BMW will distract you with casual games while you charge your EV

Not only Tesla can offer games that you can play while you wait in your car. BMW is working with AirConsole to bring casual gaming to its cars from 2023. The technology downloads games to your infotainment system and uses your phone as a controller. This is clearly intended to distract you while you’re charging your electric vehicle, but the automaker sees this as helpful when you’re waiting in the car – say, to pick someone up at the airport.

BMW hasn’t said which vehicles are up first for the gaming upgrade. However, it noted that the AirConsole’s technology is a “perfect” match for the curved display already used in vehicles like the iX.

This isn’t quite as flexible as Tesla’s approach to games, where you can play with dedicated controllers and even the car’s steering wheel. However, it could still prove valuable if you want to do more than fiddling with your phone while you wait. It’s also confirmation that when you can spend half an hour at a charging station, the role of a car’s infotainment is shifting in the EV age. They now serve as media hubs, just as useful when your car is idling.

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