GMS ’10: BMW adds new Bluetooth features

To optimise the integration of Smartphones, the capacity of the Bluetooth interface in the car and its ability to transmit data is being raised to an even higher level.

Using the new office functions provided by BMW ConnectedDrive, the driver or passenger are now also able to display calendar entries, text messages or e-mails, jobs to do and personal notes in the iDrive Control Display and even have such messages and functions read out loud to them by voice presentation.

Using the telephone function, the driver or passenger may also download contact lists including image files from an external mobile phone through the Bluetooth interface into the car. So when receiving a call, the user will see not only the number and name of the caller, but also his picture in the Control Display.

Yet another innovation is the transmission of audio files from external devices via Bluetooth. In this case the mobile audio player is remotecontrolled in the wireless mode, just like the download of audio files into the car’s entertainment system.

The use of entertainment functions becomes even more attractive by presenting album covers as a picture when choosing a range of music on the Control Display. This is also possible when accessing external audio players integrated in the car by a USB interface.

Source: BMW.

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