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ConnectedDrive comes to New Zealand

BMW’s interactive mobile technology, ConnectedDrive has debuted in New Zealand, enabled by Vodafone’s global machine-to-machine (M2M) platform. From now on, most new 2015 BMW vehicles in the New Zealand market will be fitted with a special Vodafone Global SIM that connects BMW, through the ConnectedDrive technology to its vehicle fleet. The SIM, embedded in the vehicle during manufacture allows BMW to offer its online ConnectedDrive services and apps including:

  • Automatic emergency call in the case of an accident
  • Smartphone app allowing remote vehicle functionality
  • A dedicated 24/7 Concierge Service, allowing voice contact with a BMW agent who can send directions and addresses directly to your car’s navigation system
  • TeleService calls, which allow your car to communicate directly with BMW when it requires service or maintenance.

In 2012, Vodafone Group signed a five-year connected car deal with BMW to supply connectivity to its vehicles – and now has 17.5 million global SIMs and 27 global networks. Vodafone New Zealand Director of Enterprise, Grant Hopkins says the partnership with BMW is among the world’s most successful and prominent M2M deployments.

“Our network connectivity essentially transforms the vehicle dashboard into a sophisticated smart device, and delivers a driving experience that goes far beyond the conventional.  We’re delighted that the New Zealand market can experience this next level of mobile technology services from BMW – and believe we are on the cusp of some exciting future developments in the automotive M2M market.”

Vodafone New Zealand has more than one million M2M connections on its local network.

About David Jacobsen

David Jacobsen* (*his pen name) contributes regularly to Carnectiv. David is a senior manager in the technology sector, and has been Director and General Manager of a major company whose UK operation is part of HP. His current role involves driving the European technology and innovation strategy of a group of media businesses.

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