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
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