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8 BMW Online Influencers You Need To Know

In the digital age where all the girls think they are Instagram models and all the guys are up and coming SoundCloud rappers being “slept on,” social media can be a pretty rough place to be forced to scroll through.

I mean what else are you going to do? Read a book? Hell no!

Let me introduce you some of the most influential gear heads in the world.

BMW Knowledge Leaders

AutoExpertTV

While his channel is not exclusive to BMW’s, John Cadogan, is a great guy to check to learn more about bimmers. Some of my personal favorites of his are about BMW inventing a CT scanner and the best German Car for $50k.

He has a unique way of relaying his thoughts and is definitely worth a watch!

Kevin Haskell

Who better to teach you about BMW than the former CEO of BMW himself? Kevin Haskell is extremely well-renowned globally for spearheading the success of multiple different brands including Porsche.

He now is a speaker that gives practical and inspiring lessons about driving success in businesses.

BMW Instagram Accounts to Follow

These aren’t just any gearheads either, these are born, bred and 93 octane fed bimmer enthusiasts. I will provide a trigger warning for you that some of these guys and girls have a much nicer car than you. So don’t be jealous, and give them a follow!

@darkknightm4 – Instagram

The man behind this beauty is Jake hailing out of West Chester, PA,

A car having over 150k followers with an engagement rate north of 3.5% is no easy feat.

With a name like Dark Knight, it’s only appropriate that Jake’s car is a pristine matte black. Although Bruce Wayne isn’t driving this Batmobile, it’s a pretty sweet ride.

If you’re tired of just looking at pictures, check out what she sounds like after leaving the bat cave here.

@bmwcoool – Instagram

K Mailk has been one of my personal favorite follows. The aesthetics he creates for the pictures on his account are so carefully thought out.

Start scrolling through his feed and you’ll get submerged into an urban Norway atmosphere, with his beautiful assortment of BMW’s that he and his buddies drive together.

@bmwfinest – Instagram

If you’re looking for less of a personal feel to an account, bmwfinest is the place for you. They accept submissions of people’s BMW’s from all over the world!

From M4’s cruising down the Vegas Strip to X5’s exploring the Alps, this account has it all!

BMW Blogs To Read

Bimmerpost

The biggest selling point to Bimmerpost is the fact you can choose news and forums to be separated by what BMW model it relates to.

You name a model and Bimmerpost has something to read about it.

If you don’t want to be specific to a model, choose the BMW series you’re most interested in! The possibilities and news are seemingly endless.

BimmerBoost

Bimmer Boost is more geared towards performance upgrades for your whip. They do a great job of compiling breakdowns of what performance parts (turbo, tires, tuners, etc) are best for BMW’s and how it effects how your baby will drive.

The site leans more to track enthusiasts so if you’re a casual BMW driver this may not be the site for you.

Yes, that was a challenge to check it out for yourself or follow them on Twitter.

Bimmertech

Bimmertech is about….you guessed it BMW technology! Their blog will keep you up to date with the latest OEM parts that BMW offers.

You’ll be able to learn about parts you never could have imagined are available.

See something you may be interested in? Just pop over to their shop page and see if it’s available for your model!

If all that isn’t enough to get you excited about Bimmers, follow Bimmer Forums for the best auto updates, car stories, insider tips, and the latest BMW news!

How Close Is BMW to Creating Autonomous Vehicles?

There’s been a ton of buzz surrounding self-driving cars recently, both about BMW and the broader auto industry. It seems like we’re perpetually on the cusp of a world in which no one has to physically drive their own cars anymore. When will autonomous vehicles — and, more specifically, self-driving BMWs — really be ready?

The Five Levels of Autonomous Driving

Experts define five levels of autonomous driving, with each one being more advanced than the one before it. Level one includes driver assist technologies that help the driver but don’t take control over the car. In level five, the vehicle operates itself completely, and the people in the car are merely passengers.

Level one technologies are commonplace in today’s world, and all new BMW models have them. BMW Personal CoPilot driver assistance systems are examples of level one tech. These systems include Active Cruise Control with the Stop&Go function, which adjusts your distance to the car in front of you. The Collision and Pedestrian Warning system with City Brake Activation uses automatic braking to prevent collisions.

Some Beamers also have level two technologies. In this level, the car can take control, but the driver is still responsible for vehicle operation. These systems include BMW’s Steering and Lane Control Assistant, which includes Traffic Jam Assistant. Designed to make everyday driving easier, these systems can take over steering, in addition to automatically braking and accelerating. Another example is the remote-controlled parking function.

