US: BMW expands ConnectedDrive interface and features

BMW in the US has updated the ConnectedDrive offering through upgrades to the iDrive user interface and giving customers the ability to add services after they purchase the vehicle if they wish. BMW ConnectedDrive will also include a range of features tailored specifically to BMW i. The US announcement follows a BMW revamp of ConnectedDrive worldwide announced earlier this month.

BMW ConnectedDrive in the US: For model year 2014, more standard features and available services.

In the US the portfolio of BMW ConnectedDrive for model year 2014 will include more standard features throughout the range and even more available services. These will include:

~ BMW Assist standard in nearly all 2014 models including 10 years of eCall with enhanced Automatic Collision Notification and BMW Teleservice.

~ Updated BMW iDrive 4.2 available or standard on most 2014 models with a range of enhancements and additional features.

~ BMW navigation and BMW Online standard equipment on all 2014 5, 6 and 7 Series cars as well as 2014 X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles. It is optional on all other models. In addition to BMW Online, BMW navigation includes Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI).

~ Concierge service is now standard on all V8 and V12 equipped 2014 6 and 7 Series models. It is now available as a standalone upgrade on most other 2014 models. The service can be initialized at the time of purchase or can be added any time after purchase.

~ Internet access is available as an option on 2014 models equipped with navigation and the latest BMW iDrive 4.22 as part on BMW Online. The internet browser is connected through the vehicle using a 3G network connection.

~ Enhanced voice command options including available message dictation and integration of both Apple Siri and Samsung SVoice through the vehicle’s voice command controls.

~ Expanded availability of BMW Apps-ready third party apps. In addition to the apps available in the US today – including Pandora, MOG, Stitcher and Aupeo – new BMW Apps that will be available soon include Audible, TuneIn, Rhapsody and Glympse with more to follow. Later this year, BMW Apps integration will be available for devices with the Android operating system.


Parkopedia, the world’s leading parking information provider has announced that it has been selected as a parking information provider to the BMW Group.

Parkopedia will be providing BMW with access to its knowledge base, the largest of its kind in the world, of over 26,000 parking facilities in North America, 42,000 in Europe and dynamic space availability in over 300 cities. Parkopedia is also supplying its parking data to Lexus and Audi through INRIX.

Source: BMW

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