And hopefully it won't charge a subscription fee this time.
Does your phone run on Android? Chances are it does. And the good news is that there's literally dozens of automakers that will let you connect your phone straight into the infotainment system with Android Auto. BMW has not been one of them, but it will be now.
The Bavarian automaker announced today that it will begin offering Android Auto on an unspecified array of its vehicles starting in the middle of next year. And what's more is that it will support wireless connection for those with the latest compatible Google Pixel/Nexus or Samsung Galaxy/Note devices.
With Android Auto installed, new BMWs will be able to display vital functions from your phone not only on the central dashboard display, but also key info in the digital instrument cluster and on the head-up display.
"Many of our customers have pointed out the importance to them of having Android Auto inside a BMW for using a number of familiar Android smartphone features safely without being distracted from the road, in addition to BMW's own functions and services," said BMW's product-management chief Peter Henrich. "We will offer this service to our customers starting in July 2020."
The functionality will be showcased for the first time at CES next month, and will be offered on vehicles with the latest BMW Operating System 7.0, already installed on the company's latest models like the new 8 Series, the recently updated 7 Series sedan, the X7 crossover, and the Z4 roadster.
What the automaker hasn't disclosed, however, is how the option might be priced. BMW has offered the rival Apple CarPlay system until now, and took heat for charging a subscription rate for its use. But earlier this month it changed its position, telling CarBuzz that it would no longer charge for the service.