WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — BMW said U.S. owners will be able to purchase online services and apps directly from their vehicles via a new ConnectedDrive Store that debuts in spring 2015.
The service, which BMW says is the first such in-vehicle store, will make its public debut in early January at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Among the infotainment services and apps that BMW plans to offer is a service called Concierge that includes access to a live representative. Addresses for restaurants, music, theaters and lodging can be sent directly to the vehicle's navigation system.
Other services include emergency calling, automatic map updates and in-vehicle Internet service.
"BMW is the first auto manufacturer to offer this convenience through the car in addition to sales channels at a dealership or via its BMW Assist call center," the automaker said in a statement on Thursday.
Edmunds says: BMW is a pioneer when it comes to in-vehicle shopping. Expect others to follow.