The folks over at BMW sure are serious about living up to their motto of “The Ultimate Driving Machine”, and while I do not have the financial means to purchase a BMW during this lifetime (as well as in the next), a quick chat with my local mechanic did share that maintenance for BMWs tend to be higher than Mercedes Benz, but you sure as heck can’t beat the driving pleasure of the former compared to the latter. Having said that, BMW intends to make yet another mark by refining their ConnectedDrive service, where a roadmap for 2013 and beyond has just rolled out.
It seems that iDrive 4.2 firmware for the 2014 model year will be able to support web browsing whenever your vehicle is stationary (for obvious safety reasons, of course), and there is also iAP Bluetooth control via iOS devices alongside integration with both Siri Eyes Free and S Voice. Not only that, this new revision will also deliver voice search for locations using Google, and there is even a ConnectedDrive Store which allows you to purchase services without having to leave the car. In addition, BMW will throw in Android app support in 2013 as well, where majority of their rides will carry built-in SIM cards from July onwards. [Press Release]