The BMW Connected personal digital mobility assistant will be available via an Alexa skill on all Alexa-enabled devices when the service is available in the UK and Germany.
BMW is the first car maker to announce integration with Alexa in the UK and Germany, enabling vehicle functions to be operated from users' homes by voice. Connected will therefore be integrated into users' digital lives through another new route alongside the iPhone, Apple Watch, and Android smartphones and smartwatches. As previously announced, the mobility assistant skill will be available in the US via Alexa later this month.
Alexa brings BMW Connected to the living room
The first version of BMW Connected, available in the US since March 2016 and in Europe since August, focuses primarily on journey management and remote services. Soon, through integration with Alexa, it will be possible to use voice commands to check the vehicle's battery charge and fuel level, for example, as well as lock the vehicle remotely. Alexa integration will also allow users to learn about their next scheduled trip, find out what time to leave, and send the destination to their BMW.
The activation word 'Alexa', followed by the invocation name 'BMW', will allow users to access the relevant functions, eg "Alexa, ask BMW when I should leave for my next appointment." The integration with Alexa was revealed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
At the end of September the vision will become a reality, when users in the US will be able to access BMW Connected through this popular service. Customers in the UK can access the BMW skill in the coming weeks and customers in Germany that are part of the initial invitation-only phase will follow next month.