Watch how Android Auto will work on BMW cars
BMWinfotainment systemshave always supportediOSand itsApple CarPlay.In fact, BMW was the first to integrate iPod in their vehicles, first to offer wireless CarPlay. But things will change soon.Last year the German carmaker had announced the arrival of support for theGoogleoperating system.And the moment seems to have finally arrived.
BMWhas shareda videoon itsYouTubepagein which it has shown for the first time the functionality of the integration betweenAndroid Auto(wirelessly) and theBMW 7.0 operating system.
The video shows an overview of the functionality of this new integration.To useAndroid AutoonBMW cars, onesimply needs to pair the device with the car and everything will be available every time the person gets into the car, without having to connect the phone every time.All the apps running onAndroid Autowill be displayed on the infotainment screen and one can interact with them viaGoogle Assistant,touching the screenor using theiDrivecontroller.
Android Autowill also be integrated intotheBMW'sLive Cockpit.This means that information (such as navigation instructions) will not only be displayed on the central screen, but also in the instrument panel and, if available, in thehead-up display. This would help the driver of the BMW car to keep eyes on the road all the time.
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With Android Auto, the display will be split with the primary app or app drawer being placed to the left, while on the right the clock or a small media window will be displayed if one chooses to play music.
Android Auto Wirelesswill be available inBMWcarswith the 7.0 operating system, which already supportApple CarPlay Wireless.The new availability will be available via anover-the-air software update, although BMW has not yet announced the official date of arrival of the update.
This is the first time the German carmaker is integrating a Google-based app with its vehicles. Earlier this month, BMW became the first carmaker to enable its customers to use Apple's iPhone as a fully digital car key. It is also the first to introduce support for BMW Digital Key stored securely in Apple Wallet for iPhone.