BMW and RIM Integrate Blackberry Devices and iDrive

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Think BMW has pushed iDrive to its limit? Think again. The Bavarian automaker and Research in Motion partnered to create a new iDrive feature that syncs Blackberry devices with the iDrive system.

The revised system connects to the Blackberry through Bluetooth 2.0, and essentially allows the iDrive controller to serve as a remote control for the device. Better yet, iDrive actually interfaces with the Blackberry’s inbox, allowing drivers to skim through email headers and subjects on-screen. The system won’t display the entire email for safety reasons, but it will read new messages aloud. Drivers will also have the option of quickly dialing phone numbers embedded into messages, and connecting to the call over the car’s speakerphone system.

Interestingly enough, there’s no app for all that. Engineers interfaced with the Blackberry’s operating system, so Blackberry users don’t need to install a dedicated application on a device to interface with BMW’s system.

We’d love to take it for a spin ourselves, but that may not be possible for some time. Although BMW displayed the car at Blackberry’s WES event in Orlando, Florida, the application is purely a demonstration, and neither BMW nor RIM has revealed if the feature will make its way into production Bimmers anytime soon.

Source: Phone Scoop

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