• May 4th 2010 at 3:32PM
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BMW iDrive BlackBerry connectivity – Click above to view the video after the jump

Research In Motion has been hard at work bringing new ways to integrate the functionality of its BlackBerry devices into the automobile. We recently brought you news of RIM's acquisition of QNX Software Systems, but before that partnership comes to fruition, several automakers (most recently including Ford, for example) have been working with the Canadian electronics firm – now one of the top five mobile phone-makers in the world – to bring the BlackBerry into the cabin in a distraction-free manner.

The latest collaboration revolves around BMW's iDrive system, which has now been linked up with the BlackBerry to provide limited functionality while behind the wheel. Connecting through Bluetooth, the iDrive controller will now be able to read email messages aloud to the driver and occupants, and initiate calls either from the email sender or from the phone's contact list, displayed on the dash-top screen. The feature is being rolled out first on the new Pearl 3G, but is slated to arrive to all new devices running the new BlackBerry 6 mobile operating system.

Follow the jump to watch a video of the feature in action, as demonstrated on a 335is.

[Source: Phone Scoop via Engadget]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      3500-4500lb sedans with drivers who aren't looking at the road.

      Hm.. sounds like a sort of twisted eugenics experiment to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Converted to audio form is not a terrible idea.

      Just think if they add the ability to convert voice to texting. You could "OMG! LOL. TTYL" from the driver's seat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Matthew Nelson to bmwbbtest2@gmail.com

      show details 3:50 PM (0 minutes ago)

      Hi everyone,

      The meeting that was postponed is unpostponed now. If you're not there you are fired!


      P.S. - Someone needs to tell Henning Kelch to get a real name.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blackberry will be steamed over by Apple and Google's Android within 2-3 years and largely forgotten.
      RIM-BMW integration is a dead-end street.
        • 5 Years Ago
        blackberry is an established value in the corporate world, because they have been providing push email systems since say the nokia 5110

        windows mobile with outlook gave them a scare for a while, but since it's not in real time email delivery , they were fine

        but indeed, apple and google and future windows mobile version will be far better than blackberry, because the OS sucks

        so they need to confirm their image in the corporate world, which a move like this

        this means that you will continue to get your blackberry, thinkpad and bmw 3 when you start as a junior manager :p

        ps: i don't have a BB lol, i hate them .. HTC FTW
        • 5 Years Ago
        As someone that has had a company issued blackberry for like 5 years, I'm less than convinced. Especially given Apple's recent rejection of Flash, and their current anti-trust investigation related to that.
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