[Ovmsdev] Using the BMW Connecteddrive API from OVMS

Chris van der Meijden chris at arachnon.de
Fri Feb 19 16:52:42 HKT 2021

Hi Steve,
great job you are doing on the i3 :-)
I would like to suggest to keep a feature using BMW's REST API optional
in your module. Ideally as "OPT-IN" from the WebUI.
OVMS users like me use OVMS as a complete replacement for any "calling
home" functionallities by the manufacturer. For privacy reasons I don't
want to be forced to set up an account at the manufacturer. I think
OVMS should best be useable without forcing the user to have to
register with the manufacturer (and therefor will be tracked by the
manufacturer). If a user decides to do so, no problem. But the module
should be able to work without connection to the manufacturer, I
Again, great job you are doing. My neighbor owns an i3. He is thinking
about using OVMS now too :-)
Greetinx from Bavaria (50km away from Munich)
Am Freitag, den 19.02.2021, 10:29 +0200 schrieb Steve Davies:
> Hi,
> One way to "command" the BMW/Mini cars is with the BMW ConnectedDrive
> app.    This talks to REST APIs on BMW servers around the place.  
> This API has been sniffed by others and seems simple to use.
> The actual delivery of the command to the car is deathly slow - at
> least here in South Africa.  I think it actually sends the car an SMS
> to kick things off.  And it doesn't always work.  Still, it does
> allow things like unlock / lock / climatise and what have you.
> I expect I can come up with some sort of "noop" operation that boils
> down to "wake up the car" which would be helpful to get fresh state
> from the car from time to time.
> Would you be OK with taking a PR for the bmwi3 vehicle module that
> uses this? 
> Are there any available frameworks for calling HTTP/JSON/REST APIs
> from the C++ code?
> Thanks,
> Steve
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