Available as a free download from the Apple App store, BMW Connected is a personal mobility assistant that helps customers plan their journeys, find their car, and remotely control specific vehicle functions.
'Journey Management' allows users to store and manage destinations, learn and predict trips, search and send destinations to the in-car navigation system, notify you when it's time to leave based on live traffic data, expected trip duration, a sharing function that can send your estimated arrival time via SMS, along with a fuel station/charge station and car park locator.
The app also features remote services like the ability to lock and unlock car doors from your phone, flash the headlights, vehicle locator, turn on the air conditioning systems to keep the cabin cool when you arrive at your vehicle, along with fuel and remaining range.
Additionally, BMW Connected offers access to third-party apps like Spotify, Pandora and Stitcher.
For vehicles equipped with iDrive 4 or later, BMW Connected can also advise and recommend when servicing or maintenance is required.
This latest announcement follows the company's confirmation of the app's local rollout in December, with eligible model lines as follows:
BMW 1 and 2 Series – standard on M140i, 230i and M240i, optional on other variants
BMW 3 Series sedan and Touring – standard on 330i, 330e and 340i, optional on other variants
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo – standard on 330i, optional on 320d
BMW 4 Series – all variants
BMW 6 Series – all variants
BMW 7 Series – all variants (with touchscreen)
BMW X3 and X4 – standard on xDrive 28i and xDrive30d, optional on other variants
BMW X5 and X6 – all variants (with touchscreen)