BMW, Google Maps Hook Up in "MyInfo"

April 14, 2008

BMW and Google Maps are teaming up for MyInfo, a new service that neatly outflanks BMW's maddening iDrive-powered navigation system and lets you beam a Google-mapped destination right to your car.

BMW USA says this new functionality for its navigation systems -- part of its BMW Assist Safety Plan -- will let subscribers send street addresses and phone numbers they've found in GoogleMaps right to their properly-equipped car.

The new X6 is the first vehicle to offer the service. In the new crossover, the integration makes entering the destination a snap: an address can be located on the Google Maps site, then sent to the car's assigned email address (yep, your car now has an email address), along with a note if you like. Pushing the MyInfo button inside the car brings up the destination on the X6's navigation system.

Not only does the destination appear, but you can also send the information to friends from the road. And, BMW adds, there's no charge for the service for the first four years since it's included in BMW Assist's Safety Plan.

Look for the service to expand in the X5, 1-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, 6-Series and 7-Series in the 2009 model year.

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