Apps turn cars into diary and map extensions
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.