The My BMW Remote app is now available on the Google Play store as part of the Android Market. Like the iPhone wielding BMW owners who have had the app available since mid-2010, those running snazzy Android operating system based smartphones will be showing off in car-parks around the world.
The My BMW Remote app allows functions such as locking or unlocking the car doors or remotely, adjusting the climate control, auxiliary ventilation and heating settings, to ensure Spot has the right interior temperature whilst you are shopping (*Note* don’t leave pets or children in your parked car).
Other features include:
* “Horn Blow” for sounding the horn and “Flash Light” for briefly switching on the exterior lights, users can trigger acoustic and visual signals to help them find their vehicle in crowded car parks, for instance.
* · If the car is out of sight and hearing distance but within a radius of up to 1,5 km, the “Vehicle Finder” function is able to display a map on the smartphone screen showing the way to the vehicle’s location. This function is only available when the ignition is switched off, thereby making it impossible to track the vehicle’s movements.
* Finally, using Google Local Search, users are able to import points of interest (POIs) from their smartphone into the vehicle’s navigation system via the message list.
In conjunction with the free app users will need a valid BMW ConnectedDrive system contract as available on all current models equipped with BMW assist. BMW states that depending on the model and year of manufacture as well as local restrictions features may vary.
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Which raises the obvious question as to why these applications have not been made available in the Australian market? Speaking with local representatives it is clear why the app in its current form will be unavailable.
According to BMW, enabling BMW Apps functionality could, in its current form, allow tech minded owners to run a myriad of applications on the infotainment system and thus compromise ADR’s. This challenge is being worked on by BMW locally.