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2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Connectivity, Navigation Highlights

We’ll finally see an undisguised 2014 BMW i3 electric car in about two weeks.

But, this week, BMW released not only a few technical specifications for the powertrain but also some details of the car’s advanced connectivity and navigation systems.

First, the car has its own cellular connection–as do many cars–but it uses its communications abilities in some new and interesting ways.

The suite of services and apps is grouped under the umbrella of BMW ConnectedDrive, a system already offered on other BMW vehicles.

Apps for all situations

Owners can share information with their i3 electric cars via a smartphone app called BMW i Remote. Those might be destinations to enter into the navigation system, commands to pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin, or battery charging

Another app provides walking directions from wherever the car is parked to a driver’s final destination.

BMW also claims a world first for the car’s navigation system, which provides intermodal route guidance–not only driving, but also public transport and walking–for the fastest or most energy-efficient ways to get between two locations.


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