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BMW Developing Intelligent Navigation System

March 06, 2009

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ - BMW is working on a navigation system that can guess where you plan on going, according to the Web site www.inventorspot.com.

The new system, ILENA (short for Intelligent Learning Navigation) is able to provide a logical list of places where it thinks you are going. The system works by monitoring and recording you diving habits and destinations that you frequently visit. After compiling the data, the system can actually guess where you are heading each time you start your vehicle.

According to BMW, the system has shown to be accurate about 80 percent of the time, and this is just the beginning. Once the system has been used for a year or more, they expect the accuracy to be closer to 90 percent.

The system is also able to take stored data and optimize the vehicles performance for a specific destination. Overall, the whole process should offer a 5- to 10-percent increase in fuel economy.

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