Ntsako Mthethwa
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22 Jul 2016
4:09 pm

Built-in SIM card for BMW in-car Wi-Fi hotspot

Ntsako Mthethwa

As part of its ConnectedDrive platform, BMW is also offering the SmartHome app that enables users to control functions in their home remotely through their mobile devices.

Basically, the hotspot provides a password-protected, high-speed internet connection inside the vehicle. Photo: BMW Blog

Munich-based carmaker BMW is expanding the connectivity features across its model range with the introduction of an enhanced Wi-Fi in-car hotspot.

A Wi-Fi hotspot was integrated by the company for the first time in the latest 7 Series back in October 2015 and is now available for many models from the brand’s portfolio.

The system is now using a high-speed LTE connection that is established inside the vehicle using a new eSIM. The Bavarian brand explains that, unlike the conventional SIM card, the eSIM can be re-configured, if required, without needing to be replaced.

Basically, the hotspot provides a password-protected, high-speed internet connection inside the vehicle that can handle up to ten devices. This connection allows passengers to use internet services without their device requiring its own SIM card.

As part of its ConnectedDrive platform, BMW is also offering the SmartHome app that enables users to control functions in their home remotely through their mobile devices.

It allows customers to adjust house lights or heating, using either a mobile phone or the iDrive controller in the car.