Monday 20 November 2017

Keys locked in your car? No problem, you can open it remotely

Eddie Cunningham and Joe Coyle

technology focus

LOCKING your keys in the car must be one of the worst sensations in motoring.

It has happened to most of us at some time or other. But it doesn't have to be a costly nightmare any more. Technology – call it what you like – can now open the car for you remotely.

Please tell us about your experiences with locking something in your car at ecunningham@independent.ie; Twitter @ecunninghamcars.

The saviour in this case is part of BMW's new ConnectedDrive. Last week we were the first to bring you details of how it will work.

Now we can tell you a bit more about the Irish packages – and what they will cost. The marque's ConnectedDrive infotainment technology starts from July 1. Depending on the model, it will cost from €1,380.

There are three critical things to remember. First, the SIM card (Vodafone 3) that allows for the connectivity is embedded in the car.

Safeguards

Together with the car's aerial, this means you tend to get a much better signal. Second, they have built-in safeguards such as blocking interfacing while travelling above 8kmh, but it is up to you to make sure you take no risks.

Third, the functions within each package are covered by the initial cost. After that, you can decide what you want to subscribe to.

The most important element is the Intelligent Emergency Call system which gives exact vehicle location and detection of how severe an accident has been.

Depending on the package, you can download items such as remote services, TeleServices, new navigation system, real-time traffic information, internet, third-party apps (including Twitter, Facebook) and shortly thousands of songs.

Our one read out the news for us as well, though it was a bit outdated.

ConnectedDrive connects to the best available 3G network. Right now it works easily with Apple's iOS operating system but there are plans to link with android OS.

Irish Independent

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