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Exclusive: All BMW MY09 to receive built in navigation maps

News | June 21st, 2008 by 11

  In a surprising move, BMW has decided to get rid of the navigation disks in their iDrive system in all the 2009 models. The …

Exclusive: All BMW MY09 to receive built in navigation maps 

In a surprising move, BMW has decided to get rid of the navigation disks in their iDrive system in all the 2009 models. The maps will be preloaded into the navigation systems and for the people picking up their car in Europe through the European Delivery program, they will have both European and U.S maps loaded. 

Basically, when you pick up your car at the BMW Welt, you will have access to the European maps and as soon as your car gets to the VPC in the U.S, the BMW techs will switch it back to the U.S navigation map. So no need to carry a DVD around or borrowing it from someone else.

If for any reason you would like to receive any future map updates, you will have to take your car in at a BMW authorized dealer and for an extra charge, the maps will be updated.

We're not sure what was the reason behind this decision, but as soon as we hear more information, we will let you know.

Update:

The nav system will allow you to import your music from a CD or USB key onto the internal hard drive and also, the version that is being tested in Munich, it also display the Munich buildings in 3D. 

  • buis

    My guess is that it is a measure to fight piracy and increase earnings from navi-updates, which are probably pirated a lot, since they are pretty expensive…

  • plien69

    Could this be due to MY09 Nav systems being HDD-based? If so, this is a good thing, since HDD-based NAV systems are faster than DVD-based systems.

  • Toy Yoda

    It might be to fight piracy, but I don’t like it. BMW may produce good cars but they got some lousy dealerships, and I don’t really have a choice in quality in my region of the States.

    So, if I can avoid sending my car to the dealership, I would do so. And it’s quite sad that I would have to send my car in just to get it’s map updated.

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  • Horatiu B.

    I also believe that it has something to do with fighting the piracy, but also because they are moving to a hard-drive based nav system, which is definitely going to be faster and more responsive.

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  • Jon Harper

    can you spell convenience?

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  • Hantra

    @Toy Yoda:

    I sincerely agree with that. That’s why I hate this move. I look for ANY reason NOT to take my BMW to that godforsaken place.

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