Would you be willing to give so much personal information to an automaker's connectivity service?
BMW takes high-end mobility systems out of the car with its Connected Window at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. The gigantic panel is a new way for people to visualize their daily schedule, including appointments, the weather, and even shopping destinations by using the automaker's Connected service.
For the demonstration at CES, BMW uses the Connected Window to simulate a person’s daily routine. The display welcomes the owner at the start of the day and shows upcoming appointments on a vertical timeline. Gesture recognition lets the user expand these meetings on the display for more information about them. The system also plots out the way to drive through all the scheduled stops, including taking into account real-time traffic data.
The Connected Window integrates information from a person’s smartphone, wearable computer, tablet, and other devices. So when there’s a day full of appointments, the tech can beam the info directly to the navigation system of an owner’s BMW. A person’s smartphone also receives the data and displays reminders via text messages throughout the day.
Most people have a fairly consistent daily schedule, and BMW’s next goal is make the Connected service take into account someone’s regular activities. The system would then recommend suitable times for fitting in other things, like sports or regular stops.
Giving so much power and personal information to an automaker’s cloud-based network might be too much for some people because it might seem like an extreme invasion of privacy. However, BMW sees the role of digitalization increasing, and the company sees room for offering this level of deep connectivity to future buyers.
Gallery: BMW Connected Window
The BMW Connected Window.
Looking out into individual experiences of mobility.
BMW Connected and the Open Mobility Cloud turn personal mobility planning into a seamlessly integrated element of a user’s digital lifestyle. At CES 2017, BMW is demonstrating the vast capability of this all-encompassing digital concept with an idea for an innovative user interface for the home of the future. The BMW Connected Window is designed to be one such digital touchpoint and highlights the tremendous potential of connectivity. The BMW Connected Window shows the view outside as well as visualising the user’s current mobility schedule and a wide variety of other content, such as weather forecasts and appointments. This novel concept from BMW is intended to illustrate the vast range of possibilities for seamlessly integrating BMW Connected into a user’s various touchpoints outside the vehicle via the Open Mobility Cloud.
Planning appointments and incorporating them into a user’s personal mobility agenda, sharing information and selecting infotainment features can all be organised centrally via BMW Connected. Various fully interconnected touchpoints can be used to access the relevant data: the BMW’s operating system while driving and the user’s smartphone, smartwatch or tablet anytime and anywhere. BMW Connected can also be used in conjunction with the intelligently connected Amazon Echo device with built-in digital voice assistant. With its vision of the BMW Connected Window, BMW is showing just how diverse the possibilities for intelligent connectivity between digital touchpoints already are and highlighting the potential for the future.
The BMW Connected Window vision brings the versatile functionality of BMW Connected into the home. In the scenario played out at CES 2017, the potential uses are illustrated over the course of a typical daily routine. A message on the Window greets the user as they start a new day. Their upcoming appointments are shown in one part of the display based on the information supplied via the Open Mobility Cloud. At the same time, the screen’s background adapts to the user’s current situation by showing associated images.
The connectivity concept means that the entire spectrum of digital services can be used – and combined with the unrivalled display capabilities of a big screen. The mobility agenda is depicted as a vertical timeline on the right-hand edge of the screen, with the relevant data delivered to the Window via BMW Connected, for example. The display is enlarged when the user makes a certain gesture in the screen’s direction, revealing more details about the appointments listed in the timeline. If a note has been made of an arranged meeting point, BMW Connected plans the route, which is permanently updated in response to real-time traffic information and can be viewed on the display in the form of a large-scale map rendered in photo-realistic quality. The calculated route will then also be available in the vehicle, its navigation system starting automatically when the user gets in.
The user’s smartphone is connected to BMW’s Open Mobility Cloud in the same way as their car and the BMW Connected Window. This allows a text message received on a smartphone to be called up on the big-screen display, too. Any information contained in this message relating to venues, appointments or contacts can be quickly and easily transferred to the user’s mobility agenda. A few finger gestures are all it takes to enter the name of the venue or the time of a new meeting, for example. Besides this, delivery services can also be proposed or restaurants selected and contacted, based on the user’s personal preferences. The user can also summon up suitable shopping locations on the way to work, for instance, or favourite places to buy a coffee- to-go – and add them to their mobility agenda with a quick point of the finger. All updates and amendments to the personal mobility agenda are taken into account when calculating journey routes and determining the ideal time to set off. As a result, the mobility agenda is always kept up to date and helps drivers to reach their destinations with ease.
BMW Connected is also capable of recognising personal mobility patterns. In the future, this will make it possible for regular activities to be factored in when compiling the day’s mobility agenda. BMW Connected will find a suitable time slot for sports activities, for example, or for attending an event that has been visited several times in the past. The update to the mobility agenda proposed as a result will then be displayed on all touchpoints connected to the
Open Mobility Cloud, in both the car and home, from where they can be added to the personal timeline with a few simple steps.