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The 2019 BMW 330i is a brilliant return to form for the… BMW Enlarge ImageThis 330i prototype houses BMW’s next-generation adaptive cruise control tech. Steven Ewing/Roadshow BMW is working on a next-generation adaptive cruise control system that adapts the technology for use in city environments. The company detailed and demonstrated this technology at an event Tuesday, and plans to roll it out in the near future.Called Urban Traffic Light Recognition, at least internally, this next step forward for adaptive cruise control will allow a car to slow and stop at a traffic light without the driver touching the brake pedal. BMW’s engineers say this tech will be able to work at stop signs, as well, though this was not demonstrated.On a short test route around Munich, Germany, a BMW test driver set the adaptive cruise control at 30 kilometers per hour — the speed limit — and approached a traffic light. As the light changed from green to yellow, the car’s cameras picked up the signal, and displayed a traffic light image on the digital gauge cluster of the BMW 330i test car. The car then slowed for the light without the driver needing to do anything. Share your voice Tags 6:56 BMW 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now, here’s the caveat: If you are the lead car at the stoplight, the system will not automatically restart once the light turns green. You either have to move the car forward with the gas pedal, or press the “resume” button on the steering wheel. If you aren’t the lead car, the system works like any other adaptive cruise control, where it restarts after a lead car begins to pull away.BMW says this technology is only programmed to work at speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour) right now, and is still very much in development. When it rolls out, vehicles fitted with the latest radar systems — like the 3 Series or X7, for example — should be able to add the tech via over-the-air updates. BMW hopes to roll this tech out across several countries, though it’s unclear if this technology will be legally approved for use in the US. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car More From Roadshow 57 Photos Comments Auto Tech The 2019 BMW 330i is once again a joy to drive
ABC News is getting in on the parade of traditional media outlets launching daily news podcasts.Starting March 28, ABC News debut “Start Here,” a twenty-minute session hosted by Brad Mielke that taps ABC News personnel and offers insight on events shaping the world. New episodes will post each weekday at 6 a.m. eastern on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play Music and the ABC News app. “We’ve got the global resources of ABC News at our disposal so we can tackle each day’s most important and interesting stories. Sometimes, we’ll be making news with our investigative reporting or high-profile interviews. But, always, we will provide depth and context and a unique presentation that is contemporary and interesting,”said Steve Jones, vice president and general manager of ABC Radio, via email. He added: “Our presentation will be smart without being pretentious.”Podcasting has been around for years, but the medium has become more viable as more consumers gain access to mobile devices capable of streaming digital audio or show interest in a new phalanx of connected home devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa, that allow for content to be beamed via broadband to home speakers. The New York Times and NPR have both found traction with sundry podcasts in recent months. Data released by Nielsen earlier this week suggest the number of homes that define themselves as “avid fans” of podcasts rose to 16 million in the fall of 2017, compared with 13 million during the same period in 2016. ABC Radio’s Jones said the median age of podcast listeners is 29.ABC News has been experimenting with new kinds of digital audio for a few years, Jones said, launching an ABC News audio channel on the ABC News app about three years ago. Executives considered a podcast about top stories, but also felt the content might become dated very quickly. “But, as smart speakers began driving increases in consumer listening, we determined it was time to synthesize our resources in to a podcast that could become a new, daily habit,” he said.Each episode will feature four to six stories with an emphasis on taking listeners right to the scene of compelling moments using natural sound and on-location reporting. Each day Mielke will talk to ABC News veterans including Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent; Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent; Juju Chang, “Nightline” co-anchor; and Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent. “Many of the same names and faces you see on TV or on your social media feed will join ‘Start Here’ to further report on the stories driving each news cycle,”said Jones.Mielke is an ABC News reporter based in New York. He served as Campaign Digital Journalist during the 2016 election. Since that time, he has hosted several politics shows on ABC Radio and He reports on breaking news events on ABC News Digital. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s general assembly has named two new executive board members.Peter Salmon, director of BBC North, and Leopoldo González-Echenique, the incumbent president of Spanish public broadcaster RTVE, will fill posts formerly held bythe BBC’s Roger Mosey, who left in September, and Tehmis Themisocleous, director-general of Cyprus broadcaster CyBC, who is set to retire at the end of this year.
Sky Deutschland has teamed up with German football league the DFL to add a video-on-demand offering to its existing football coverage. The service, which will focus on archive content, will be made available via the Sky Go multiscreen offering. Sky will re-format footage of recent Bundesliga history and package it for on-demand consumption.Further details of the service will be unveiled at the start of the new Bundesliga season.
One in three Spanish homes connected to the internet use pay platforms to watch audiovisual content online, according to a survey by Spanish markets regulator the CNMC, with Netflix taking second position to Movistar+.According to the survey, some 2.2 million consumers subscribe to Movistar+, with two million subscribing to Netflix. Vodafone TV online is used by 950,000 while the Orange TV app is used by 741,000.The regular cautioned that some subscribers to telecom operators’ online TV services may be unclear in their responses about which services they actually use, citing the example of Vodafone TV online users who take HBO, with which Vodafone signed an exclusive distribution deal.According to the survey, 44% of individuals consume audiovisual content online each week, up 10 points in two years. Over half of those watching online video use platform to watch TV shows on-demand. YouTube is used by 55%, followed by commercial broadcaster Atresmedia’s Atresplayer catch up service with 35% and public broadcaster RTVE’s online portal with 30%.Some 86% of those who use the internet weekly prefer to do so using their smartphones, while laptops are preferred by 54%, desktops by 40%, and tablets by 35%. The CNMC also said that the use of TVs to view internet content had grown by 44% in two years.