Apps turn cars into di­ary and map ex­ten­sions

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

BMW North Amer­ica boasted it has turned the car into a per­son­alised dig­i­tal de­vice.

The com­pany an­nounced a new per­sonal mo­bil­ity com­pan­ion app at this week’s Mi­crosoft’s Build con­fer­ence in San Fran­cisco.

Built around a flex­i­ble in­fra­struc­ture called the Open Mo­bil­ity Cloud, the sys­tem is de­signed to learn about a driver’s route and use traf­fic in­for­ma­tion to es­ti­mate ar­rival times. The app also learns pat­terns and can send the driver re­minders of ap­point­ments and au­to­mat­i­cally pick the least con­gested route to the des­ti­na­tion. The app is only avail­able in the U. S, but it is not unique to BMW, as that group of clever stu­dents at the Eind­hoven Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in the Nether­lands have al­ready equipped the world’s first fam­ily car to be pow­ered en­tirely by sun­light, the Stella Lux, with a tablet that uses Google maps and Google calendar to ren­der the same ba­sic re­minder and des­ti­na­tion match­ing ser­vices.

What the stu­dents’ apps don’t have is the BMW’s abil­ity to learn and adapt, but Google’s Deep­Mind has al­ready beaten the world’s best Go player, hence it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore all smart­phones can help you drive.


BMW in the U. S. has launched an app that learns as it seam­lessly links the car to the In­ter­net of things.

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