Since September 2016, BMW Connected skill for Alexa has enabled Amazon customers in the UK, USA and Germany to check fuel level and control certain features via Remote Services. Other functions include checking the state of charge (on BMW i models), checking appointments, routes and departure times, all ably assisted by BMW Connected mobility.
In an expansion of their interactive technology, BMW have announced the launch of the complete, seamless integration of Alexa into all vehicles produced by the Group, including MINI. Amazon's essential home and phone-based companion now sits firmly alongside the driver in the ultimate driving machine.
This innovative interface is a cloud-based voice-activated service which enables BMW Group customers to access a huge variety of entertainment, shopping and entertainment functions. This means that thousands of Alexa skills (previously only available in the home) will now also be available in your car.
With this advancement, Alexa travels with you as your constant companion. Available from mid-2018, BMW and MINI's new innovation paves the way for a future which is ultra-connected and where "Artificial Intelligence" is a normal part of everyday life.
"Voice control first featured in BMW Group cars many years ago, and we are now enhancing its functionality by adding a digital ecosystem, which will open up all sorts of new possibilities that customers can access quickly, easily and safely from their car." - Dieter May, Senior Vice President Digital Services and Business Models at the BMW Group.
With 8.5 million BMW Group models connected worldwide already, the ground is already prepared for the introduction of Alexa to BMW Group cars.
So convinced are BMW at the simplicity of the Alexa function, that their launch video features an M4 driving at breakneck speed, drifting and swerving through a tight chicane course, on a US Aircraft Carrier, whilst the driver nonchalantly sets a timer, requests a playlist, checks the weather and even orders a pizza!
As simple as it is complex, Alexa's addition to the BMW Group range only serves to further enhance the immersive experience that can only be experienced in the Ultimate Driving Machine.
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