Wired: BMW ConnectedDrive to Offer In-Car E-Mail, BlackBerry Functionality

Automobile Staff

Coming this fall, you can turn your BMW into a mobile Pony Express, should you own a BlackBerry smartphone. New technology will allow drivers to download and read their e-mail, or hear it read to them, thanks to BMW's ConnectedDrive system.

With the system, BMW drivers who own BlackBerry smartphones will be able to receive e-mail via a Bluetooth function in the car. The extended connectivity applies to other BlackBerry functions, including calendar and contact sync. Additionally, users will be able to integrate BMW's iDrive with the latest BlackBerry phone, the Pearl 3G, to wirelessly control its music functions.

We previously reported on the possible effort between the two brands, but this announcement solidifies their collaboration. Rollout begins on 2010 models equipped with the Professional navigation system and smartphone integration, and operational this fall.

Source: BMW

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