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BMW ConnectedDrive. Navigation map updates by mobile

Interesting | April 10th, 2014 by 4
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As the world’s leading provider of online-based services in the automobile, BMW is building on its lead with additional innovative applications. The study entitled “Top …

As the world’s leading provider of online-based services in the automobile, BMW is building on its lead with additional innovative applications. The study entitled “Top global connected car manufacturers” currently confirms the outstanding position of BMW ConnectedDrive in the context of an international comparison. This study was commissioned by Vodafone and carried out by Machina Research, a leading analyst in networking.

Today, the navigation system Professional is already a benchmark for maximum convenience and information on the route to the destination. In conjunction with the next generation of the system, BMW ConnectedDrive permits a regular automatic navigation map update. The data are transferred “over the air” using the mobile SIM card installed and there are no licence charges or transmission costs for the user.

BMW ConnectedDrive. Navigation map updates by mobile

The possibility of receiving continuously updated data also forms the platform for the “fuel price search” by BMW online. On request, it displays continuously updated fuel prices at filling stations in the surrounding area, at the destination of a satnav route or at any other location in Germany. At the touch of a button, the system takes the driver directly to the filling station. From July 2014, the “fuel price search” can be called up directly using the map view of Navigation Professional.

Convenient updates for navigation maps using mobile technology.

The advanced BMW navigation systems work quickly, conveniently and reliably. The latest map material is a key factor for this process alongside the vehicle data and the signals for the GPS signal. The latest navigation maps ensure that new roads and modified traffic routes are known. These data can also be effectively included in route planning, as can information concerning matters such as changed urban boundaries. This is transferred into the onboard network for predictive energy management. In order to allow users to access the latest maps at any time, BMW ConnectedDrive is taking new pathways with the next generation of Navigation Professional. The navigation maps are automatically updated with this system, and obsolete databases have been consigned to the history books.

The SIM card installed in the car itself uses mobile technology to transfer the new map data to the vehicle without any diversion over an external data carrier and manual installation.

The system is regularly updated and this happens several times a year if a new map version is available. The progress of the update is displayed in the Control Display. Installation is convenient and completely autonomous. This system provides the latest map software as a basis for perfect navigation without any delays. During the updating process, all navigation functions are available without any restrictions. No registration is required for automatic updating and users do not have to log on to a portal.

This innovative solution is a constituent element of the Professional navigation system. There are no licence costs for customers and no charges for data transfer.

  • Ben

    Its a good start. But Audi is way ahead with 4G LTE, Google Maps and Google Street View for navigation, starting with the 2015 A3. BTW, BMW has a tech center in Silicon Valley, close to Google Campus, I hope they will bring some innovations (catch up).

    • Tim Easton

      BMW’s have google send to car and street view!!
      Do proper research before making comments!

  • Chuck Vossler

    Wonder what year this starts? New BMW’s only?

  • Freepat 75014

    Who knows if its maps include speed limits records, meter by meter, and if it’s linked to BMW automatic gear box, so you can request it to control that you never ever exceed the speed limits ?

    Main pain point for typical BMW high-mileage customers like me in France today, is loosing your driving licences as the automatic radars checking speed limits, have been multiplied to many thousands, all over the country, everywhere. When your 12 points on driving licence have been reduced by more than half, then you anticipate you’re at high risk to loose it all (One Red Light is 4 x points, one Mobile phone in hands is 3… So 6 is closed to death), and your thinking changes. You reduce your mileage dramatically, including moving from 6 vacations trips per year to 2, and you stop willing to replace your car by a new one (Not gonna buy a new BMW if in a few months I can’t drive it any more, so delay that). So for car manufacturers it should be critical to help their customers protect their driving licence… Which requires driving assistants that can totally control Speed limits compliance….

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