iOS 8 has been plagued with Bluetooth bugs connecting to in-car infotainment systems.The manifest of features for iOS update shows a Bluetooth fix which hopefully will help our readers who have tried everything from complaining to Apple to “nuking” their phones to get Bluetooth work. Almost every car maker was affected including BMW, Audi, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Mercedes-Benz, VW, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai and more.
We at AUTO Connected Car News only cover the connected car space. We find itvery amusing when standard news agencies cover the topic because they mix up their facts and confuse information. Christiano Amon from Qualcomm spilled some interesting connected car industry beans with a few surprises and incorrect facts to Fox news.
After the Ford Sync development conference at Super Mobility Week, comes Uplinq the Qualcomm developer conference in San Francisco, this week. It’s no surprise that Qualcomm wants to get its tech into cars, Formula E cars with Qualcomm Halo Wireless EV Charging at the FIA Formula E.
In a video, Edward Van Boeheemen inventor of Halo in a speeding BMW i8 is asked questions by Pat Kusbel with Qualcomm’s Automotive Solution, on race track by Formula E driver Nelson Piquet Jr.
After our article, yesterday, explaining that BMW’s web/mobile interface has vulnerabilities that could be hacked, a few hours later BMW’s web portal was reported down. A BMW i3 owner in the UK reported that he has been unable to register for BMW’s ConnectedDrive service since July 19, continually receiving error messages. The outage is due to a system update in the UK and Europe. In the meantime BMW’s apps on Google Play have some of the worst user reviews, we’ve seen.
Kaspersky Lab and IAB, published their First Annual Connected Cars Study. Vicente Diaz, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab, researched the report about connecting cars to the Internet. However, the auto industry is diligently monitoring threats through its own organizations and most threats require physical access to interior parts of the cars in order to work.
Connected cars with social networks, email, smartphone connectivity, route calculation, in-car apps, can be risky, noted the report.
The new BMW Smart Charging App makes it possible for BMWi customers to charge at times with the best rates saving as much as $400 a year. BMW claims it is the “first” automotive manufacturer to offer this automated and fully integrated functionality.
The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid designed for zero-emission can be charged by a specially designed solar car park port. It looks like something right out of the Jeston’s but also looks like a futuristic flying car hop will come out and serve you burgers and a shake. For a special connected car assemble, you can also getting a matching set of luggage from Louis Vuitton.
At the international media launch of the BMW i8 in Los Angeles, BMW showed a solar carport concept developed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA. It offers cutting edge electricity generating technology from solar power with a svelte design that coordinates with the style of the BMW i8.