The BMW i3 electric vehicle has become the first car capable of interacting with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, as part of an internal project.
Worn as a wristwatch, Samsung Galaxy Gear enables the user to access functions and applications from their smartphone via an additional touch screen or voice controls.
Shown at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, BMW has developed an app for the watch which functions similarly to the BMW i Remote App, showing battery state of charge and range alongside the time display.
The app also allows the wearer to check whether the sunroof or windows are open, lock the doors remotely, send navigation data to the car and adjust the climate control settings to pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin, and all functions can be voice controlled.
BMW has yet to reveal whether the app will be commercially available, though it seems likely. So far, the project is aimed at demonstrating how the internet-connected i3 can work with the latest technology.