Keeping in touch

BMW is to offer iPhone applications for integrated use in the vehicle. The new initiaive will enhance the BMW ConnectedDrive package and allow features such as Facebook, web radio and Twitter to be shown on the vehicle display and accessed using the iDrive Controller.

The feature, which confirms BMW as the leading light in in-car integration technology, will be avaiable from spring 2011, to coincide with the launch of the new BMW 1 Series Coupe and new BMW 1 Series Convertible.

By connecting your iPhone via the USB port or snap-in adapter of your car, the content of the BMW Connected app will be shown directly on the display, which is positioned in the driver's field of view. So, drivers will be able to follow their Facebook or Twitter messages or listen to web radio, by means of the iDrive Controller.

Using the interface will make available thousands of internet radio stations around the world, no matter what the vehicle's location.

Whether it’s a good idea to be using Facebook while driving is another matter.

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