BMW today announced that the company is bringing Microsoft’s Cortana to your car as part of its Connected Car vision. The company plans to integrate a range of digital services into its cars including Amazon Prime, and of course, Cortana.
Cortana on BMW’s cars will be available on the infotainment system which will allow users to carry out almost all the tasks they can do with Cortana on their Windows 10 PC or mobile devices. Drivers will be able to enable Cortana with their voice, just like they can on their PC, Xbox One, HoloLens, and mobile devices.
With Cortana on their car, drivers can check out their schedule, add new reminders, manage their upcoming events, manage their to-do lists, get the latest news on a certain topic, or just hear a random joke from the personal assistant. In a press release, BMW used Cortana to show off how users can reserve a table in a restaurant, stating:
The system being presented at CES 2017 is the in-car application of Microsoft’s Cortana. This means that the voice-controlled capabilities already offered by Microsoft Cortana on a home PC could or smartphone in future also be available on board a BMW. For example, BMW Connected can provide a reminder en-route of an upcoming appointment for which no location has yet been fixed. And Cortana can be used to make a suitable restaurant recommendation and reserve a table.
BMW likely isn’t the only company working on bringing Cortana to its cars. Nissan recently teased a Cortana-related announcement for CES, which we’ll have more info about sometime very soon. Additionally, Microsoft also recently announced that it’s bringing Cortana to Windows 10 IoT which could lead to the arrival of Cortana on a range of different devices in the near future.