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Martin

BMW Labs

Probably only of interest to John, but BMW are giving owners the opportunity to try new experimental ConnectedDrive services.  So far I've been able to set the car up to interact with the Nest e.g. turns heating on when I enter a geofence I've set up, send an email when I'm 30mins away from home and send me an email when I park up with the exact location and google maps link.  

It uses 'if / then' statements with a variable, so is very easy to use.  Each 'recipe' can be switched on/off individually.

If you have the right kit it can do all sorts e.g. open your garage door as you pull on the drive and links to loads of apps from Facebook / Twitter to home automation and emails etc.

Very cleaver.
Michael

Re: BMW Labs

Martin wrote:


Very cleaver.


Can you hack it?
PhilD

Re: BMW Labs

Michael wrote:
Martin wrote:


Very cleaver.


Can you hack it?


A cutting remark.
Resident Spanner

Great, another backdoor into both your house, garage door and vehicle controls.
Useful for most people, nightmare for the odd poor bastards that get targeted...
Roadsterstu

Resident Spanner wrote:
Great, another backdoor into both your house, garage door and vehicle controls.
Useful for most people, nightmare for the odd poor bastards that get targeted...


This. It doesn't exactly inspire confidence how many BMW'S have been nicked simply by plugging in a gadget in to the diagnostics port and this is simply another area to be exploited.
Martin

Re: BMW Labs

Michael wrote:
Martin wrote:


Very cleaver.


Can you hack it?


 
JohnC

Where did you get the link or the chance to try it Martin?

I have the mobile app so I will have a look but if it isn't there please let me know.
Big Blue

I'd try that too (I have Connected Drive) - just to say I actually used it!

Incidentally, can I connect it to my home network and download the music from my NAS straight to the Hard Drive?
Nice Guy Eddie

WTF are you lot talking about!
Tim

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
WTF are you lot talking about!


Interconnected shite that will work randomly, cause massive frustration and enable bad people to hack into their cars' ECU and reduce the power by 95% so those of us with 'old fashioned' cars can smugly pass them by  
Martin

Big Blue wrote:
I'd try that too (I have Connected Drive) - just to say I actually used it!

Incidentally, can I connect it to my home network and download the music from my NAS straight to the Hard Drive?


You can do all sorts, but you need the 2013 onwards system I'm afraid.   It looks similar apart from the controller, but it is a different system.

John - instructions on this link.  You'll need to download the IFTTT app on your phone to set up the connections.

https://labs.bmw.com

I didn't bother with it today, so it didn't last long!
JohnC

Thanks Martin, I'll give it a go.

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