Now you can put your mind at ease - "Are the doors locked?"

Now you can put your mind at ease - "Are the doors locked?"

BMW Connected - the company's personal connectivity service for BMW owners - will now be integrated with Google Assistant. It says customers will now be able to operate a number of vehicle functions from their home via voice-activated speakers like Google Home or while on the move via eligible Android phones and iPhones

The company says integration with the Google Assistant adds further breadth to BMW Connected's digital network, which now features additional voice-controlled and interaction assistants to sit alongside the Apple Watch, Android smartwatches and Amazon Alexa.

Under BMW Connected the vehicle is linked (via the Open Mobility Cloud) to the digital devices selected by the user.

With Google Assistant, the customer  - using voice commands - can check whether the windows and doors of their BMW are closed and how much charge a BMW i3 has remaining, plus ask for information about imminent appointments and required departure times depending on the traffic situation. These inquiries can also be made via the Google Assistant on voice-activated speakers like Google Home as well as eligible Android phones and iPhones.

"Ok, Google, ask BMW: Is my vehicle locked?"

To activate BMW Connected, all users need to say is "Ok Google, ask BMW…". They can then follow up with individual questions by voice command, e.g. "When is my next appointment?", "Send the address to my vehicle", "When should I leave?", "What is my remaining range?" or "Is my vehicle locked?". These functions, BMW maintains, allow users to optimise personal mobility planning at an early stage and enable comfortable and stress-free arrival at their destination.

BMW Connected will be integrated with the Google Assistant starting in December 2017 (in the USA at launch; other countries will follow).

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