offers a dedicated website for
PR, 15 Feb. 2008.
BMW’s safety and assistance telematics service, is
expected to be supplied on 30,000 new BMW cars in the UK
offers drivers a dedicated website and a unique
combination of facilities, emergency and breakdown
assistance as well as driver convenience services, with
new features such as Google Send-to-Car and RSS internet
information feeds directly into the car.
Send-to-Car feature marks a partnership with
Google, the world’s most frequented internet portal,
and offers BMW drivers an innovative new proposition.
The time-consuming destination selection process of
navigation systems has been virtually eliminated. The
driver can now select one or more destinations through
Google maps from the comfort of their work or home
office. These are then sent directly from their PC to
the car through the ConnectedDrive web portal. Once in
the car, the driver simply accepts the destination,
saving time and ensuring that their full focus is on
a complex sensor system determines
injury risks in accident.
new feature is the use of RSS
news feeds into a car (except Z4 and X3 models).
This innovation gives the opportunity of ‘clicking
and dragging’ RSS feeds from the internet into
the ConnectedDrive web portal. In the car, those RSS
internet news and information feeds are then displayed
in the iDrive screen when the car is stationary.
addition, the driver has access, through a manned call
centre (not a computerised database), to a vast listing
of UK locations such as cinemas, restaurants and sports
facilities. One call to the Information
Plus operator finds the desired destination
which, like the Google system, is then sent to the car
and accepted as a destination.
these driver aids, the safety benefits of the existing eCall
emergency connection to the 999 emergency services and bCall
link to the BMW breakdown service remain. The BMW
breakdown service confirms that January is their busiest
month for roadside assistance and in the event of an
accident, the driver only has to press the SOS button
from the on-board monitor or in the roof lining to gain
instant access to the Police, Ambulance or Fire services
through the 999 emergency services.
Send-to-Car: simplifies the
driver is involved in a severe incident and the airbag
is deployed, the eCall element of BMW ConnectedDrive
takes over and automatically instigates contact with the
999 emergency services. If the driver is incapacitated
and thus the operator receives no feedback, the car has
already sent the navigation co-ordinates of the location
using the embedded SIM card to the emergency services
call centre for help to be dispatched. Equally, if the
BMW driver witnesses a serious accident, he can inform
the 999 emergency services through the eCall system,
potentially saving other road users’ lives.
are already many instances of where ConnectedDrive has
literally saved lives. One situation occurred when a BMW
X5 was involved in an accident that rendered the driver
unconscious. As the airbag deployed, the car instantly
contacted the 999 emergency services who were dispatched
to the location of the incident, arriving before the
driver had regained consciousness. The car was written
off as a result of this accident, but the driver
potentially saved from serious injury.
is supplied as standard on all new BMW cars equipped
with Navigation and Bluetooth mobile telephone
connectivity for three years, with BMW expecting 30,000
cars to be specified with the options in 2008.