While some people argue that the use of smartphones and everything they offer should be limited in cars due to safety reasons, there are those like BMW who believe there is a comprise to be made here with proper integration of the device into the vehicle. So they came up with the BMW Connected+ system which offers a range of digital connectivity services in an intuitive and safe way.
The way BMW Connected+ does this is with a full integration of smartphone services, or as BMW puts it, “it delivers the next level of in-car personalisation and smartphone content integration on the Control Display.” They say this system helps with productivity as well, especially for business users, since it is fully custmoizable so you can select only the apps and features you use most often and discard the distracting ones. BMW Connected can be downloaded as a free app on both Apple and Android devices.
Here’s a brief summary of the highlights of these services followed by a more detailed explanation:
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Send my Routes to Car: Route planning using a smartphone is now easier than ever. After the destination is entered, BMW Connected+ checks whether the car has enough fuel for the journey. If not, BMW Connected+ suggests a suitable fuel stop along the way, which the user can simply add to their route. The route can then be transferred directly to the vehicle. Once in the vehicle, the scheduled stops are displayed and the route can be initiated with a single click.
Share Live Trip Status: With this new feature, the question “What’s your ETA” is now a thing of the past. Current location and time of arrival can be shared by the driver with business partners, friends or family. The driver can send a link via SMS to the people selected via Share Live Trip Status at the start of the journey or if there are delays en route. Using this link will display the user’s current position on a map, along with the arrival time based on real-time traffic data. The big advantage here is that everyone is kept up to date automatically, allowing the driver to stay focused on arriving safely. There is even an option for those waiting to receive further SMS updates if there are any changes to the arrival time.
Navigate Door-to-Door: Finding a parking place at the end of a journey does not always mean arriving at the final destination. Navigate Door-to-Door is a feature designed to guide users on the final leg of their journey (Last Mile) and back to their car when they are ready (First Mile). Once the car is parked, the driver will receive a message on the car’s display confirming that their smartphone is now ready to provide directions to continue on foot. At the same time, BMW Connected+ sends a push notification to the user’s smartphone to initiate navigation on foot.
My Destinations: This feature provides rapid access from any connected device to both contact information in the user’s address book and the most recently visited destination stored in the navigation system. This intelligent destination search function is linked with the user’s contacts, so choosing the next destination is as simple as entering someone’s name and selecting the associated address.