Your kids can now borrow your iX without a key, but you can limit their top speed.
This electric duo is responsible for persuading BMW drivers that the move over to electricity is not so bad, and so far, they've both done an excellent job. While both models may be challenging to look at from certain angles, we can't deny the solid engineering beneath the skin.
The iX and i4 are the first Bimmers available with 5G support via Personal eSIM. An eSIM is essentially an embedded SIM card within a device. That technically makes the iX the largest mobile phone on the planet. You can link this sim to your network provider, and it will provide high-speed internet access for as many as ten devices via the vehicle's Wi-Fi hotspot.
This should keep the kids happy on long road trips, as they can stare at TikTok for hours, but there are more practical benefits too.
BMW will also use the iX to introduce the Digital Key Plus, the latest generation of the smartphone-based BMW Digital Key. BMW's digital key lets the owner use their smartphone to lock, unlock, and start the car without having to remove the phone from their pocket.
Digital Key Plus takes it further by allowing the owner to set up a master key via the BMW app. This will allow iPhone users to grant access to five other users, with restrictions.
A parent can, for example, grant their child access to the iX but can restrict the top speed, engine power, and radio volume. Digital Key Plus will ensure that your kids don't take your fancy electric SUV hooning. You can also ensure that other users can't disable BMW's dynamic stability control or driver assistance features. This feature should be especially convenient once BMW introduces the all-new XM, the Bavarian brand's most powerful car ever.
The final new piece of technology is called eDrive Zones. This applies to BMW's plug-in hybrid models with an electric range. It applies to cities with zero-emissions zones. Thanks to geofencing technology, the hybrid will switch to the fully-electric mode when it detects that it's moving into a zero-emission zone. This only applies if the car has enough range, however.
The owner will be able to keep an eye on these zones via the eDrive menu app, which will display eDrive zones in the navigation map. The feature is being piloted in three cities in California: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose.
BMW did not provide an exact date for the launch of this new technology, or whether Digital Key Plus will be made available for Android users.