features

BMW rolls out upgraded software, subscription-based convenience features

Not much about BMW screams “Pay for what you need,” but the automaker will test that idea soon.

On Wednesday, BMW detailed its comprehensive update to its infotainment system, including updated navigation services, wireless Android Auto compatibility, electric-vehicle charging services, and subscription-based convenience features coming soon to cars.

BMW said cars built after July 1 will feature the updated tech, and that BMWs equipped with the automaker’s latest operating system (iDrive 7) would receive the upgrades via an over-the-air software update.

The automaker described how soon its cars will offer new owners app-like, in-car purchases for features and driver-assistance systems

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Study shows some dealers lag in describing teen safety features to new-car shoppers

Three out of four new-car dealers could accurately identify critical safety features aimed at making new cars safer for teen drivers, but only after most were prompted by shoppers to identify those features — and most of their information was vague. That’s according to a study released last week by the IIHS that followed a similar study last year that found that while most new Ford owners knew about their cars’ teen-focused safety features, only about 1 in 3 reported using it.

“Vehicle monitoring systems can improve the behavior of teen drivers and reassure their parents,” the study’s author, Rebecca

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The Car Connection’s Best New Features in 2020

There are no new ideas anymore. At least Mark Twain didn’t think so, but automakers beg to differ.

Each year, millions of new cars roll on dealers’ lots vying for buyers’ attention. Beyond price, size, fuel economy, and space, those cars elbow past each other with (sometimes) innovative features that either blow our minds or take the wind out of our sails.

Here are some of our favorite new features for 2020, in no particular order.

 

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Multifunction tailgates

Trick tailgates on trucks have taken a while, but now that they’re here we’re unsure how we ever

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Active safety features actually help

Active safety features such as automatic emergency braking are designed to mitigate or prevent car crashes. Yet, out of the labs and onto the roads, how do you measure what doesn’t happen? 

If insurance claims are a measure, then collision avoidance systems are not only working but also improving safety as the technology matures, according to a study released this week by the Highway Loss Data Institute, which is an affiliate of the IIHS.   

The study analyzed insurance claims from 2013-2017 BMW vehicles equipped with four different levels of collision avoidance technology. The study analyzed roughly 6 million insured vehicles,

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