BMW has recently announced three new, separate technologies to fuel the next generation of connected cars from BMW Group.
- Connected+ builds upon BMW’s current connected-car services;
- BMW ID allows a new degree of personalization to all connected BMWs.
- Finally, integration with Microsoft Exchange and Skype, typically for business users.
Connected+ is what BMW calls a “new era” of connected services, strengthening the bridge between smartphones and cars and designed to make getting around more convenient for the driver.
So, for example, the Connected+ navigation system checks fuel levels for a particular route and will let you know if you have enough fuel to make the journey. If not it will suggest pit stops along the planned route so you can refuel. This can be done on the phone and sent over to the nav system wirelessly.
Another Connected+ service automatically sends location and arrival time data to a pre-selected group be it colleagues or friends. The service can also inform of delays or track a young driver on behalf of its concerned parents.
There’s also a system that focuses on first-mile and last-mile navigation. It will give you the route from where you are, to your car, and on to your destination. Once you park the car, however far away from the destination, the Connected+ system will tell you how to get there on foot.
BMW ID is a vehicle-independent profile which contains personalised driver preferences which exists in the cloud and can transfer into any connected BMW.
Whenever a person with a BMW ID gets into a connected BMW and logs into his or her profile, all that information is transferred over to the vehicle. There’s no need to wade through menus and tabs galore in order to set the car up the way a driver wants it. Just hook the car up to a BMW ID and that’s all she wrote.
Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business integration
BMW has announced that it will also offer secure in-car access to Microsoft Exchange email accounts. Drivers will be able to view and manage emails and appointments in the car, and can compose emails using voice recognition.
This integration can also import addresses from appointment entries right into the navigation system and can identify and flag Skype meetings on your infotainment system. All it takes is a touch of the iDrive controller to enter the meeting.