BMW’s electric 7-series will feature the first 31-inch 8K Fire TV screen

BMW showed off its massive “BMW Theater Screen” earlier this year at CES without revealing which vehicles would feature the 31-inch 8K screen powered by Amazon’s Fire TV for Auto system. Now the automaker has revealed that it’s upcoming i7 xDrive60, which is its first electric full-sized 7-series luxury sedan, will mark the debut of the giant rear-seat entertainment screen. Read more ›

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BMW debuts a 31-inch 8K Fire TV screen that drops down from the vehicle’s ceiling

BMW has just debuted what is certainly the best implementation of Fire TV in a vehicle and, likely, the best TV watching experience in a vehicle, period. The BMW Theater Screen, as it is called, is an ultra-wide 31-inch screen that power-unfolds from the ceiling of the car with Amazon’s built-in Fire TV system. Sporting an 8K resolution, auto-dimming ambient lights, and window shades that automatically close when the screen deploys, it’s probably a better viewing experience than most home theaters. Read more ›

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Fire TV in Vehicles to gain new Home interface and Personalized Features

New Home Screen interface for Fire TV in Vehicles

Amazon has announced that it will be bringing the updated Fire TV interface, which first began rolling out to stand-alone Fire TV devices about a year ago, to the Fire TV systems built into vehicles. In addition to the visual overhaul, the update will add new personalization features to vehicles, including user-profiles and personalized recommendations. A new sync feature will also allow customers to resume content in the vehicle that was paused on a home Fire TV. Read more ›

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2022 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator are the next vehicles to gain built-in Fire TV rear-seat entertainment systems

Fire TV in the 2022 Lincoln Navigator

The Ford Motor Company is the latest automaker to make a deal with Amazon to bring built-in Fire TV rear-seat entertainment systems into its vehicles. Fire TV for Auto, as it’s officially called, first debuted in the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. It has since also been made an option for the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and it will be available in the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the three-row Grand Cherokee L. Now Ford and Amazon have revealed that the 2022 Ford Expedition and the 2022 Lincoln Navigator will also come with built-in Fire TV systems as an option. Read more ›

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Detailed hardware specs of the Fire TV for Auto systems in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Chrysler Pacifica

Now that the first vehicle with Fire TV for Auto, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, is on the road and the second vehicle, the Chrysler Pacifica, has been announced, more detailed information is available about what exactly is powering the Fire TV systems built into these vehicles. While you’re probably not going to be cross-comparing the CPU and RAM powering the rear screens when you’re car shopping, like you would when shopping for your next streaming media player, it’s still interesting to know what hardware is used, especially when these vehicles might be on the road for decades. Here are the hardware specifications for Amazon’s first Fire TV rear screen entertainment system. Read more ›

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Fire TV for Auto will be integrated in the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica minivan

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer was the first vehicle to feature Fire TV integration for its rear seat entertainment system. You can read all the details about how that system works here. Stellantis, the newly formed parent company of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram, has now announced that the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica minivan will be the second vehicle to feature Fire TV integration. Individual Fire TV for Auto systems will power the two 10.1-inch fold out touchscreens. Read more ›

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How Fire TV in a car performs and all the things it can do — Overview of Fire TV for Auto

Image: YouTube – Alex on Autos

Amazon’s Fire TV platform continues to evolve over the years. It started in a box in 2014 and then quickly expanded to an HDMI stick later that year. 2017 brought the first Smart TVs running Fire TV and a couple of years later, in 2019, Fire TV debuted in soundbars for the first time. Now, Fire TV has made its biggest leap yet with the introduction of Fire TV for Auto, the system for embedding Fire TV into the front and rear entertainment screens in vehicles. Here’s an overview of how that system works in the first Fire TV vehicle, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Read more ›

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Fire TV built into cars will use the same remote as Fire TV Smart TVs and have a display sharing function

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is the first vehicle to have Amazon Fire TV functionality built into its various screens, has reached dealerships. With its arrival comes a bit more information about Fire TV for Auto. For starters, the remotes that come with the system are identical to the Fire TV Smart TV remotes that come with all Fire TV TVs and soundbars in the US and other regions, with the exception of a car button. We also now know how front passengers will access the Fire TV experience through what appears to be screen-sharing functionality. Read more ›

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Amazon is encouraging Fire TV apps to add Touch Interaction

Amazon is now asking app developers to add touch interaction to Fire TV apps. Before you think this means that a touchscreen TV running the Fire TV operating system will be released in the future, this request is due to the upcoming release of cars that have Fire TV embedded into their rear seat entertainment screens, which are usually touchscreens. The first vehicle with this capability will be the Jeep Grand Wagoneer debuting later this year. Vehicles from BMW will also come with Fire TV Auto, as the system is being called, but none have specifically been announced yet. Touch interaction won’t be required for a Fire TV app to work in vehicles, but it certainly will make the experience better. Read more ›

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Fire TV for Auto appears to operate independently on each screen in a vehicle

The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which will be the first vehicles with Fire TV for Auto integrated into their various screens, were officially unveiled today. Nothing new was said about the Fire TV aspect of these vehicles, but the photos and videos that have come out of the press event seem to indicate that the Fire TV operating system will run independently on, at least, each rear screen. This appears to mean that each rear screen will act as if it has a separate Fire TV device connected to it, with its own configuration, as opposed to a single Fire TV device that controls all screens in the vehicle. Read more ›

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