The BMW group envisions a future where everything is comprehensively connected for greater efficiency and convenience for all.
We live in a digital age where everything and everyone is always connected. Devices such as smartphones and tablets have made communicating with one another much easier than before.
However, there is still a “missing” link. In the interest of safety, we usually keep communications to a minimum while driving.
The BMW Group, however, sees a future wherein your car is more than just a form of transportation – it actually plays an integral role in the Internet of Things, which in turn makes smart living possible.
At CES 2016, BMW showcased an i3 that was linked to a smartphone, smart watch and Smart Home via BMW’s Open Mobility Cloud.
Through the Open Mobility Cloud, users can do more than just view and edit their personal schedules. They can use it to access and control Smart Home functions, such as lighting and air-conditioning, too.
Finding the culprit responsible for damaging your parked car is made easier with Bumper Detect. When the BMW i3’s sensors are triggered by an impact, Bumper Detect directs the Remote 3D View cameras to begin video recording.
Bumper Detect also alerts the owner if a car thief attempts to break into the car. For added convenience, the captured images and footage can also be sent to the owner’s mobile devices.
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The Remote 3D View application enables BMW i3 owners to monitor their car while it operates autonomously. With four cameras around the vehicle, owners have a 360-degree view around the car. The live feed can be seen on the Mobility Mirror or smartphone.
With the Mobility Mirror, computers become a thing of the past. Apart from your personal calendar, the mirror displays practical information such as your mobility options, the charge status of the BMW i3 and the weather forecast.
Picking up the vehicle key tells the BMW i3 to reverse out of the Smart Home’s garage and position itself outside the front door. With Gesture Control Parking, the driver can order the BMW i3 to park itself by waving his hand. The car will even lock the doors once it has parked.