Glympse partners with BMW and MINI to provide in-car location sharing
Integration provides BMW Apps and MINI Connected drivers with location technology, ability to share whereabouts with calendar, contacts, social networks
SEATTLE, March 27, 2013 — Glympse Inc., the mobile technology company that pioneered temporary real-time location sharing, today announced a new partnership with BMW Group to provide mobile location sharing for drivers with BMW Apps ready vehicles and MINI Connected. With the new integration, Glympse will join a highly select number of premier mobile app leaders to provide services to BMW and MINI drivers.
Through this integration in the Glympse app, drivers with BMW Apps and MINI Connected can easily broadcast their location to their friends through Facebook and Twitter, as well as their calendar contacts and their entire contact list. Updating friends, family, and their social networks with their current location becomes a fluid and seamless experience. By incorporating familiar elements like the Glympse Timer and the ability to send an estimated time of arrival (ETA) and destination to calendar event attendees, this implementation has reached a new milestone in mobile location sharing.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer BMW and MINI drivers the ability to update friends and family with their whereabouts right from their car. With this integration, we’ve been able to make sharing your location from your car as easy as changing the radio station,” said Bryan Trussel, CEO and co-founder of Glympse. “We are focused on partnering with top-tier companies in industries that benefit from real-time location sharing.This latest automotive partnership underscores the value that Glympse provides to drivers looking to bring the mobile experience to the automobile dashboard.”
To access Glympse, BMW drivers will simply plug in their iPhone and the custom BMW optimized interface shows up on the in-car dash. Drivers can select their contact’s email, attendees of an upcoming calendar event, Facebook or Twitter and, with a simple touch of the controller, conveniently share their location from their car with whomever they choose for a set period of time, from minutes up to four hours. Recipients can view the sender’s location on a dynamic map in real-time, either on a desktop or mobile device, and they do not need to have the app downloaded to be able to watch their friend’s location.
“With this partnership, we are excited to expand our roster of apps within the BMW Group Application Integration Program. Our drivers will be able to share where they are on the road safely, simply and with a touch of a button,” said Phil Johnston, Product Manager for the BMW Group Apps Platform from the BMW Group Technology Office. “Working with the team at Glympse has been a great experience and we look forward to launching the integration together.”
To download Glympse from the App Store/Google Play, visit http://www.glympse.com/get_glympse.
Glympse® is the pioneer of person-to-person location sharing in real-time, for a set amount of time. With an intuitive design and enhanced features, such as Glympse Groups, the company easily integrates location sharing into every day activities, meetings and events. Glympse has partnered with several top-tier companies who have integrated Glympse functionality into their products and applications. The company is backed by Menlo Ventures and Ignition Partners.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 116 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
The BMW Group
The BMW Group is the leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 28 production and assembly facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. In 2012, the BMW Group sold about 1.85 million cars and more than 117,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2012 was euro 7.82 billion on revenues amounting to euro 76.85 billion. At 31 December 2012, the BMW Group had a workforce of 105,876 employees. The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last eight years.