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      04-22-2021, 10:21 AM   #15
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Drives: 2015 BMW i3 BEV
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Orange County, NY

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Let me ask a silly question. How many people are actually using the telematics services that will be discontinued by the 3G sunset?

For me...

iConcierge and emergency calling? No

Service appointment scheduling and remote diagnostics? No

ConnectedDrive app? Doesn't work reliably enough to count on it from my experience.

Maps and navigation? Would rather use Apple CarPlay.

Music/multimedia? Would rather use Apple CarPlay.

Am I missing anything else that's worth a possible $2000+ expense if a 4G/LTE upgrade was available from BMW?

For me, a ~$400 aftermarket Apple CarPlay box would actually be an improvement over the included BMW stuff in my 2015 i3 (with the larger "business" screen).

I'm also not ruling out either the aftermarket or an open-source project based on a Raspberry Pi or ESP32 coming along in the next few months that can tap the CAN bus and do some of the current ConnectedDrive stuff like lock/unlock, climatize, etc via wifi, Bluetooth, or even 4G/LTE.....
2015 BMW i3 BEV, Giga World (Lodge interior), Tech/Driving Assist Packages, 20K miles
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