BMW has announced plans to introduce Android Auto to its range of vehicles from mid-2020.

The functionality will allow buyers to connect their Android smartphones wirelessly with vehicles equipped with the BMW Operating System 7.0.

The Munich-based firm (which already offers Apple CarPlay) says Android Auto will be “integrated directly” into the vehicle’s digital cockpit, meaning customers will be able to view information not just on the central control display but also in “intelligently adapted form” in the instrument cluster and head-up display.

“Many of our customers have pointed out the importance to them of having Android Auto inside a BMW for using a number of familiar Android smartphone features safely without being distracted from the road, in addition to BMW’s own functions and services,” said Peter Henrich, senior vice-president for product management at BMW.

“We will offer this service to our customers starting in July 2020,” he added.