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BMW Labs portal goes live to connect drivers to the Internet of Things

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Currently, the ConnectedDrive in some BMW vehicles has more than 260 different services that can be integrated with IFTTT
Currently, the ConnectedDrive in some BMW vehicles has more than 260 different services that can be integrated with IFTTT
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Currently, the ConnectedDrive in some BMW vehicles has more than 260 different services that can be integrated with IFTTT
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Currently, the ConnectedDrive in some BMW vehicles has more than 260 different services that can be integrated with IFTTT
With the new BMW Labs IFTTT portal, triggers such as home-link systems being informed of the car’s approach, which could trigger outside lighting, open the garage door, activate the house’s climate systems, turn on certain lighting inside the house, and more
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With the new BMW Labs IFTTT portal, triggers such as home-link systems being informed of the car’s approach, which could trigger outside lighting, open the garage door, activate the house’s climate systems, turn on certain lighting inside the house, and more
Smartphones that may or may not be connected to the system could be sent an SMS message when the car nears
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Smartphones that may or may not be connected to the system could be sent an SMS message when the car nears
The number of possibilities is in the thousands with everything from social media posts upon arrival to sending a text to loved ones that you've arrived being possible
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The number of possibilities is in the thousands with everything from social media posts upon arrival to sending a text to loved ones that you've arrived being possible
The BMW Labs IFTTT and ConnectedDrive connections went live on January 19 for BMW owners with Connected Services enabled
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The BMW Labs IFTTT and ConnectedDrive connections went live on January 19 for BMW owners with Connected Services enabled
Parked cars can automatically register their location with Google Maps so that users can quickly find it when they return
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Parked cars can automatically register their location with Google Maps so that users can quickly find it when they return
BMW Labs plans to continue adding functionality so that things such as driver preferences and even radio presets setting specific volumes or sound system balancing being possible
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BMW Labs plans to continue adding functionality so that things such as driver preferences and even radio presets setting specific volumes or sound system balancing being possible
Some of the services are set off by others and some are triggered by more complex "if-then" statements such as this one
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Some of the services are set off by others and some are triggered by more complex "if-then" statements such as this one
Teenagers would have to think twice about speeding in mom's car
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Teenagers would have to think twice about speeding in mom's car
Never worry over an empty light again or send yourself a note whenever the tank is filled for tracking purposes
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Never worry over an empty light again or send yourself a note whenever the tank is filled for tracking purposes

On January 19, BMW Labs opened its public portal allowing ConnectedDrive services to connect IFTTT (IF This Then That) to BMW drivers and their smartphones. The service both adds functionality and allows BMW Labs to advance new services still being developed, connecting apps together while on the go.

IFTTT (or "ift") is a connected portal that lets users set up "recipes" to trigger actions and reactions when certain things are done. Users can, for example, take a photo and save it to their phone, then have IFTTT automatically upload it to certain services or post it on social media or both. In the car, it could connect apps on a smartphone to apps in the car. Driver preferences may also be linked.

Currently, the ConnectedDrive in some BMW vehicles has more than 260 different services that can be integrated. These include social media like Facebook and Twitter as well as most popular email apps, cell phone SMS, and smart-home devices like Hue, Nest and Netatmo. All of these services can be linked to the ConnectedDrive as of today. This allows for a number of scenarios.

With the new BMW Labs IFTTT portal, triggers such as home-link systems being informed of the car’s approach, which could trigger outside lighting, open the garage door, activate the house’s climate systems, turn on certain lighting inside the house, and more
With the new BMW Labs IFTTT portal, triggers such as home-link systems being informed of the car’s approach, which could trigger outside lighting, open the garage door, activate the house’s climate systems, turn on certain lighting inside the house, and more

This could include examples such as home-link systems being informed of the car's approach, which could trigger outside lighting, open the garage door, activate the house's climate systems, turn on certain lighting inside the house, and more. Smartphones that may or may not be connected to the system could be sent an SMS message when the car nears, letting children know parents are there to pick them up or letting those using valet services know if their car is being driven out of turn. Parked cars can automatically register their location with Google Maps, so that users can quickly find it when they return. Even things like status updates or location pings can be automated with Twitter or Facebook.

The BMW Labs Channel on IFTTT shows several of the options that are available with some pre-formed Recipes ready for use. The smartphone widget can be installed and the user's BMW car registered with ConnectedDrive Services and IFTTT.

Sources: BMW, BMW Labs website, IFTTT

2 comments
Mel Tisdale
They had better make it so that only stationary vehicles can be programmed, unless in fully autonomous mode, or there are going to be a lot of 'distracted driver' accidents.
Stephen N Russell
Lisc to other auto makers, tweek systems for lisc use & produce.