SmartThings + BMW

BMW can take you anywhere, and starting today, SmartThings can bring you home.

We’re excited to unveil a brand-new integration that will enable you to control and monitor your smart home from your BMW. By accessing your SmartThings account from your BMW, you will be able to trigger preset and custom Routines, stay connected with family members by seeing who’s home, and get important alerts about what’s happening in and around your home through the Smart Home Monitor feature of SmartThings–all on your BMW in-car display. Your BMW will also sense when it comes within close range of your home and can trigger your garage door to open.

The integration will be demoed live at this week’s CES and is available now as part of the 2.0.7 version of the free SmartThings app for Android (the iOS version will follow). Any BMW vehicles that are equipped with the ConnectedDrive Services feature (in vehicles from the model year 2013 and newer) will be able to access the SmartThings integration.

While the ability to manage your smart home directly from your BMW is available today, BMW is also building a second set of features that will be available shortly. As part of it, you will be able to access your BMW as a Thing within the SmartThings app, and access important information like its mileage, range, battery charge state, location, and whether any car doors are open. In addition, you’ll also be able to do things like turn on the A/C, honk the horn, lock/unlock the doors, turn on its lights, and incorporate these actions into custom Routines or SmartApps.

This integration is the latest example of the power of the SmartThings open platform. By enabling innovative brands to join forces and build unique customer experiences, we can make our lives and our world a lot smarter. Developers, you can learn more and help us build a smarter world at developers.smartthings.com.

Be sure to check back regularly here on the blog as we continue our SmartThings coverage from CES 2016.

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  • Any plans on integrating with other car manufactures? Just got my Tesla Model X and would love to see this integration!

  • How about other marques, like Bentley and Maserati? I haven’t driven a BMW since I was in high school…

  • Alex Lopez

    Assuming the ‘Smartthings’ app is available via the ConnectedDrive app store?

    • Anne

      The SmartThings app version 2.0.7 is available via Google Play Store. Additionally, you need to install the BMW or MINI Connected app depending on your type of vehicle. These apps are also available via Google Play Store.

      • Chris

        If only Samsung / BMW had chosen to make SmartThings available in the car via the BMW Online menu, in ConnectedDrive. That way, drivers would need to keep plugging in their smartphones via USB/cradle everytime they wanted to get into SmartThings in the car. Keep it Simple guys – too many physical connection and login steps make it laborious and ultimately a turn off. Please think about having a native iDrive app running from the “BMW Online” menu option under ConnectedDrive, instead of only in the ConnectedDrive Apps selection.

      • Alex Lopez

        No luck with accessing SmartThings via BMW ConnectedDrive. Currently have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 running Android version 5.0.1, and SmartThings version 2.0.7. Much to my dismay, folks at BMW are surprisingly unfamiliar with the ST feature and unable to help. Android’s ConnectedDrive app is woefully underserved, offering almost none of the third-party app support iOS users can enjoy. Other than Facebook and Twitter, plus a little diagnostic and distance tracking, the Android’s ConnectedDrive app is almost entirely useless.

  • kcdk99

    How’s the iOS app coming along. Would love to have this capability for my iPhone. Thanks!

  • Chris Milne

    Any chance of an update to the iOS app for the BMW? It’s been a while since we had an update.