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  • 2011 BMW Models to Feature iPhone Integrated Apps


    At the 2011 New York International Auto Show, BMW recently showed off their latest iPhone integration technology. BMW’s iDrive system was first introduce with the 7-series back in 2001, but is now available across the entire range of BMW models. This latest update brings with it more smartphone-like features and what is being called BMW Apps.

    Rob Passaro, Senior Engineer of the BMW Technology Group for North America says, “The big idea behind BMW Apps is how do you get great new smartphone features into your BMW as soon as they’re available?”

    Most cars manufactured today include some form of iPod integration, but BMW has taken things to a whole new level. Where BMW differs from other carmakers is the level of features that are available with this new system. You start by launching the free BMW Connected App and plugging your iPhone into the car’s armrest dock. After that the car has access to the iPhone’s 3G signal and can access internet radio stations from around the world. One nice feature is the ability to change the audio quality if bandwidth is an issue.


    BMW Apps also lets you access all of your music on the iPhone using the familiar iPod interface that everyone knows and loves. Having used an Alpine car stereo with an iPod interface for years now, the ability to search for music using a normal iPod interface would be a godsend.

    Pandora is also coming soon to BMW Apps as well. Another welcomed feature is the ability for the onboard software to update itself whenever updates become available, without the need to bring your car in to the service department. It simply downloads the update wirelessly.

    BMW Apps also includes what’s being called “automotive grade” Facebook and Twitter integration. As you drive, the vehicle collects an array of driving data that can then be posted to Facebook and Twitter. To avoid scrolling to find letters to type messages, you can also send preprogramed messages that include real time data as well, such as location and weather conditions wherever you happen to be at the moment.

    BMW is also working with host of app developers to bring even more features to the iDrive system. With so much information available on the dashboard nowadays, people may find themselves sitting in parked cars more than driving them. Hopefully, people will also remember to look up once in a while when they’re driving around though.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2011 BMW Models to Feature iPhone Integrated Apps started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by epignosis567 View Post
      Wait a min... Everyone freaks out over "locationgate" but THIS is an innovative good idea. ******* Americans, everyone is watching out for fires from the window of a burning building.
      By definition this IS innovative. Maybe most of us will think it's useless and kinda dangerous because of the distraction factor but yes it is still innovative.

      You're still a retard.
    1. bmxtreme's Avatar
      bmxtreme -
      Quote Originally Posted by epignosis567 View Post
      Wait a min... Everyone freaks out over "locationgate" but THIS is an innovative good idea. ******* Americans, everyone is watching out for fires from the window of a burning building.
      Hmm..BMW already tracks you via their BMW Assist program, but people don't freak out of that, in fact, some still continue paying subscription for it! LOL.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by epignosis567 View Post
      I'm not even talking about the car. The car is stupid as well, but if you read what I said I'm talking about the big ******* deal the American media made over apple tracking you and you guys terming it "locationgate" as if it's on par with a political coup. Americans are the loudest easiest trackable people. And don't call me a retard you mongoloid.
      I second the statement of you being retarded.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by epignosis567 View Post
      I'm not even talking about the car. The car is stupid as well, but if you read what I said I'm talking about the big ******* deal the American media made over apple tracking you and you guys terming it "locationgate" as if it's on par with a political coup. Americans are the loudest easiest trackable people. And don't call me a retard you mongoloid.

      Thanks for replying and validating my original statement.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by epignosis567 View Post
      Wait a min... Everyone freaks out over "locationgate" but THIS is an innovative good idea. ******* Americans, everyone is watching out for fires from the window of a burning building.
      I applaud for the comparison but I am offended by the insult!
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Man, I'm so poor - everything about this article is like talking about a diamond scepter on top of a mountain. On Mars. Ah, the things I will never own...
      Join the club bro. I want a diamond scepter too.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Join the club bro. I want a diamond scepter too.
      Want an iScepter?
    1. bigscrb15's Avatar
      bigscrb15 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmxtreme View Post
      Old news man. retrofits with this is already out...
      This can't be retrofitted...

      BMW is also in talks with Mog Music to be integrated soon. The web radio the BMW Apps uses is not like Pandora. It's more of live streaming Internet radio stations. BMW USA will also be bringing over the ability to see realtime data of your car even when you are not near it. Similar to the current onstar app.
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      By definition this IS innovative. Maybe most of us will think it's useless and kinda dangerous because of the distraction factor but yes it is still innovative.

      You're still a retard.
      And you're still a mongoloid who missed my point with his small
      Mongo brain.
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      I second the statement of you being retarded.
      Shut up poser, no one even asked your opinion.
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronfin44 View Post
      Thanks for replying and validating my original statement.
      You feel validated by some dipsh!t on a forum agreeing with you? You must be one smug sob.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by epignosis567 View Post
      Shut up poser, no one even asked your opinion.
      poser? are you 12 and retarded.
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      poser? are you 12 and retarded.
      I said shut it poser. If you wanna drink the weak sauce go somewhere else and quit flaming.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by epignosis567 View Post
      I said shut it poser. If you wanna drink the weak sauce go somewhere else and quit flaming.
      Perhaps you should leave, you seem to have no real knowledge to offer, in fact all you do is complain.