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BMW Z4 Expands ConnectedDrive Mobility Services

Sections: Infotainment, Navigation, Telematics

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The 2014 BMW Z4

BMW’s Z4 roadster will get a host of technology updates, especially to its ConnectedDrive navigation, infotainment, and telematics system. (BMW photo courtesy MotorAuthority.)

The suite of driver assistance systems and mobility services includes things such as High Beam Assist that automatically triggers high and low beam lights as needed and Park Distance Control that uses sensors embedded in the front and rear of the car to tell the driver how close he or she is to nudging that car in the next space or the parking garage wall. For cars equipped with BMW’s navigation system, ConnectedDrive Services allow for use of internet-based apps and entertainment features by way of the iDrive controller and the nav display itself. Real-time traffic information is available, for example, that will keep the driver aware of congestion ahead and suggest alternate routes on-the-fly.

BMW says iPhone users can access further BMW apps, including the ability to stream radio stations from the internet or display social media posts on the car’s screen. Meanwhile, BMW’s Remote Services feature will save face for the owner if he locks his keys in the car, while the Concierge Services connection will get a BMW representative on the phone to provide hotel and dining recommendations to the driver. Finally, the ConnectedDrive Services suite offers BMW Teleservices to let drivers know when maintenance should be scheduled and reminds them of upcoming service appointments.

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