Google in your BMW: Google local search
Source: BMW Group
BMW is the only car manufacturer in the world to offer Google local search from inside the car. This function is available with immediate effect and means that, throughout Germany, local information can be called up directly from the internet in the car in a similar way to using a business directory. The search results can then be downloaded to the navigation system or mobile phone at the mere touch of a button. The system automatically recognises the location or destin-ation of the vehicle and displays the local results with name, address, telephone number and distance. Google local search is a service of BMW ConnectedDrive and is free of charge for three years in Germany
if the Professional navigation system has been selected.
Innovations for maximum comfort
With numerous innovations, BMW ConnectedDrive once again underscores its pre-eminent position in the field of driver assistance at the 62nd International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. Under the overall concept of ConnectedDrive, BMW unites individual online, assistance and service systems in the car which can be used directly via the navigation system or telephone and which significantly enhance comfort and safety. The ongoing development of these services guarantees the driver maximum mobile comfort and con-venience of information access at all times. As highlights of this year’s IAA, BMW ConnectedDrive showcases Google local search and BMW TeleServices, as well as the BMW emergency call function and the Personal Radio research project.
In the event of an accident, every second counts. That is why BMW provided its first cars with a lifesaving emergency call function as far back as 1997. Ten years later almost to the day, there are currently more than 500,000 vehicles on the road equipped with the BMW ConnectedDrive emergency call function.To date, the BMW emergency call has ensured rapid assistance worldwide in more than 20,000 cases. It is triggered either manually or by an automatic impulse when the crash sensors and airbags are activated. The vehicle independently relays its exact position data along with the chassis number, car model and colour. The emergency services are then contacted by BMW staff at the call centre. Based on the detailed information provided, the rescue team reaches the car in question in the quickest way possible – gaining precious time that in extreme cases could mean the difference between life and death.
The intelligent networking of the vehicle and BMW Service has now been extended, thus making for even greater convenience. The BMW Group is the only car manufacturer to offer not only the automatic BMW TeleService Call, by which the car automati-cally contacts the BMW Service Partner when a service is due, but also the option of activating the BMW TeleService Call manually. This is useful, for example, if the driver wishes to arrange an individual service appointment for a tyre change.
A new feature is that, in the unlikely event of a technical malfunction, the driver can contact BMW Breakdown Assistance directly at the touch of a button and initiate a BMW TeleService Diagnosis. In addition to transmitting the Condition Based Service Data (CBS), this also relays any error messages from the car. That gives the BMW Breakdown Assistance specialist a better chance of pinpointing the cause of a fault and initiating appropriate measures to rectify it. He can decide whether the functionality can be restored remotely using BMW TeleService Assistance or whether other action needs to be taken.
BMW Personal Radio.
The future of information access belongs to personalisation. To enable BMW drivers to compile their own personal in-car radio programme in the future, BMW Forschung und Technik GmbH – the BMW Group’s research arm – is working intensively on the BMW Personal Radio project. Based on the driver’s preferences, a diverse range of content is intelligently combined by the car to produce an in-dividual radio programme that can be accessed anytime and anywhere. Music or information programmes can be freely selected, paused, skipped or repeated. Irrespective of the transmission area, it is also possible to receive your favourite station in the car as a podcast through the internet.
At the 62nd International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the BMW Group along with its content partners Sony BMG, myAudioNews, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Sport1.de and Audible, as well as technology partner m2any, presents the state of the art of research and looks ahead to the technical possibilities of the future.
About BMW ConnectedDrive
BMW combines individual online, assistance and service systems in the vehicle under the overall concept of ConnectedDrive. These are services that can be directly accessed using the navigation system or phone and they make a significant contribution to the enhancement of comfort and safety. For example, BMW Assist accesses the latest traffic information and provides a personal information service, alongside the emergency call function. Any data requested on restaurants, cinemas or hotels can be incorporated directly in the BMW navigation system as a destination. Internet-based services such as calling up share prices, weather reports and free parking spaces come under BMW Online. The vehicle uses BMW TeleServices to contact a BMW Service Partner automatically when it needs a service. Further information is available online at www.bmw-connecteddrive.com.