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BMW’s ConnectedDrive wi-fi hotspot provided by Deutsche Telekom

BMW has announced that its ConnectedDrive will now come with a Wi-Fi hotspot enabled by Deutsche Telekom HotSpot Drive portal.

The mobile hotspot can be connected to up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices for offering high-speed Internet at the same time, without using individual SIM cards. The system allows browsing through borders all over Europe and beyond.

The hotspot was designed in collaboration with BMW ConnectedDrive, and has been available in the latest BMW 7 series and will continue with other models in the future.

The system will also come with an array of services with fast data connection available in more than 50 countries using mobile telephony.

Reinhard Clemens, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management and T-Systems CEO said of the initiative that

What we’re doing is taking the best network and putting it inside the car. Telecommunication and IT are now providing the basic technology for digitization of the motor vehicle. As an experienced automotive industry partner, we are proud to be part of this cooperative initiative.” 

eSIM will be permanently embedded into cars and once deployed can be updated from outside over the air whenever required, which has been developed by international committees dedicated to developing an open eSIM standard.

In addition, BMW has announced that an LTE mobile communications module, tagged BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide, will come with connectivity for increasing safety on BMW motorbikes. It will introduce connected services available on the central display of the motorbike showing journey-related data, in partnership with Deutsche Telekom.

It will have a navigation system, advance warnings for tailbacks not visible and other safety-related information. BMW motorbikes will also provide eCall system for the first time. In case of accidents data relevant to the emergency services are sent to the BMW call center to help them take appropriate action.

Here at Carnectiv, we are particularly pleased with this development, since our associate business, nil plus ultra, has been heavily involved with both BMW and Telekom over a long period of time in the inception and development of this initiative. It’s great to see how it has now evolved.

 

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