BMW Joins The Voice Activated Command System Bandwagon, Available From March 2019


For example, if the driver says "Hey BMW, I feel tired", the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will respond by adjusting the interior lighting, music, and temperature to help keep the driver awake. Outside the vehicle, people will be able use its services at home with the help of a smart speaker or outside in general with their smartphone.

From Apple's Siri to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, there are now numerous virtual assitants available on the market. The BMW premiered its digital personal assistant for its cars, the aptly named "BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant".

From March 2019, BMW X5, Z4, and 8 Series models with BMW OS 7.0 will be able to install the full version of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. The latest BMW Intelligent Assistance is also built on top of Azure and conversational technologies.

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The BMW assistant is powered by the company's Open Mobility Cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) with the new BMW operating system 7.0. It will also be updated regularly to expand available functions and skills. Saying "Hey BMW, I'm cold" will prompt the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to adjust the temperature inside the auto accordingly.

With every command and question, the assistant learns the driver more and develops the ability to understand a driver's preferences and favorite settings; the system can remember often-frequented places and recognize commands like "take me home".

Users can also ask the assistant about various aspects of their vehicle, such as how the automatic high beams work, if the oil level is sufficient or whether there are any current warnings. In the future, the assistant will also be able to give fuel-saving driving tips or think ahead and warn drivers as necessary. To make navigation easier than ever, drivers can furthermore allow him to access their appointments calendar and contacts, whereupon he will find somewhere to park at the journey's destination, provide information on any traffic jams along the route and remind the driver when it is time to set off. This BMW ID will link the vehicle to you and your digital world, so presumably, you could hop in another BMW, enter your ID, and the new vehicle would be personalized. New cars with the Live Cockpit Professional pack will get the system.