BMW’s new i3 and i8 take vehicle connectivity to a new level with the ConnectedDrive feature, which BMW describes as a travelling companion that can play the role of “travel guide, entertainer or guardian angel.”
Thanks to BMW partner INRIX, which is based in Washington State, ConnectedDrive incorporates real-time traffic conditions, and can even plan a journey using public transport. If there’s a major delay on the highway, your i3 can tell you if an alternative mode of transport might be faster, and provide turn-by-turn navigation to the nearest station in time for the next departure.
“In an increasingly urban, time-compressed and socially-conscious marketplace, the future of the automobile depends on our ability to market mobility as much as it depends on horsepower, styling, or fuel economy,” said INRIX Senior VP Rafay Khan. “It’s our shared goal with customers like BMW to meet drivers’ demands for greater mobility and sustainability in the connected car.”
INRIX EV and Intermodal Navigation features include:
- determining available range from the driver’s current location to their destination based on traffic congestion, current charge and topography, and navigating to an available charging station if needed.
- providing continuously verified information on charging station hours, number of connectors, supported plug types and availability.
- recommending the fastest way to a destination, comparing public transport schedules with expected vehicle travel times in traffic. The INRIX database includes locations and departure schedules for bus and train stations in 17 countries.