The BMW Group has created accompanying mobile applications for its entire BMW and MINI vehicle fleet that integrate advanced location services from HERE, the leading technology and location data platform. The BMW Group is now using the latest 4.x HERE SDK (Software Development Kit), available with the Flutter API (Application Programming Interface). The My BMW app and the MINI app were recently launched in 40 countries around the world, including Japan.
The My BMW app and the MINI app act as universal interfaces with the car, providing information on the condition of the vehicle at all times. Depending on the equipment installed, it also makes it possible to remotely control functions such as locating the vehicle, locking and unlocking the doors, and monitoring the immediate surroundings of the car (Remote 3D View). Additional features include sending destination addresses from a smartphone to the vehicle’s navigation system, a clear display of the vehicle’s electrical charge and range, and Amazon Alexa services. The My BMW app and the MINI app allow customers to contact their BMW service partner directly while receiving detailed overviews of their vehicle’s maintenance needs. The My BMW app and the MINI app make it easy for customers to log into any current BMW and MINI model with their personal BMW / MINI ID.
The HERE SDK is a set of programming interfaces that provides access to HERE’s rich portfolio of services, such as in-car navigation, traffic alerts, transit information, and fleet management functionality. The HERE SDK provides global vector maps in over 190 countries and in 60 languages with an optimized map data size to minimize download latency and provide fast response times while scaling to a high degree of fidelity. Map customization tools allow manipulation of map content at different levels, for example highlighting important objects on a map by changing colors and icons as well as editing dynamic properties of map objects such as buildings, roads and land use.
Version 4.x of the HERE SDK is available for native iOS and Android, as well as for cross-platform development with Flutter. HERE SDK 4.x is available in four separate editions. The 4.x Explore edition includes support for multiple map view instances, provides control over the display order of map layers, 3D camera control, and provides an integrated toolchain for card personalization to deliver a personal and branded card experience.
“We are delighted to have HERE Technologies as a trusted partner on our journey to provide our customers with cutting-edge digital services. With HERE SDK and its Flutter edition, we are building the My BMW / MINI applications on an evolving technological basis. Its scalable universal architecture will support future requirements and allow easy implementation of new functions to meet customer demands, ”said Dr Nicolai Krämer, BMW Group Vice President of Outboard Platform.
“We are proud that our technology is the cornerstone of a leading automotive application developer such as BMW. At HERE, we believe that creating digital experiences beyond the car in addition to our rich content is a key success factor for customer satisfaction and retention. My BMW App and MINI App clearly demonstrate that the HERE SDK is an optimal tool for bringing these experiences to life, ”said Gino Ferru, Managing Director of EMEAR and Senior Vice President at HERE Technologies.
About HERE Technologies
HERE, the leading technology and location data platform, powers people, businesses and cities by harnessing the power of location. By leveraging our open platform, we enable our clients to achieve better results – whether it’s helping a city manage its infrastructure or a business optimizing its assets, guiding drivers to their destination safely. To learn more about HERE, please visit www.here.com and http://360.here.com.
About the BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles and also offers premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network includes 31 production and assembly sites in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. In 2020, the BMW Group sold more than 2.3 million passenger vehicles and more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2020 amounts to 5.222 billion euros on a turnover of 98.990 billion euros. As of December 31, 2020, the BMW group had 120,726 employees. The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the future early on and systematically places sustainability and efficient resource management at the heart of its strategic direction, from the supply chain to production until the end of the production phase. use of all products.