BMW Adds MyInfo Service Using Google Maps

David Gluckman

A new feature will allow BMW drivers to send destination information to their cars from a computer. Already available in Europe and Canada, BMW will offer its MyInfo service to U.S. customers starting with the 2008 X6.

Owners can use the Google Maps interface to find a destination and then transmit the address and an associated phone number to their BMW. Once the driver has used the Send function on the Web site, the information will appear in the MyInfo menu. This new feature allows planning for a trip from home and should also be a welcome alternative to imputing destinations via iDrive. Vehicles equipped with Bluetooth hands free can also use the system to call a destination. MyInfo can store up to ten destinations at a time. The service requires BMW Assist.

The 2008 X6 will arrive at dealers in late summer. For 2009, BMW will expand the MyInfo service to most of its lineup, including X5, X6, and 1-, 3-, 5-, 6-, and 7-series.

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