BMW has announced its Intelligent Personal Assistant voice control system will launch in March 2019.
Similar to systems offered by Apple and Google, the Intelligent Personal Assistant can be engaged with a simple “Hey BMW” prompt. Drivers will increasingly be able to operate their car and access its functions and information simply by speaking.
The clever tech is able to learn the driver’s preferred vehicle settings for things like seat heating. Saying “Hey BMW, I’m cold” will prompt the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to adjust the temperature inside the car accordingly.
For more of a personal touch, owners can name their car’s assistant. It can also provide casual conversation.
Studying the owner’s manual will be a thing of the past (if it’s not already), the IPA can explain the car’s functions (“How does the High Beam Assistant work?”) and provide current status information (“Is the oil level okay?”).
Rather than just offering additional convenience, the IPA can also contribute to safety, saying “Hey BMW, I feel tired” initiates a vitality programme that adjusts the lighting mood, music and temperature to make the driver feel more awake.
The personal assistant rollout will begin with models using BMW’s Operating System 7.0 and as part of the Live Cockpit Professional. It’s scheduled to debut on the new 3 Series in November and be available to order on the new X5, Z4 and 8 Series from March 2019.
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