At the CES Asia 2018, BMW China and Baidu announced the signing of an agreement between BMW Connected and Baidu Internet of Vehicles on a home-to-vehicle cooperation. The collaboration further extends BMW’s commitment towards it's In China, for China’ R&D strategy.
BMW Connected enables customers to access vehicle information by voice control and operate relevant functions easily from their home. For example, they can check fuel levels, lock their car doors via remote control, search for mobility information stored by BMW Connected and plan routes and departure times in advance. The voice control function can be activated simply using certain wake-up words. BMW looks forward to further benefit from the Chinese multinational technology company that specialises in Internet-related services and products, and artificial intelligence.
As part of it's 'In China, for China’ R&D strategy, BMW has been building and integrating China’s digital ecosystem, expanding the implementation of its open innovation cooperation with leading Chinese high-tech companies.BMW Connected seamlessly integrates vehicles into their users’ digital lives via multiple touchpoints, such as the iPhone and Apple Watch. It is powered by the BMW Open Mobility Cloud, a cloud-based system.
BMW Connected was launched in China in December 2016 and now offers a range of services tailored to Chinese customers, such as making appointments for vehicle repairs and maintenance, an airport premium service, valet parking, fuel card recharging, a traffic violation query service and a payment service. BMW Connected is available on both iOS and Android platforms. BMW guarantees that the new software upgrades will develop the local digital ecosystem and promote premium services for Chinese customers.