German automaker BMW introduced its assistant called Intelligent Personal Assistant. The assistant will warn about problems, malfunctions and monitor the overall condition of the car. The driver will be able to control the settings using voice commands.
Intelligent Personal Assistant
Intelligent Personal Assistant will be available in March 2019 in all BMW models with the new operating system BMW 7.0. The standard helper activation will occur on the command “Hey, BMW”, however, the owner will be able to change it to any other, and also give the helper a name.
According to software developers, the assistant will remember the habits of the driver and eventually develop. For example, the driver will be able to say “Hey, BMW, take me home”, after which, the program will build a route to the house. The assistant will also understand more complicated phrases, like “I’m cold” or “I’m tired” – he will set the optimal temperature, turn on the music and change the lighting, respectively.
Users will also be able to ask the assistant about various aspects of their car. How does the safety system work, is the oil level sufficient and whether there are important warnings – the assistant will answer any question. In addition, if desired, drivers can provide the car access to their calendar in order to receive alerts about important meetings and when to go on them. In the future, BMW will give the helper an opportunity to perform even more difficult tasks, for example, to notify of low tire pressure, share tips with the driver and arrange for an inspection at the service center.
Recall that in 2016, the automaker introduced the application Connected, which was responsible for similar functions and worked on smartphones. Intelligent Personal Assistant, in turn, will be integrated into the car itself and become a part of it.
At the time of launch, the personal assistant will be available in 23 languages in the US, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Brazil and Japan. In May 2019, this list will complement China.