BMW has announced some major enhancements to its ConnectedDrive system for 2013, many of which will make their way to 2014 model year vehicles starting next month in Europe.
One of the biggest changes announced is the inclusion of built-in SIM cards as standard from July 2013, allowing owners to pick and choose services including those not on their smartphones. Customers will also be able to create their own user profile in a “My BMW ConnectedDrive” service helping improve the online-based infotainment system.
According to the German automaker, “the refocusing of BMW ConnectedDrive turns complete, intelligent connectivity between passengers, vehicle and the outside world into a reality.” The BMW ConnectedDrive Store will be accessible from both the vehicle and from a home PC and features a new browser and BMW Apps-ready applications.
Over the course of the year, the ConnectedDrive portfolio will enter 14 additional markets and the German automaker hopes to have around five-million BMW vehicles linked in a network by 2017. BMW ConnectedDrive is currently offered in 11 markets.
Other features include the Intelligent Emergency Call system which has precise vehicle location and detection of accident severity, new services that tailor to the demands of e-mobility for the automaker’s i models, and Online Entertainment with access to 12 million songs and over 250 professionally created channels.
Availability in the U.S. for the updated ConnectedDrive has yet to be announced.
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