BMW iDrive update adds access for Apple’s iAP protocol, Siri personal assistant

From the outset, BMW ConnectedDrive has been geared towards the mobility requirements of its users both today and into the future. The carmaker’s pioneering role is exemplified by the very first in-car integration of an Apple iPod in BMW cars back in 2004, as well as the multitude of apps for in-car use introduced since 2011.

With the latest update to BMW iDrive, Apple’s Siri can be accessed through the vehicle’s voice command controls.

With a paired device, pressing and holding the steering wheel voice command button will engage the device’s voice access. Pressing the steering wheel voice button without holding it will continue to access the vehicle’s voice command functions.

The BMW voice command system itself has been enhanced to now include visual voice command suggestions. Once activated a banner across the top of the display offers prompts for when to speak and provides suggestions for what to say. The suggestions are tailored to the individual menu or function that the driver wishes to access.

Among the enhancements for Bluetooth access is iAP, an Apple-specific protocol. A USB connection will not be required in order to access one’s music library on an Apple iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, or iPod Touch. iAP will make it possible to browse and select music using the BMW controller and screen via a wireless Bluetooth connection with the same functionality as with USB connection.

Source: BMW of North America, LLC

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe V.” for the heads up.]

6 Comments

  1. I don’t care if automakers do want to pay Apple for Siri — they shouldn’t put any of that crap in the car. Sell an optional iPod dock and call it a day. Electronics integration makes no sense in automobiles anymore. Systems don’t work correctly and they’re obsolete before the automaker can possibly re-tool production.

    [mounting soapbox to preach about BMW]:

    It would seem BMW should officially change its tagline to “The Ultimate Bloat Machine” since BMWs have strayed far from being Driving Machines. Oh, don’t get me wrong, they are excellent touring cars. However, real drivers’ vehicles don’t pack on dozens of pounds & thousands of dollars in infotainment that _distracts_, and does not _enhance_ the driving experience. BMW has made the crucial mistake of chasing Mercedes in a ludicrous luxury gadget race (not to mention hideous Bangle-ruined styling). Not that most automakers are significantly better, but BMW has really lost it’s way. If you can afford a BMW, but want a supremely driver-oriented car, your better option is a Porsche. Base prices are high and options are disgustingly expensive, yes, but Porsche allows one to install only the few items one really needs.

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