BMW Financial U.K. Expands Scope of Innovation Lab

  • Emma Sandler
  • September 18, 2017
After deeming its first Innovation Lab in 2016 a success, BMW Group U.K. is expanding the focus of its startup accelerator for its 2018 cohort. BMW Group Financial Services launched the Innovation Lab in the U.K. in 2016 as an opportunity for early-stage startup companies to partner with the company. Last Updated: 18th September, 2017, […]

Chinese Government May Allow Captives to Grow Deeper Partnerships

  • Emma Sandler
  • July 5, 2017
China may allow foreign automakers to acquire majority control over their Chinese joint ventures (JVs) within a couple of years, according to a government statement. Which leaves the question — which auto captive in a joint venture will lead the booming Chinese auto finance market? For the past 30 years, Chinese regulations require that foreign […]

Future of Mobility, Part V: Race to the Top

  • Emma Sandler
  • June 26, 2017
As of June 15, 2017, there were more than 30 different tech companies and OEMs that have Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permits from the state of California — and they’re all rushing to be the first to offer a commercially viable vehicle. Some of these companies are very familiar to an average customer and have strong brand recognition […]

IBM Watson Integrates with BMW CarData to Offer Third-Party Services

  • Emma Sandler
  • June 15, 2017
IBM Watson teamed up with the recently-released BMW CarData to enable vehicle data-sharing with third parties, the companies said yesterday. BMW CarData will allow up to 8.5 million BMW customers globally to make use of third-party services in a secure and transparent way, by enabling customized service options based on data gathered from the vehicle […]

Is Honda’s Lease-Only BEV Just Another ‘Compliance Car’?

  • Emma Sandler
  • June 13, 2017
Honda‘s Clarity BEV model — slated to rollout in August — will be a “lease-only” offering, with availability in California and Oregon for now, the carmaker said yesterday. The vehicle will be offered for $269 a month, on a three-year lease, with $1,730 of down payment. The range was reported to be around 80 miles. Because the all-electric […]