BMW: YouTube in the car and Digital Key Plus for Android are coming

BMW: YouTube in the car and Digital Key Plus for Android are coming


In the coming weeks, BMW will be offering the YouTube app for BMW OS 8 in the new i7 and 7 series for the first time, so that the streaming service can also be used in the front seats. In addition, remote parking for BMW OS 8 vehicles should come with a slight delay. With Digital Key Plus, Android will soon follow on iOS.

After carmakers such as Volvo, Polestar and General Motors have already announced that they will make the YouTube app available under Android Automotive OS to play videos on the main cockpit screen while stationary, this option will also be available for BMW in the future, initially in i7 and 7 series respectively to provide. In November, YouTube for BMW OS 8 will be available on the main control display. As with other car manufacturers, the service can only be used while stationary and is therefore more suitable as leisure time entertainment, for example charging the car.

BMW also offers the so-called Theater Screen on the back of the new 7 Series. It’s a 31-inch screen with 8K horizontal resolution, with the same performance as Fire TV thanks to the partnership with Amazon. Content can also be consumed on this display while driving. Only with level 3 assistance systems will BMW be able to offer content such as videos and games while driving. BMW currently offers up to Level 2+ (experimental) in some countries.

Remote operation assistant feature is coming

With the iX, BMW presented a maneuver assistant in September last year, with the help of which parking maneuvers can be recorded and later reproduced automatically so that complex parking maneuvers can be performed by the car itself. The driver must be in the car and monitor the maneuver. In line with the original announcement, BMW had promised a remote variant of this option for the RSU 07/22, in which the operating assistant should also be able to be activated via smartphone.

With the Web Summit in Lisbon, availability is now set for the fourth quarter of 2022, so integration into the My BMW app can be expected soon. In the future, the new remote functions will also include the operation of i7 motorized doors, which can be opened and closed via smartphone. Remote parking via navigation assistant requires Digital Key Plus (experimental) as a feature and therefore uses connection via Ultra Wideband (UWB). The My BMW app will also be supplemented with new widgets in small and large formats under iOS.

Digital Key Plus with UWB is coming to Android smartphones

Speaking of Digital Key Plus: This was previously only available for iOS devices, but will also be available for Android in December of this year. However, while Apple installs a UWB chip in every current iPhone as well as many older models and smartwatches, which makes it easier to operate in the first place, the technology is used sparingly in Android smartphones. UWB can be found in Google and Samsung, although even there only flagships such as the Pixel Pro and Galaxy Ultra variants are equipped. Pixel 7 (test) or regular Galaxy S22 (test) should do without it.

BMW plans more software widgets
BMW plans more software widgets

Unlike the standard Digital Key (experimental), the Digital Key Plus has the advantage that the smartphone no longer needs to be held by the door handle, but opening and closing within the UWB area can also be done remotely, as well as welcome. environment. In addition, the engine can start with a smartphone in your pocket, after the device is placed in the pre-charge cradle. This also enables the digital key to be used via the Apple Watch, which also offers UWB.

ComputerBase received information about this item from BMW at an event organized by the manufacturer in Lisbon. Arrival, departure and hotel accommodation costs were covered by BMW. There was no influence on the part of the manufacturer or reporting obligation.