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Here are all the enhancements the My BMW App got in 2020

The 2020 update for the My BMW App greatly enhances the app's functionality.

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BMW has been integrating mobile app functionality into its vehicles since 2013. Seven years on, the company is adding increased functionality to itsMy BMW App that achieves a number of goals: more intuitive design, simplified user experience, and additional features.

"My BMW and the MINI App set the standard for usability, safety and reliability. User feedback and information on the behaviour of users of the previous generation of the app were critical to the development process," said Stephan Durach, Senior Vice President BMW Group Connected Company Development, Technical Operations. "The two apps include popular and frequently used functions, and the new platform allows us to continuously add new functionality, adapted to our customers' needs."

Remote functionality

The My BMW App is now the universal interface for the entire vehicle. It can display information on the status of the vehicle and, depending on the equipment installed, can be used to activate remote functions including locking and unlocking doors and monitoring the vehicle surroundings.

Navigation

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Instead of finding a destination using your phone then having to plug it into the navigation system, users can send a destination found on their smartphone directly to their car's navigation system.

Software updates

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Customers receive a notification via the app that a remote software update is available. Users can download the upgrades at home then transfer them and install them in their vehicle, eliminating a stop at the dealership for service.

Phone-as-key

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As announced as part of an Apple press conference earlier this year, BMW Digital Key turns an iPhone into a vehicle key. This tech debuted in the new BMW 5 Series.

Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa can be used in newer vehicles, utilizing the Amazon account that many buyers already have, and is able to connect the vehicle to a home.

Electrified model status

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Electrified BMW vehicles are able to see an overview of their electric range, charging status, and charging history in the app. They can also use the charge and climate timer to optimize the charging process by defining specific time slots for charging and set departure times. Preconditioning is also possible.

Customization

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Further customization is possible. By linking the app to the BMW ID+ tech, individual preferences can be set in any current BMW vehicle quickly and automatically. Logging into the system is fast now - users simply scan a QR code to transfer settings between vehicles.

Contact your dealerships

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Users can utilize the app to contact their dealership directly to make a service appointment and monitor the health of their vehicle. The app also offers access to the BMW ConnectedDrive Store and the BMW Online Shop.

Roadside assistance

The app can also be used contact BMW Roadside Assistance. If consent is given, service personnel will see the location and status of the vehicle so that immediate over-the-air assistance can be provided.

The new-generation app can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Features and functionality of various parts of the app is vehicle dependent.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

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2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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New driver assist technology is coming to the Lexus lineup later this year.

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New Lexus Teammate driver assistance technology will debut on the 2022 Lexus LS 500h later this year. Its availability is constrained to all-wheel drive models.

The technology was developed based on the Mobility Teammate Concept. This automated driving concept is unique to Toyota sough to enhance communication between drivers and cars, "enabling them to reach out to each other for mutual assistance". The concept sees cars and humans interacting and partnering rather than having automation take over for drivers. This approach allows drivers to enjoy the experience of driving but allowing the vehicle to take over some functions of driver's duties at times. In this way, the tech works as both guardian and chauffeur.

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2022 Lexus LS 500h

On the 2022 Lexus 500h, Lexus Teammate will offer two functions: Advanced Drive and Advanced Park.

Advanced Drive is design to "accurately detect driving conditions to plan and execute acceleration, braking, and steering commands to maintain the vehicle within the lane, follow other vehicles, change lanes, navigate certain interchanges and traffic jams and overtake slower vehicles." It's a Level 2 functionality that "allows for driving on limited-access highways with partial hands-free, eyes-on-the-road operation".

This description makes it sound a lot like the suite of lane keeping, lane centering, and adaptive cruise control technology that Hyundai offers rather than true Level 3 technology that General Motors's Super Cruise delivers.

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Advanced Park operates similar to how the Genesis GV80's hands-free parking assist technology works. The Lexus tech automatically controls steering, acceleration, braking, and gear changes with parallel parking or backing into a parking space. It uses a combination of 360-degree sensing technologies and a bird's eye view display to perform the task while allowing the driver to monitor progress.

"We are very proud of Lexus Teammate, which is the culmination of five years of close collaboration between our technical centers in Japan and the US. We conducted simultaneous development and rigorous testing in both markets with the goal of achieving industry-leading advanced driver assistance functionality," says Derek Caveney, executive engineer at Toyota Motor North America's Integrated Vehicle Systems team.

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