BMW is the first car maker to announce integration with Alexa in the U.K., enabling vehicle functions to be operated from users’ homes by voice. BMW Connected will therefore be integrated into users’ digital lives through another new touchpoint alongside the iPhone, Apple Watch, and Android smartphones and smartwatches.
The first version of BMW Connected, has been available in the U.S. since March 2016 and in Europe since August. It focuses primarily on journey management and remote services. In late September, BMW Connected will literally be coming home. Through its integration with Alexa, it will be possible to use voice commands to check the vehicle’s battery charge and fuel level as well as lock the vehicle remotely. Further, the Alexa integration will allow users to learn about their next scheduled trip, find out what time to leave, and send the destination to their BMW.
The activation word “Alexa,” followed by the invocation name “BMW,” will allow users to access the relevant functions, e.g. “Alexa, ask BMW when I should leave for my next appointment.” The vision of BMW Connected integrated with Alexa was revealed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. At the end of September the vision will become a reality, when users in the U.S. will be able to access BMW Connected through this popular service. Customers in the U.K can access the BMW skill in the coming weeks.