iBike?

BMW iPhone App
BMW iPhone App

BMW always touts their 200,ooo-mile reliability (final drive issues notwithstanding).  But sometimes, even the most reliable bike has a problem.  And if you’re in a small town in the middle of nowhere–especially on a bike where dealers who can service it are few and far between–getting stranded can be a problem.

But, BMW has just released an iPhone app to help out. And it apparently it’s just chock full of cool stuff:

Compatibility with any registered BMW Motorrad model in the United States (models from 1981 onward).

Expedited handling of BMW Motorrad USA Roadside Assistance requests.

Automatic sharing of GPS location and motorcycle details (color, model, etc.) between the BMW Motorrad USA Roadside Assistance call center and the Motorcycle rider.

Direct telephone access to BMW contact information, including authorized BMW Motorrad Dealers, BMW Motorrad Customer Relations, and of course BMW Motorrad USA Roadside Assistance

You can add up to four different motorcycles to the app–each with it’s own picture–storing the colors, VIN, etc, in the app.  So, if you need help, you can just go to your iPhone, and get roadside assistance whenever you need it.

As long as you can get a signal, of course.

Now, they just need to get cracking on an app for Android.

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Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

1 thought on “iBike?”

  1. It is so true that they do need to get kicking on an android app. I don’t think that the developers of apps understand how powerful and how many more android phone users there would be, if they’d get more developers.
     
    The app looks pretty awesome for roadside assistance and such though.

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