The BMW Group is expanding the intelligent connectivity capabilities of its vehicles by integrating Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled personal assistant, into all BMW and MINI models from mid-2018. The inclusion of cloud-based voice service will enable BMW Group customers to access a variety of services, entertainment features, and shopping facilities while on the move by simple voice interaction. Alexa skills that can be accessed from Echo devices will now be available for in-car use, too.
BMW Connected skill for Alexa has been available since September 2016. This has allowed BMW Connected users in the USA, Germany and the UK to ask Alexa to check vehicle information such as the state of charge or fuel level or control their car via Remote Services from the comfort of their home. Alexa also makes it possible to consult appointments or scheduled routes and departure times with the help of the BMW Connected mobility agenda. The availability of Alexa in the car now makes it possible to use functions enjoyed at home while out on the road as well.