iPod Out Interface from BMW
The interesting thing about the system is that it integrates the display of the devices into the vehicle’s main display. This feature allows the driver to operate the devices through the vehicle’s interface controls. The features available through the system include custom playlists and Genius (a program which creates playlist of related songs from the library).
“The new interface technology developed for this purpose by the BMW Group enables continued availability of iPod Out features of iPhone and iPod touch in vehicles and represents a new milestone in consumer electronic device vehicle integration,” BMW says in a release.
“Future vehicles equipped with this technology will be able to adapt more quickly to the software lifecycles of iPod touch and iPhone.”
The system was developed by the BMW Research and Development Centre in Munich, Germany and the BMW Group Technology Office Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, California. iPod Out requires iOS 4 with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (second and third generation).
“The new BMW Group iPod Out support mirrors the innovation strategy of BMW ConnectedDrive for the BMW brand and will be part of the new offer called MINI Connected for the MINI brand,” adds the German carmaker.