Monday, 06 August 2012 17:16

Use an Android to find your BMW


Android platform users can now use their smartphones to command their BMWs.

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.

“By extending our My BMW Remote app to Android devices as well, we are responding to the recent rapid spread of this operating system,” explains Dr Eckhard Steinmeier, Head of BMW ConnectedDrive. “Google Android is the fastest-growing software platform for smartphones and tablets, so we are now delighted to be able to offer our customers the remote app functions on this operating system, too.”

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.


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.

Though My BMW Remote is an application for your smartphone, it is the prerequisite of BMW Apps into the ConnectedDrive system that falls foul of ADR (Australian Design Rules) restrictions that attempt to limit driver distraction.

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. 


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Mike Bantick

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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.



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