The BMW i3 and its driver remain in constant contact. Dr. Jochen Eckert explains the benefits of “connected driving.”
- Ricardo Fumanal
BMW Magazine: What kind of connectivity does the BMW i3 have – and what are the benefits for drivers?
Dr. Jochen Eckert: BMW i ConnectedDrive services, which can be accessed both from the vehicle and via a smartphone, provide drivers with all the important and up-to-date information on their BMW i3. Connectivity is extremely useful for an electric vehicle like the BMW i3.
“Connectivity is extremely useful for an electric vehicle like the BMW i3.”
Dr. Jochen Eckert, Connected Drive expert
BMW Magazine: Is there an application that is particularly important for the driver?
Dr. Jochen Eckert: The navigation system takes into account the battery’s charge level in order to plan extremely precise routes using a wealth of up-to-date online information, such as real-time traffic bulletins, road categories, personal driving style and even the topography of the route.
BMW Magazine: What happens if the range calculated by the system isn’t sufficient for the route?
Dr. Jochen Eckert: In that case, it will recommend using an economical driving mode such as ECO PRO+. If this also comes up short, the system will suggest a charging station along the way.
BMW Magazine: What features can customers use from outside the car?
Dr. Jochen Eckert: They can use their smartphone at any time, of course, to check the charge level of the battery and the range this gives the car. They can then view the route both in the car and using the BMW i Remote app.
BMW Magazine: Will drivers be able to compare their experiences?
Dr. Jochen Eckert: Yes. We know from the first wave of customers in our test fleet that everyone wants to be the best and most economical driver. So we measure the efficiency shown by BMW i drivers and give them the chance to compare their performance anonymously with other members of the BMW i community.
Electrical engineer Dr. Jochen Eckert, 43, is responsible for infotainment at BMW i.