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BMW launches first augmented reality dealerships FRANKFURT AM MAIN: BMW customers will be able to view the luxury carmaker's hybrid and electric BMWi cars with augmented reality technology in a world first for car dealerships from Thursday, the manufacturer said.Using a smartphone, potential buyers can view and interact with a virtual car as if it were standing in front of them."In situations where the desired product isn't available on the spot, this visualisation is the next best thing," said BMW executive Andrea Castronovo.The phones equipped with US giant Google's Tango technology produce a life-size 3D image of the vehicle overlaid on the environment visible through the camera.Users can open doors, activate lights, or change the interior and exterior colour scheme at the touch of a button.The pilot project will launch in selected dealerships across 11 of the biggest markets for the BMWi range, including Britain, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the US.Once the test phase is ...

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Apple removes New York Times app from China store BEIJING: Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached regulations.The newspaper said both its English and Chinese-language apps were pulled late last month, blocking one of the few remaining channels for readers in China to access its reports. "For some time now the New York Times app has not been permitted to display content to most users in China, ...

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Hyundai eyes autonomous cars for the masses LAS VEGAS: Hyundai's Ioniq draws little attention as it maneuvers the streets of Las Vegas.The mid-sized sedan is one of a number of autonomous carsroaming the city's streets during the high-tech Consumer Electronics.The South Korean automaker wants to stand out by being ordinary: making a self-driving car for the average consumer."The autonomous Ioniq concept is a normal car, not a science project," said Mike O'Brien, vice president of Hyundai North America, during a demonstration for ...

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Huawei adds Amazon Alexa to flagship phone LAS VEGAS: Chinese tech giant Huawei is adding Amazon's artificial intelligence application Alexa to its flagship smartphone for its US launch.The number three global smartphone brand, Huawei announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show that its Mate 9 handset would include the personal digital assistant developed by Amazon.The Mate 9, a large-screen "phablet" marketed as a rival to the big handsets from Apple and Samsung, will be available to US buyers in "early 2017," the ...

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Volkswagen CEO to stay away from Detroit auto show BERLIN: Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller will miss the Detroit auto show next week, the German carmaker said on Wednesday, amid uncertainty over its chances of settling a U.S. criminal investigation into its emissions scandal.Volkswagen (VW) reached an agreement before Christmas to compensate U.S. owners of about 80,000 polluting 3.0-litre diesel cars, pushing up the costs of its emissions test cheating in the world's No. 2 car market to $17.5 billion.But VW is still in ...

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German car sales rise the most since 2009, seen faltering in 2017 FRANKFURT/BERLIN: German car sales grew the most in seven years in 2016, the VDA industry association said, but analysts expect the expansion to grind to a halt this year amid a weakening economy and rising petrol prices. Registrations of new passenger cars in Europe's largest auto market rose 5 percent last year to 3.35 million vehicles, the highest level since 2009 when deliveries were fuelled by state-backed scrapping premiums, the VDA said on Wednesday. But ...

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BMW, Intel, Mobileye to test 40 driverless cars in H2 2017 BERLIN: BMW's alliance with Intel and Mobileye aims to put a fleet of around 40 self-driving test vehicles on the road in the second half of this year, the companies said. The premium carmaker announced its partnership with the two technology firms in July with the goal of developing the capability of introducing autonomous vehicles to the market by 2021. BMW's 7-Series test vehicles will be fitted with the latest technology from Intel and Mobileye ...