BMW first to launch in-car internet access in New Zealand

BMW first to launch in-car internet access in New Zealand

BMW New Zealand today announced plans to offer wireless internet functionality in its vehicles, making it the first car manufacturer to offer this new technology.

Drivers and passengers will be able access the internet and email accounts via the BMW iDrive system, using an internet-capable mobile phone. The system will operate only when the vehicle is stationary to avoid any driver distraction.

BMW Group New Zealand Managing Director Mark Gilbert said the announcement opens a new chapter in vehicle infotainment system technology.

“BMW has always been at the forefront of technological innovation and we continue that tradition by offering full in-car access to the internet,” said Mr Gilbert.¨¨”For many of us, the internet is an integral part of our daily lives which is why the ultimate driving machine must fully support, and be compatible with, our information and communication needs,” he said.

The system will utilise the BMW iDrive controller as a computer mouse, to navigate, select and scroll through web content, in the same fashion as a desktop computer.

The system also allows a direct interface with the Bluetooth and BMW Navigation System Professional for the purpose of calling numbers or inputting addresses, sourced from the internet.

“The beauty of this system is in its simplicity, utilising the driver’s internet capable mobile phone,” said Mr Gilbert.

Customers will be able to order BMW Internet from September onwards for delivery in November 2010.

BMW New Zealand today announced plans to offer wireless internet functionality in its vehicles, making it the first car manufacturer to offer this new technology.

Drivers and passengers will be able access the internet and email accounts via the BMW iDrive system, using an internet-capable mobile phone. The system will operate only when the vehicle is stationary to avoid any driver distraction.

BMW Group New Zealand Managing Director Mark Gilbert said the announcement opens a new chapter in vehicle infotainment system technology.

“BMW has always been at the forefront of technological innovation and we continue that tradition by offering full in-car access to the internet,” said Mr Gilbert.¨¨”For many of us, the internet is an integral part of our daily lives which is why the ultimate driving machine must fully support, and be compatible with, our information and communication needs,” he said.

The system will utilise the BMW iDrive controller as a computer mouse, to navigate, select and scroll through web content, in the same fashion as a desktop computer.

The system also allows a direct interface with the Bluetooth and BMW Navigation System Professional for the purpose of calling numbers or inputting addresses, sourced from the internet.

“The beauty of this system is in its simplicity, utilising the driver’s internet capable mobile phone,” said Mr Gilbert.

Customers will be able to order BMW Internet from September onwards for delivery in November 2010.

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