BMW Bringing Google Maps to New Models
MUNICH, GERMANY – Starting with the 2008 BMW X6 and all 2009 BMW models, owners who buy a BMW Assist Safety Plan will be able to send directions, phone numbers, and other information from Google Maps to their car, according to cars.com.
Owners will have to pre-send the information from a computer to their car, but the idea is that drivers won’t have to print out maps or directions — they’ll be synched with the car’s navigation. Phone numbers can also be sent and dialed via the car’s Bluetooth system.
The BMW Assist Safety Plan is standard on all BMW 5, 6, and 7 series vehicles and is offered as a stand-alone option or as part of option packages on all other models. That sounds similar to OnStar’s new Destination Download announced earlier this month, but BMW’s plan doesn’t require the use of an operator.