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The wait is over: Android Auto coming to BMW in July 2020 Featured

Posted On Sunday, 15 December 2019 01:34 Written by
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BMW has finally caught up to much of its competition by introducing Android Auto compatibility in vehicles starting in July 2020. The public will get its first view of the addition at CES in January 2020. BMW has finally caught up to much of its competition by introducing Android Auto compatibility in vehicles starting in July 2020. The public will get its first view of the addition at CES in January 2020. Photo by Matt Myftiu/AutoTechReviews.com

Android phone users will be able to increase their connectivity starting in 2020, when the BMW lineup will start to feature Android Auto integration in mid-2020. The addition will allow customers to connect their Android smartphones wirelessly with their vehicle and enjoy access to useful information like suggested destinations and upcoming appointments when it is needed.

Android Auto in a BMW will be demonstrated live for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 and will be will be available for customers in 20 countries from July 2020 for all vehicles with BMW Operating System 7.0.

Android Auto is a simpler, safer way to use a smartphone in BMW vehicles, making it easy to access music, media and messaging apps. Android Auto is integrated directly into BMW’s fully digital cockpit, and users of the system can view all important information not just on the central Control Display, but also in intelligently adapted form in the instrument cluster’s Info Display, as well as in the Head Up Display.

The Google Assistant on Android Auto also makes it easy to get directions, keep in touch and stay productive.

“Many of our customers have pointed out the importance to them of having Android Auto inside a BMW for using a number of familiar Android smartphone features safely without being distracted from the road, in addition to BMW’s own functions and services,” says Peter Henrich, Senior Vice President Product Management BMW. “We will offer this service to our customers starting in July 2020."

Patrick Brady, Vice President of Engineering at Google said: “We are excited to work with BMW to bring wireless Android Auto to their customers worldwide next year. The seamless connection from Android smartphones to BMW vehicles allows customers to hit the road faster while maintaining access to all of their favorite apps and services in a safer experience.”

Matt M. Myftiu

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