Personal assistants are all around us — in our cell phones, on our tables and counter tops, and now, thanks to BMW, in our cars. Just announced, the manufacturer of Ultimate Driving Machines will offer a new proprietary personal assistant for its vehicles, allowing drivers to not only operate functions and gather information via voice control, but also hold a conversation, too. The phrase, “Hey BMW” gets things started. But that’s only when you first meet, as owners will be able to name their assistant whatever they’d like, making their personal assistant, well, more personal.
Instead of reaching for the owner’s manual, you can ask your BMW about vehicle functions, such as how the automatic high-beams work or if the oil level is ok. As with Alexa or Google Assistant, routines can be setup so that multiple actions can be conducted from just one phrase, like “I’m tired.” Artificial intelligence and the system’s connection to BMW’s Open Mobility Cloud will keep the assistant up to date. Owners will also be able to access the feature remotely on their smart phones and personal smart speakers.
Available March 2019, the personal assistant will be offered in vehicles equipped with the new BMW iDrive 7.0 and as part of the Live Cockpit Professional.
Watch the teaser video below: