BMW app links car and smartphone to cut lateness and stress
BMW is linking its drivers’ cars and smartphones with a new app designed to simplify navigation and avoid lateness.
Launching in August, the BMW Connected app scans the phone for addresses and arrival times and can notify the driver on the device or a smartwatch when they need to leave, including monitoring the traffic situation en route.
Working with the car, the app also recognises routes and locations the driver visits regularly and stores them as favourites in the navigation system for easy access, as well as noting usage patterns such as the commute to work and advising if there’s a quicker route to avoid traffic.
Once parked, the navigation passes the address on to the smartphone for last-mile directions to the destination. The system can send SMS messages to contacts with arrival times, and will plan routes based on charging facilities for BMW i models.
Dieter May, Senior Vice President Digital Services and Business Models at the BMW Group, said: “Over the coming years, digitalisation is set to have a substantial impact on how we use our cars: digital services will emerge that connect us fully with our personal world, no matter whether we’re out on the road or at home.
“The car will be transformed into a smart device – intelligently connected, seamlessly integrated and perfectly tuned to the individual needs of each and every user. This is precisely what the first version of BMW Connected aspires to achieve.”
Free to download, BMW Connected will launch on the iPhone and Apple Watch in August and will eventually take over from the MyBMW Remote and BMW Connected Classic ConnectedDrive apps. Versions for other mobile platforms will be available afterwards, and additional functions will arrive with the new 5 Series, which debuts later this year.