hit new records during the last three monts ending on December. The new average selling price was 796 dollars.

According to the company press release, the most popular iPhone was the iPhone X. Although the shippments were down by 1 %, but the revenues were up 13 % to 88,3 billion dollars. This is also all-time-high record.  The diluted EPS was 3,89 dollars, up +16%.

Apple sold 77,3 million iPhones during the period and 65 % of the sales came from international markets. Company is also making a quidance for the next period saying that the gross margin would be 38-38,5 %.

Other products, which include also Apple Watch & Apple TV, were up +36 % from the year earlier and were 5,4 billion dollars. Research and Development were 3,4 billion dollars, up nearly 19 %.

– We’re thrilled to report the biggest quarter in Apple’s history, with broad-based growth that included the highest revenue ever from a new iPhone lineup. iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

The company stock ended in New York to 170,85 dollars, up 0,21 %. Apple´s market cap is 853 billion dollars and return has been over 32 % during the year.

 

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Wearables to increase the mobile payments

Smart watches and wearables are to increase the use of mobile payments in all continents during this year 2018. According to several studies the growth of smartphones together with improved customer experience and faster transactions will increase the mobile payments nearly to 100 billion dollars.

The increase is showing remarkable growth while the mobile payments were estimated to be 35 billion dollars last year. The estimates are from Juniper Research. Apple  is leading the way after the launch of the ApplePay in 2014, but there are also other options like Samsung & Anroid Pay and Xiaomi, ZTE and Lenovo might also enter the new market with their own device software.

This research does not cover the mobile payments for example from the banking sector. Mobile payment software could net over 500 billion dollars in payments by 2020.

The US smartphone penetration exceeded 80 % last year and according to IDC cumulative wearable device shipments are expected to surpass 750 million units by 2020. The declining price trend in the devices will make wearables more affordable to a larger crowd and the real boost in volumes in smartwatches is expected next year with the more use of 5G.

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Ford Hybrid – economic driving with design

The Ford Mondeo Vignale is really surprising with the economic driving. This hybrid car is energy efficient with the 89 g/km  CO2-emissions and making the best of the electric and petrol combination. According to the company calculations, the combined consumption is 3,9 l/ 100 km.

And for this reason, I was test driving this Ford model again in the winter season. While this car is not plug in hybrid, I wanted to test again the first feelings: is this energy consumption as low as it seemed to be. And yes, it was amazing. Must say, this is perhaps the most energy efficient hybrid I have test drived so far.

It is also designed to last longer – the Ford Vignale Collection is perfect for the weekend travelling. Ford has designed for example Italian-style fashion collection with mobile phone holder and weekendbag. They represent the finest leather quality, as the car´s interior design.

With this car, the car is charging itself during the driving, so there is actually no need for plug-ins at all and the size of the petrol tank is 53 litres.

The hybrid Mondeo has several technologies that increase the safe driving but also they help with communications using Apple CarPlay or Android and having smart voice service to control the navigation.

In recent years Ford Motor (F:US) has transformed its models to meet better the new low carbon regulation and last weekend the company announced that they will invest 11 billion dollars by 2022 to 40 hybrid or fully electric vechiles. This is in line with other big car manufacturers as they are preparing for the new time after fossil fuel engines in 2030 or 2040.

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Intel to show virtual reality at the Olympic Games -CES2018

Intel (INTC) will present virtual reality first time at the Winter Olympic Games in South-Korea this year. The company said that they will focus on having 30 different events to engage real-time virtual viewing. Intel showed details about the project during the CES2018 in Las Vegas today.

– Intel will focus primarily on infusing its 5G platforms, Virtual Reality, 3D and 360-degree content development platforms, artificial intelligence platforms, and drones, along with other silicon solutions to enhance the Olympic Games, the company said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Intel announced in June last year this long-term technology partnership in New York.  IOC President Thomas Bach and Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive officer, said the partnership is through 2024 and they expect this partnership will transform the Olympic Games and the experience globally.

The first Olympic Games activation will take place at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, in South Korea, in February 2018, where Intel technology will provide real-time virtual reality viewing.

Intel’s global activation rights will include the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games in 2024 in a city yet to be selected.

– Intel 360 replay technology will allow fans to experience the greatest, most memorable Olympic moments from every angle at the Olympic venues. In the future, TV viewers at home will be able to experience what it’s like to be at the Olympic Games with a front-row seat, or choose from many different viewing points in the Olympic venues. The power to choose what they want to see and how they want to experience the Olympic Games will be in the hands of the fans, the company says.

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