BMW and Verizon are launching Connected Car by Verizon in select BMW models in the U.S.
The service includes connected car voice, data, Wi-Fi and personalized in-car connectivity features managed through the My BMW app for $20 per month.
Other personalized features that can be managed through the My BMW app include multi-vehicle connect, which allows Verizon customers to access their personalized BMW driver preferences and data plan (settings, voice, Wi-Fi, etc.) in up to three compatible BMW models paired to their plan.
Number share is the second feature. Enabled by BMW eSIM, it allows Verizon customers to pair and share the number of their phone with their vehicle and then make and receive calls without the phone being in the car.
In-vehicle connected services are growing fast, says TJ Fox, senior vice president, industrial IoT and automotive, Verizon Business.
Last year, Verizon announced a partnership with Audi of America, which was Verizon’s first agreement with a global premium automaker for 5G-enabled automobiles.
That collaboration will embed 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity into Audi vehicles and provides the speed and telecommunication architecture necessary for highly personalized and augmented mobile services, new driver-assistance features, and connectivity-enabled innovatßions for the automated future of driving.
It is estimated to begin with select Audi models for the 2024 model year.