After the introduction of the My BMW Remote app, a new iOS application developed by BMW Group joins the 300,000+ existing apps in the iTunes store. Dubbed BMW Connected, the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app brings the cool features of ConnectedDrive onto your mobile device.
The BMW Connected app offers integration with Twitter, Facebook and web radios, and also provides information from your BMW’s onboard computer, from fuel levels to trip data.
Note: The BMW Connected App features can be actively used in BMW vehicles equipped with special option code “6NR”, which will be available from March 2011.
Here is the description provided in the App Store:
BMW ConnectedDrive features innovative services for increased safety, comfort and infotainment in your BMW. For example with BMW Connected, the revolution of in-car infotainment.
Experience the possibilities of using a BMW certified iPhone application in the vehicle without any restrictions in operating comfort. Individual functions are controlled intuitively using the iDrive system of your BMW.
The BMW Connected App provides a new, unique way of connecting driver, vehicle and iPhone.
Along with your BMW and the special option feature “Apps”, it opens up a completely new world. You simply connect the iPhone to the USB socket or SnapIn adaptor of your BMW and the app functions are available for you to use via the iDrive controller, the display and the car’s audio system.
You can also use selected functions outside the vehicle – so you have BMW Connected with you at your fingertips wherever you go.
Web radio (usage possible while the iPhone is connected to the vehicle and also outside of the vehicle):
Experience the fascination of being able to receive and listen to countless internet radio stations from all over the world. Different search functions such as by genre, country or top stations make it easy to find your favourites.
Twitter / Facebook (usage possible only while the iPhone is connected to the vehicle):
The latest status updates from the community are displayed in the vehicle. In this way you stay networked all the time, wherever you happen to be. What is more, you can send pre-defined texts relating to current vehicle information during travel.
The technical requirements for using BMW Connected in a BMW are as follows:
Navigation system professional with integrated Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, USB interface and the special option “Apps” (6NR), which will be available from 03/2011 for nearly all BMW models.
Limited functionality is possible in the case of insufficient data transfer bandwidth and volume-based bandwidth limitations. Selected functions are based on service provisioning by third-party operators and may not be fully available at all times. Within this context it is necessary to note the specific requirements of these providers.
A broadband connection is required; any costs incurred through this type of connection (e.g. due to roaming) are part of the customer’s contract with the network operator. Please note specific national demands and requirements.
For this reason, BMW cannot provide any guarantee for unlimited compatibility and functionality of your mobile device in connection with the vehicle interface.
Additional BMW Connected App functions will be released shortly. Application updates, if available, can be obtained free of additional charge. Extensions may be subject to further charges. Subject to change without notice at any time.
For information on mobile device compatibility and further details, please visit www.bmw.com/connectivity.