We’re finally at a point where the Internet of Things (IoT) is capable of controlling your vehicle. Not only are we using smart machines to recycle cars, now, we are starting to use them to drive them as well. BMW wants to take the first step and allow you to control your vehicle using your Amazon Echo.
It goes beyond this and the technology should extend to any device with the Alexa assistant built into the unit. Your first question you might be thinking is why would you want to control your BMW with the Amazon Echo? The next obvious question is what exactly is the Amazon Echo? Fear not, we’re going to answer both these questions and so much more. So sit back, relax and get ready to control your vehicle in a way you probably never thought possible.
The Amazon Echo: Why It’s the Perfect Technology
If you’ve been living in a cave, it’s unlikely you’ve heard of the Amazon Echo. No, it’s not some new-fangled jungle call that will bring your BMW charging to save the day. The Amazon Echo is quite simply a speaker that fills your room with an immersive, 360-degree omnipresent, and some might say the omni-awesome sound.
So, why is it the perfect technology? Because it can hear and identify your voice from a distance that is simply incredible. Place your device across the room, and you’ll be able to find this device even with music playing the background. It does more, though, it also answers questions, reads audioboooks, tells you the news and can quite possibly tuck your children in at night.
Now here’s where things get interesting. You can also control the lights, switches, thermostats and even your air conditioning with this outstanding new device. It keeps getting smarter, and by the time you figure out how to use all of its awesome features it will likely have jumped an additional 10 IQ points.
How BMW Plans to Change Your Driving Experience
BMW is planning on giving drivers the powers of control by letting them control certain aspects of their mobile digital lifestyle and functions of their vehicle using the power of their voice. These capabilities include locking the doors, checking the status of the vehicle to see if you need to get fuel before going to work, checking the engine oil, turning on the air on a hot day before you get into your vehicle and calling in sick for you when you just don’t feel like working. Alright, every single one of those options are in progress, except for the last one.
You might be thinking, okay, so those are all useful features but how will this really affect my life? Let’s say you’re in a hurry. You run up to your office, and you can’t remember if you locked your doors. The thing is, you’ve got some valuable equipment just sitting there on the passenger seat. It’s sitting and waiting for anyone to just open the door and take it. You can lock your doors and prevent a theft from occurring.
As with all things technology, as the engineers solidify the app used to control your vehicle, you’ll be able to do more. While remote-start isn’t currently a capability, there is always the chance for it to be included in the future. Considering BMW doesn’t currently offer a remote-start capability, this could be one reason why it’s not currently available.
The system is designed to make your life easier, but it feels like BMW is adding a few features at first to nail down the accuracy of the system. With time, they should start to include even more value-added features. The current version set to be released is going to make it possible for you to link your system with your iPhone for enhanced functionality.
The company also plans to release the system with options that will allow you to get more done and stay connected. For example, you’ll be able to transfer your navigation settings and destinations between your phone and vehicle, you’ll also be able to adjust your time-to-leave notifications for appointments and integrate the system with your Apple Watch. These are exciting new features, and eventually, you may even be able to stop a criminal from stealing your vehicle or calling up your vehicle and sending them to the local police station.