BMW has been developing the i3, which is an electric city car, and they have been previewing a new i3 app for smartphones. This new app will allow for greater levels of smartphone-car integration.
Among the features of the BMW i3 app will be charging status and range and the ability to program routes into the car. Drivers will also have access to a full and complete route planner which will allow for inclusion of walking and public transport times.
Also available with the i3 app is the ability to pre-set charging times. This allows owners to take advantage of the cheaper electricity rates at times that are not peak.
Many expect the app will be released on many smartphone platforms before the i3 itself, which is scheduled to be launched in 2013.