BMW is a brand known for offering their drivers superior control over their driving experiences, mostly because of the company's smart use of technology to increase the driving experience.
The luxury car company’s new remote access app for the smartphone is such a measure. The app allows the driver to access functionalities including turning on lights, locking car doors, and sounding the security alarm from the convenience of a smartphone, and at great distances.
A press release from the company listed these functions of the application:
-“Remote Door Lock & Unlock” allows the car to be locked and unlocked from a smartphone.
-“Climate Control” makes it possible to control the interior temperature by adjusting the auxiliary ventilation and heating settings, and programming the systems by timer.
- With “Horn Blow” for sounding the horn and “Flash Light” for briefly switching on the exterior lights, users can trigger acoustic and visual signals to help them find their vehicle in crowded car parks, for instance.
-If the car is out of sight and hearing distance but within a radius of up to 1.5 km, the “Vehicle Finder” function is able to display a map on the smartphone screen showing the way to the vehicle’s location. This function is only available when the ignition is switched off, thereby making it impossible to track the vehicle’s movements.
-Finally, using Google Local Search, users are able to import points of interest (POIs) from their smartphone into the vehicle’s navigation system via the message list.
The company says this about adopting the Android platform for the application, “By extending our My BMW Remote app to Android devices as well, we are responding to the recent rapid spread of this operating system,” explains Dr Eckhard Steinmeier, Head of BMW ConnectedDrive. “Google Android is the fastest-growing software platform for smartphones and tablets, so we are now delighted to be able to offer our customers the remote app functions on this operating system, too.”
Looks like those drivers wary to park in high-risk neighborhoods can rest easy, as a routine car honks and lights can be scheduled from afar.