BMW NA Offers Real-Time Fuel Prices, Weather and Stock Info

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Official Release: BMW has enriched its award winning BMW Search service to provide online access to up-to-date fuel prices, weather forecasts and major stock indices. Now, whenever a driver or passenger wants to know the Dow Jones, S&P 500 or NASDAQ indices, BLOOMBERG provides the answer through BMW Search with constant updates on the control display.

With the introduction of Google MapsTM database search capability in September 2008, BMW became the first auto manufacturer in the USA to enable an online data connection within the vehicle, allowing customers to quickly find points of interest with just a keyword.

BMW Search will automatically identify the current location and destination of the vehicle and advise occupants of the closest gas stations and current prices at the pump. To help choose a station, results are displayed with details of address and distance, and route guidance may be started at the push of a menu option. The driver can view fuel prices at the vehicle’s current location and at the destination entered into the navigation system.

The new BMW Search weather service provides the latest forecast for the next three days and even provides weather advisories and warnings. Again, weather can be viewed for the vehicle’s current location and for the destination entered into the navigation system.

These new features will be available to new customers and existing subscribers when they purchase the optional BMW Assist Convenience Plan on BMW Assist and BMW Navigation system-equipped 2009 and later Z4, 1 Series, 3 Series and 7 Series as well as 2010 and later 5 Series, 6 Series, M5, and M6, effective June 30, 2009.

With these enhancements to BMW Search, BMW reinforces its commitment to bring state-of-the-art technology and content to customers. This effort represents another building block in the robust BMW ConnectedDrive services portfolio.

About BMW AssistTM :

BMW Assist provides the driver with services that enhance on-the-road security and convenience, for added peace of mind. The BMW Assist and Bluetooth® System is standard on all 5, 6 and 7 Series models, including the M5 and M6, and is included in the Premium Package or available as a stand-alone option on all other models. BMW includes the Safety Plan for 4 years at no additional cost. BMW is the only manufacturer that offers this duration of service as other manufacturers only include the first year. The BMW Assist Safety Plan is a subscription based service that is subject to certain limitations.

The vehicle equipment integrates GPS technology and hands-free wireless communication functions to deliver emergency and other services, accessed via buttons in the overhead console or menu options on the control display. The BMW Assist system transmits the location and vehicle information to the BMW Assist Response Center. A response specialist speaks with the vehicle occupants to coordinate dispatch, notify emergency contacts on file, and links BMW Roadside Assistance or emergency services as needed and/or requested. A severe accident will automatically activate the Automatic Collision Notification function.

The BMW Assist Safety Plan also includes Door Unlock and Stolen Vehicle Recovery services, which can save the driver time and money. MyInfo allows users to send business listings and street addresses with associated phone numbers from the Internet, directly to their BMW. TeleService automatically notifies the BMW center when the vehicle needs service. A service advisor then proactively calls the customer to set up a convenient appointment.

BMW Assist subscribers can also enroll in the optional BMW Assist Convenience Plan, available at a cost of $199 per year, to avail themselves of BMW Assist concierge services; from finding the lowest fuel price or a four star French restaurant in the area to information on flight arrival gates or times, as well as receiving directions, traffic and weather information. On most models produced September 2006 and later, a selected destination and its phone number can be sent directly to the BMW Navigation system and the subscriber’s Bluetooth – linked mobile phone, after a push of the Concierge menu option. On most 2009 and later models equipped with the BMW Navigation system, BMW Search allows online access to stock indices, fuel prices and weather information and the Google Maps database inside the vehicle. The Convenience Plan also includes Critical Calling, a service that can connect the driver to a requested party via a response specialist in case the subscriber’s mobile phone is not in the vehicle or its battery is discharged.

Lastly, the BMW Assist system includes Bluetooth hands-free calling and phone connectivity with phonebook access and speech recognition for dialing by name or number via steering wheel controls or control display. Use of this feature requires a customer-provided compatible Bluetooth mobile phone. To learn more about BMW Assist, please visit www.bmwassist.com.

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  • Dr Obnxs

    Real time info is good, as far as local gas price and traffic, but real time stock price info only really matters to day traders, and does nothing but amplify the volatility noise that is already a problem in todays financial environment.

    But I’m sure that lots of the BMW demographic will like the feature…. Oh well….

    Matt