US: BMW adds weather, fuel prices and stock indices

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.

See press release and more photos here.

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