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BMW and Samsung tag team vehicular connectivity with i3 and Galaxy Gear combo

This is a landmark year for automotive at CES with the announcement of the Open Automotive Alliance, but it’s founding members aren’t the only ones getting in on the action. Samsung and BMW have teamed up with a CES showcase to illustrate how their Galaxy Gear – Samsung’s smartwatch – can connect to the BMW i3 electric car to improve driver experience.

BMW touts the i3 as ”the world’s first fully connected electrically-powered car” and it includes an integrated SIM. By connecting the Galaxy Gear to the car, drivers or passengers can quickly access important information about the vehicle such as remaining gas and how many miles can be driven, whether windows are up or down, doors are open or closed or locked or unlocked, and a whole lot more.

It doesn’t stop at reporting data from the car; users can also send commands to the car, both through tap commands on their Galaxy Gear and through voice commands using the latest Samsung S Voice features.
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