The integration of mobile applications is not limited to gadgets anymore as BMW adapts Apple genius into its Apple-enabled cars with its ConnectedDrive initiative.
BMW, also known as Bayerische Motoren Werke AG features a special option called Apps, integrating iOS software from third party applications for a luxurious entertainment and driving experience.
BMW today announced four new partners to provide BMW Approved Apps for BMW Apps option for Apple iPhone. The latest BMW Approved Apps include Audible (downloadable audio books and other spoken-word content), Glympse (location sharing), Rhapsody (subscription music service) and TuneIn (Internet radio).
The Apps platform supports model year 2011 and later vehicles that is fully controlled by BMW Connected App. A total of four iOS apps were integrated and have been confirmed.
Just like the other BMW Apps-enabled software, these four iOS programs interact with the vehicle’s entertainment system and the iDrive controller. The previous BMW Apps feature software that locates the vehicle, remote car locking/unlocking, finding place via Google Maps and more.
Here’s what you’ll see on your car’s main display once the Apps are activated:
Integrating access to digital spoken-word content from Audible was the next logical way to expand audio entertainment for drivers. The ability to use the Glympse app from the existing vehicle controls enables drivers to share their whereabouts and ETA in a much safer way.
Previews are already offered for media guests at the New York International Auto Show on the BMW since yesterday and still available until today, March 28.
The drivers are provided with both hands-free and eyes-free experience, allowing them to interact with Siri by activating the Siri button installed in selected cars.
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