Published: 12 October 2016
BMW Connect version 3.0 is launched with some added connectivity features such as Alexa integration, first mile navigation, vehicle service alerts, battery saving mode and Apple watch app. Alexa integration allows the users to control their car’s functions like door locking and battery charge status, from their homes using voice commands. Last mile navigation displays the route users need to take from their car to their final destination on their mobile device.
It had been announced earlier this year at the CES that BMW will launch an improvised version of its connectivity system. By using open mobility cloud as the platform, BMW has blended the connectivity feature into the lives of the consumers seamlessly. Additionally, with its ability to create an intelligent BMW ID based on a user’s travel patterns over time, BMW Connected users get a personalized experience over all available touchpoints, including smartphones, smartwatches, and Alexa-enabled devices.
BMW connect was available only for the Apple smartphone users but from now on the BMW Connect version 1.0 will be available for the Android consumers too. The latest version of BMW Connect will be more personalized variant of the system. The 3.0 BMW Connect can be customized to suit the needs of the user, for example the search for charging stations in BMW i variants can be modified as per the charging model. Tire pressure and engine oil level can also be checked by this connectivity system.
“With the availability of BMW Connected as an Alexa skill in USA, customers will for the first time be able to manage their personal mobility agenda and operate vehicle from their homes. The integration between Alexa and BMW Connected is underlining BMW’s promise to constantly integrate BMW Connected into new touchpoints and to expand its digital services,” says Dieter May, Senior Vice President Digital Services and Business Models at BMW Group.
“We’re excited to work with BMW to bring their Alexa skill to customers,” said Rob Pulciani, Director, Amazon Alexa. “Never before have BMW and Alexa users been able to control their connected cars using hands-free voice control from their home — and now with the BMW Alexa skill, customers can use Alexa voice technology to lock their car doors, check their fuel level, and more without lifting a finger. We can’t wait for customers to try it out.”