ARi3
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BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:52 pm

Just purchased my 2nd i3 (2017 BEV), found one in my price range in CA and having it shipped to VA. I've been checking the BMW Connect app to track its progress. Does anyone know how often the app updates the car position? The car just started moving today and so far I saw it get 'stuck' at 2 separate locations in CA for a few hours... Never had a car shipped before, so it's possible that the shipper is still collecting cars before heading out east. Anyone done this and could chime in?

Rob
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KarlC
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Re: BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:00 am

I dont know anything about the BMW CD app, but I have had several car shipped and Yes it's possible that the driver is still collecting cars.

Keep in mind that the shipper often hires an independent truck driver, and that driver could be picking up for several shipper, plus have is own stops he may want to make along the way.

Its cool that you can track it at all.
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joni3s
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Re: BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:42 am

Maybe it's a bad cellular signal wherever the car is at?
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ARi3
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Re: BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:33 am

Looks like he’s finally out of Cali and heading East. GPS shows him on I-40 east of Albuquerque, NM. I think the app only updates when the car is not in motion - as every update was at a gas station/rest area. 1,765 more miles to go so probably 3 more days. Wish this car had 3D view capability!

-Rob
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robthebold
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Re: BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:02 am

ARi3 wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:33 am
I think the app only updates when the car is not in motion - as every update was at a gas station/rest area.
That's how it works when it's moving under its own power. Position updates are sent when it stops moving. You can't stalk your spouse in real time . . . ;)

It is interesting to know that it behaves the same way while being transported. I suppose it makes sense, but I'd never considered the case.

joni3s
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Re: BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:30 am

ARi3 wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:33 am
Looks like he’s finally out of Cali and heading East. GPS shows him on I-40 east of Albuquerque, NM. I think the app only updates when the car is not in motion - as every update was at a gas station/rest area. 1,765 more miles to go so probably 3 more days. Wish this car had 3D view capability!

-Rob
Where in VA will you be driving the i3? I haven't seen too many driving around Northern VA. I can count them on one hand (maybe 2 hands ).
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ARi3
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Re: BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:56 pm

joni3s wrote:
Where in VA will you be driving the i3? I haven't seen too many driving around Northern VA. I can count them on one hand (maybe 2 hands ).

I’m in Reston VA. I’ve seen a few of them here and there. But you’re right - not that many, it appears that the west coast has most of them.
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joni3s
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Re: BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:30 pm

ARi3 wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:56 pm
joni3s wrote:
Where in VA will you be driving the i3? I haven't seen too many driving around Northern VA. I can count them on one hand (maybe 2 hands ).

I’m in Reston VA. I’ve seen a few of them here and there. But you’re right - not that many, it appears that the west coast has most of them.
Nice, I'm driving my kids around that area almost daily for after school activities.
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Re: BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:18 pm

So my new i3 finally arrived last night, and after being transported in an open carrier cross country, it needed a wash pretty bad. Couple of thing I learned through this process - the BMW Connect app works differently for i3 (and perhaps i8 cars) than for non-i cars... For my 2015 X5, I can refresh its location at will, and provided that car is not in motion - I will get its current location. For the i3 there is no refresh option! The app updates the car's GPS location on its own rules and it appears that if the car is not turned on, it will assume that the car is still in the same spot. I only got 4 updates through the entire journey, 3 in California when the car was initially loaded, and subsequently moved around on the carrier as other vehicles were being loaded, once in New Mexico (another reshuffle?) and then no updates until the car got unloaded at my house.

As far as transporting the car cross country - I guess it depends on the driver, this guy provided no updates until calling me 2 hrs before the actual arrival to schedule the drop off (8pm on a Saturday night). The car made it undamaged, so it worked out ok, but not having daily updates or real-time tracking in this day and age was a bit frustrating.
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KarlC
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Re: BMW Connect app - shipping across country and tracking

Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:39 pm

Its great you got it,tell us more about what you bought and why all the way on another coast ?

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