BMW integrates iPod and iPhone into its vehicles
According to BMW, the integration allows users to operate iPod and iPhone through the vehicle's interface controls. Features implemented in the consumer devices such as custom playlists and the Genius feature that automatically creates a playlist based on the musical taste of the user are available to BMW and Mini drivers. Supported models are iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch with the exception of the first generation.
For automotive electronics designers, the integration of fast-changing consumer electronics devices used to pose significant challenges. According to BMW, the technology used for the integration at hand will enable future generations of vehicles to adopt more easily to consumer electronics software and hardware life cycles.
The interface technology was developed by an international cooperation of the BMW Research and Development Centre In Munich and the BMW Group Technology Office in Palo Alto, California. The iPod Out support will be part of an offer called Mini Connected for the Mini brand and ConnectedDrive for the BMW brand, the company said.
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