BMW ConnectedDrive will include incoming e-mail with voice output

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2010

BMW has expanded its BMW ConnectedDrive further, allowing e-mail messages to be received inside the vehicle through a Bluetooth connection.

Owners of BlackBerry smartphone, which is produced by the mobile phone manufacturer RIM (Research In Motion), will have access to the phone's e-mail function via the operating system iDrive. 

According to a company statement, the new facilities for e-mail access tie in directly from the BMW ConnectedDrive office functions showcased at the start of the year.

"Likewise unique worldwide," it isn't only call and contact lists but also calendar entries, text messages, tasks and memos that can be transferred from compatible smartphones to the vehicle via Bluetooth interface.

The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G is the first smartphone from the BlackBerry smartphone product range that can support this functionality.

E-mails can even be read out loud due to an optional voice output function. This means that there's very little distraction posed with this feature, especially since it can be activated at a single press of a button.

The relevant entries can be chosen using the Controller of the iDrive operating system and they could then be shown on the Control Display.

The picture file saved with a contact address on a mobile phone can also be displayed on the vehicle monitor. Furthermore, BMW ConnectedDrive also allows the music player functions of smartphones to be conveniently operated using the iDrive system.

Topics: bmw, technology

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