At today’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference it was announced that BMW will become the first carmaker to enable its customers to use iPhone as a fully digital car key.
BMW Digital Key for the iPhone.
The upcoming BMW Digital Key for the iPhone will enable customers to just tap to unlock and easily get going by placing the iPhone in the smartphone tray and pushing the start button. Setup of the Digital Key can be done through the BMW Smartphone App. The car owner can also share access with up to 5 friends including a configurable car access option for young drivers which restricts top speed, horse power, maximum radio volume and more. Management of access can be done from inside the car as well as through Apple Wallet.
Additional features of the new Digital Key include: – Storage in the Secure Element of your iPhone and access through Apple Wallet – Power reserve for iPhone where car keys will still function for up to five hours if the iPhone turns off due to low battery – Ability to share access with up to 5 friends via iMessage – Apple Watch compatibility
Broad availability for BMW models and iPhones.
BMW is excited to announce the availability of Digital Key for iPhone in 45 countries for a broad range of models: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 if manufactured after July 1st 2020. Compatible iPhone models will be iPhone XR, iPhone XS or newer and Apple Watch Series 5 or newer. For more information please visit www.bmw.com/digitalkey
All the new BMWs are ditching the CD player. This is far from a new phenomenon as some brands have been doing this for years now. If you want to listen to your old CD collection you have two choices: 1 Download all your music to a USB drive. 2 Install the BMW accessory CD player retrofit.
To install this retrofit takes about one hour of labor and your dealer will need to order two parts:
BMW CD player retrofit kit: 62-12-2-451-536 $244 MSRP
Apple just released the second beta version of iOS 13.4 update. This update will allow BMW to finally let iPhone users use their NFC capable devices (iPhone and Apple Watch) to unlock and start their cars.
BMW will still need to update the Connected Drive app so expect this function to perhaps arrive at the fall.
• 111 bhp electric motor
• 181 bhp two-liter inline four-cylinder gas engine
• High-voltage lithium-ion battery
• System output: 252 hp
• XtraBoost: temporarily 41 hp boost
• 0-60 6.0 seconds
• Electric-only range: up to 37 miles
• Market launch: Summer 2019
– Standard xLine and optional M Sport Package trim levels.
– New Optional Off-Road Package with air suspension and mechanical rear locking differential.
-Optional factory installed BMW trailer hitch rated at 7,200 lbs. towing capacity.
-Standard USB-C ports for second-row seat passengers with multifunction bracket for BMW accessories.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 3, 2018…Today, BMW announced pricing for the all-new 4th generation 2019 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, arriving in U.S. showrooms on November 10th, 2018. The 2019 X5 xDrive40i will be starting at $60,700 and the 2019 BMW X5 50i xDrive will start at $75,750 plus $995 Destination and Handling.
Standard equipment on the all-new 2019 BMW X5 will include a Sport Automatic Transmission with launch control, Dynamic Damper Control, BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation, two 12.3” digital displays, and running the seventh generation of BMW iDrive operating system, Adaptive Full LED headlamps, Active Blind Spot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Panoramic Glass Sunroof and pre-wiring for 6,600 lb. trailer towing.
All new 2019 BMW X5 models can now be ordered with optional Remote Engine Start, the latest driver assistance systems, BMW Laserlights, heated steering wheel and armrests, as well as optional Heated and Cooled Cupholders.
The Laserlight system doesn’t project lasers onto the road. Instead, laser-created light is fired through a series of mirrors located within the headlamp assembly, which reflects and focuses the light into a lens.
The lens is filled with yellow phosphorus, a substance that reacts to intense light. Once the laser light is reflected into the lens, it interacts with the yellow phosphorous, which in turn creates a bright, highly intense white light.
Finally, this light is diffused to reduce its intensity and then reflected out of the front of the headlamp. The real benefit: The light is 10 times brighter than LED-created light.
Here’s another kicker: The system is highly efficient. BMW says that compared to traditional systems Laserlight is about 30 percent more efficient, and since the lights can create bright light in smaller housing, Laserlight enables designers to reduce the size of the housing and optimize design for aerodynamics.
Key Benefits of BMW Laserlight Headlamps
Laserlight headlamps, BMW says, are much brighter than traditional systems. That alone might be enough to convince you of this feature’s greatness, but there are plenty of other benefits. They include:
Greatly Improved Sight: In tests, BMW said the laser-powered headlamps cast a light nearly a half-mile down the road. Traditional systems are only capable of half that. Simply put, BMW Laserlight is a must-have for rural drivers.
GPS Enabled: Laserlight is built with GPS functionality, which enables the system to predict upcoming turns in the road. Laserlight can then help drivers to better see curves in the road.
Hands-Free Functionality: With Laserlight, there’s no need to turn off the lights when oncoming traffic is approaching. Instead, Laserlight uses a camera Selective Beam system that detects oncoming vehicles or those that are overtaking the BMW, and then, the beam is automatically dimmed to prevent blinding these vehicles.