Continuing BMW’s endeavors to make their in-car electronics more flexible, the company has released a new iPhone app that allows drivers to access remote features on their vehicle.
My BMW Remote app is available from today for Apple iOS devices. It can access features such as remotely locking and unlocking of doors, getting the location of their parked vehicle, and sending Google Local Search results to their vehicle. Additionally, some customers will even be able to send a command to sound the horn or flash the headlights of their car.
Drivers will need an active BMW Assist Safety Plan, a compatible vehicle and an Apple device running iOS 4.0 or later to utilize the new functions. They can then download the app from the iTunes store with no changes required to their car.
My BMW Remote includes:
Vehicle Position – If the ignition is off, and the car located within 0.6 miles (1km) of the mobile device, the vehicle location can be displayed on a map on the mobile device
Google Local Search - Search for local businesses, restaurants, and more on the mobile device and send the details to the vehicle in order to operate with the navigation, etc
Remote Locking & Unlocking – Owners can remotely lock or unlock their vehicles, providing peace of mind if they are unsure whether they locked the car, or if they should accidently locked keys in the vehicle
Remote Horn - send a remote command to sound the horn to help locate the vehicle
Remote Headlights – remote control of configurable exterior light functions to help locate the vehicle
These remote features will depend on which BMW model you have. For example, the following vehicles have Remote Door Lock & Unlock, Google Local Search, and Vehicle Position available:
- 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, or 6 Series produced March 2008 or later
- X5 or X6 produced April 2008 or later
- Z4 Roadster from Model Year 2009 or later
The following vehicles will have Remote Horn and Remote Flash Headlights available, in addition to Remote Door Lock & Unlock, Google Local Search, and Vehicle Position:
- X3 SAV from Model Year 2011 or later
- 3 Series Sedan from Model Year 2012 or later
- 5 Series Gran Turismo from Model Year 2010 or later
- 5 Series Sedan from Model Year 2011 or later
- 6 Series from Model Year 2012 or later
- 7 Series from Model Year 2009 or later