In keeping with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s autonomous vehicle testing guidelines, BMW is currently testing cars with level three and level four autonomy. It aims to introduce level three cars to the consumer marker by 2021. These vehicles would be able to drive autonomously for longer periods, but drivers would still need to be ready to take control quickly and would have to drive under some conditions.

BMW is also testing level four cars and has a fleet of around 40 of them in Munich and California. In level four, the vehicle drives autonomously the majority of the time, although the driver must still be able to take over.

BMW’s Current Efforts

With a research and development team of about 1,000 people, BMW is working continuously on its autonomous vehicle technologies. The company does much of its research and development work out of its Silicon Valley technology office. The company is also testing the vehicles in California and Munich.

The test vehicles are loaded with cameras, lidar systems and other sensors that allow them to capture data about their environment. This includes information about the motion of other vehicles, the presence of pedestrians and other hazards. Hardware located in the trunk of the cars process all this information and puts it into action.

BMW is working with several partners on its autonomous vehicle tech, including Intel Corp., which owns sensor maker Mobileye. BMW also works with German automotive parts maker Continental AG and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. BMW has said it’s open to working with other collaborators and is pursuing a nonexclusive platform for the development of self-driving technology.

The iNext Concept

The Vision iNext concept provides a glimpse into what the future of BMW vehicles may look like. The idea behind the iNext concept is to turn the vehicle into a “living space on wheels.” It’s designed to be a place where you can relax as if you were at home, while still having the option of the driving experience BMW is known for.

The driver has two options for what experience they want to have in this iNext concept vehicle. In Boost mode, the driver is in full control, and the steering wheel is easily accessible. In Ease mode, the car operates autonomously. The steering wheel retracts slightly, freeing up some space. The vehicle includes two interactive digital screens that display information, such as your speed and your proximity to other cars.

The company premiered the concept at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It plans to have a production version in its showrooms by 2021 in the form of a level-three, all-electric SUV from its “i” brand.

Today’s new BMWs already have some autonomous functionalities, but we’re still a relatively long way off from fully autonomous, level five vehicles. We need more technological advancements as well as substantial safety testing, and federal rules will need to evolve further before we can fully adopt self-driving vehicles. BMW, however, expects Beamers with level-three capabilities to hit showrooms by 2021.

BMW, along with the rest of the auto industry, is moving steadily toward an autonomous future.

BMW Reveals 2020 M340i

BMW has teased us with the reinvention of the 3-Series for a while now, and while they did reveal the 2020 seventh generation 3-series in October, we’re more excited about the new sporty version of this car.

The car giant just revealed the M-variant for this new 3-Series – the M340i. Let’s take a closer look at what this sporty little BMW will bring to the table, and when you can expect to find it at your local dealership.

Image: BMW

Some Stiff Competition

The new M340i will be equipped with a 3.0L Turbo in-line 6 cylinder engine. It’s actually the the same engine that sat under the hood of the sixth generation M340i, but it’s undergone a makeover to pull even more horsepower and torque out of the German engineering.

This particular engine style puts it in direct competition with two other luxury cars in it’s class – the S4 by Audi and the C43 by Mercedes, which both have a 3.0L straight six engine.

The M340i falls squarely in the middle when it comes to horsepower, with it’s newly tuned engine generating 382 horsepower. For comparison, the Mercedes generates 385hp and the S4 brings up the rear with 354 hp.

All the Bells and Whistles

In addition to the engine, the M340i is equipped with all the bells and whistles. One thing that might disappoint BMW purists is the fact that the only transmission option currently available for this model is an 8-speed automatic.

It does come equipped with optional all wheel drive. While it doesn’t make up for the lack of a manual transmission, it is a pretty decent consolation prize.

Other standard equipment includes an electronically controlled differential, and M Sport brakes with a 13.7 inch rotor and 4 piston calipers in the front. Rear brakes are reduced to a single piston caliper.

The suspension in the new M340i has been upgraded too, using a new technology to minimize the amount of road bumps that you feel behind the wheel. The front shocks work to absorb rebound, while the rear shocks can alter the compression as needed.

Of course, if you want all the bells and whistles, you can choose the optional electronically controlled adaptive shocks for an additional cost.

Even the exterior has gotten an upgrade. While it doesn’t look much different than the previous generations of this model, the body shell is lighter and stiffer, decreasing the car’s overall weight by roughly 120 pounds.

BMW hasn’t released any pricing information for this new 3-Series sports car yet, but it should be making an appearance in BMW showrooms across the country in July of 2019 to be ready for the 2020 model year.

We should be seeing price information in the coming months, ahead of the car’s official release. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this new M340i though, just to test out that new suspension.

While the lack of a manual transmission might make some drivers balk, BMW definitely tries to make up for it with all the bells and whistles that they’ll be including as standard equipment on this sporty new model.