MUNICH (Bloomberg) -- BMW drivers will need to find other excuses besides traffic to justify lateness as the automaker starts a smartphone service that tells car owners the best time to leave.
Real-time departure alerts sent to the driver's smartphone are part of the BMW Connected mobile application introduced Thursday in the U.S. The system, based on Microsoft Corp.'s Azure cloud-computing platform, will tap into a range of sources for traffic data, BMW said in a statement. The automaker plans to roll out the technology in other markets later this year.
BMW Connected will also include the company's existing remote services, such as vehicle location, remote locking and unlocking and fuel-level information. Once inside the car, the driver can shift data access from the smartphone to the vehicle's on-board display system.