BMW turns cars into rolling sports equipment

BMW turns cars into rolling sports equipment


from Claus Ludwig
Bavarian automaker BMW has announced a partnership with the Air Console gaming platform. In the future, BMWs will become mobile game consoles.

Electric car maker Tesla has been installing a high-performance infotainment system in all its new cars since 2021, which can compete with the Playstation 5 in terms of performance. This is how AMD Ryzen works together RDNA-2 graphics chip in Tesla and allow – in theory – for performance issues, for example Cyberpunk 2077 play. For safety reasons, only passengers are allowed to do so while driving. Now BMW is also getting involved in turning its own cars into rolling sports equipment. To achieve this goal, the Munich-based manufacturer is collaborating with the Air Console gaming platform from the Swiss company N-Dream.

Play over 180 free games on BMW

According to N-Dream CEO Anthony Cliqout, the Air Console is based on cloud computing. From 2023, new BMW owners will be able to play a selection of single and multiplayer games directly in the car using the Air Console. To begin with there will be an offer more than 180 different games like Mega Monster Party, Go-kart Go Air, Let’s Cook Together. All video games are also available for free on the Air Console website. Smartphones are used to control video games. Before starting, all players have to scan the QR code with the smartphone camera and can use their phone as a controller. For safety reasons, the BMW sports function will only be possible when the car is stationary and the driving position P or the parking brake is engaged. BMW is launching the Air Dashboard exclusively for vehicles equipped with BMW OS 8.0. An ARM chipset from Qualcomm acts as the computing unit. With the Air Console, for example, the charging station can be made more pleasant, according to BMW.

Also from next year there will be the first new BMW models which, in addition to the self-developed BMW Operating System 8.0, also offer Android Automotive OS from Google. However, with these cars, you cannot use the Google Play Store, but only download Android & Co apps. compatible and use them in the car, as BMW has informed the editors. It is not yet known which models BMW will offer the Google system. It is also unclear whether Air Dashboard integration requires a paid data allowance or not. A few weeks ago, the German automaker caused a stir when it was revealed that Heated Seats & Co. are also available as a subscription it is. BMW has been working with Amazon for all car-related data since 2015, using AWS servers. According to BMW, it is guaranteed that user data will remain with BMW and the customer decides with which other company the usage data, such as location, driving speed, etc., is shared. At an Amazon event in September, BMW announced that BMW’s next voice assistant will use Alexa technology it becomes Within the next two years, a new version is expected to hit the streets that works seamlessly with Alexa devices, such as Amazon Echothey can work together.

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The rotating game console collection from BMW:

  • BMW is following Tesla’s lead and will be offering a website with in-car video games starting next year.
  • From 2023, new BMW owners will be able to play a selection of single and multiplayer games directly in the car using the Air Console. A smartphone is used as a controller.
  • For safety reasons, the BMW sports function will only be possible when the car is stationary and the driving position P or the parking brake is engaged.
  • It is not yet known whether BMW is ordering the amount of data according to the fee for the use of the function. Finally, cloud computing plays a role in Air Dashboard, according to manufacturer N-Dream.
  • Players can choose from over 180 classic games that are free to play.

Sources: BMW, AirConsole