Android Auto comes to BMW

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BMW buyers will finally get Android Auto connection in their vehicles, beginning in mid 2020. The move will enable BMW Group customers to connect their Android smartphones wirelessly with their vehicle and, in doing so, enjoy access to useful information like suggested destinations and upcoming appointments.

BMW describes Android Auto as a simpler, safer way to use a smartphone in its vehicles, making it easy to access music, media and messaging apps. The wireless connection makes the process of linking up an Android smartphone to a BMW extremely user friendly with a simplified interface. Android Auto is integrated directly into BMW’s fully digital cockpit, meaning that customers can view all important information not just on the central control display but also in intelligently adapted form in the instrument cluster’s info display and in the head-up display , where it appears directly in the driver’s driving direction.

“Many of our customers have pointed out the importance to them of having Android Auto inside a BMW for using a number of familiar Android smartphone features safely without being distracted from the road, in addition to BMW’s own functions and services,” said Peter Henrich, senior vice president, Product Management, BMW.

Patrick Brady, vice president of Engineering, Google, added, “We are excited to work with BMW to bring wireless Android Auto to their customers worldwide next year. The seamless connection from Android smartphones to BMW vehicles enables customers to hit the road faster while maintaining access to all of their favourite apps and services in a safer experience.”

Android Auto will be available for customers in 20 countries from July 2020 for all vehicles with BMW Operating System 7.0.

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