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BMW Navigation Covers all Australian Mainland Capitals

27 July, 2000

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Less than 24 months since first launching the BMW in car Satellite Navigation, with operation in Melbourne and Sydney, BMW Australia is about to release the latest update of the maps which drive the system.

Version 3.0, which is scheduled for release in August, now includes mapping allowing BMW Navigation to operate in all mainland capitals with Darwin added to the latest CD maps. In addition the BMW system provides the major highways linking the capital cities. The most recent update also includes the ability to nominate destinations by street number, a feature which has been available since early 1999.

Added to the functionality of the latest update of BMW Navigation has been the introduction of Voice Control which is now an option offered on all BMW 7 Series (all of which feature BMW Navigation as standard).

Voice control not only allows the driver to change format of navigation instruction and request additional instructions but also interfaces with the in built telephone system allowing spoken number dial up and stored number retrieval and dialling. In addition the Voice Control system provides a memo function allowing the driver to store and retrieve verbal memos whilst on the road.

BMW Navigation operates by use of the GPS satellite system in combination with CD maps of the locality and movement and magnetic sensors in the vehicle to fix the position of the car accurate to within 10 metres.

Introduced to Australia by BMW in October 1998 and with the data of the CD's exclusive to BMW for the first 12 months, the Philips CARIN based system operates in conjunction with the BMW On Board Monitor which also provides details of all on board computer and sound system functions and allows for broadcast TV reception on to its LCD screen (the television picture can only be viewed when the vehicle is stationary).

The System provides audible instruction to the driver minimising the need to view the screen once the destination is entered. The visual support to the spoken instructions can be viewed either as a series of pictogram arrows with street name and next action information or as an adjustable scale colour map with the chosen route highlighted and vehicle position and movement reflected in real time. The system also provides for a 50-metre countdown to the next major change of direction to be displayed in the On Board Computer information panel on the lower part of the dash, within the drivers direct line of vision.

BMW Navigation is standard on all 7 Series and on the BMW M5. The On Board Monitor, which facilitates easier option fitment of BMW Navigation at $3,800, is also standard on 540i Executive, 330Ci coupe and 330Ci sedan and the soon to arrive X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. On Board Monitor and BMW Navigation can be fitted as an option to most of the current BMW model line up at a variable cost dependant on the model.

With the release of the latest version of BMW Navigation and the additional functionality of Voice Control BMW has once more demonstrated that it leads the market in providing beneficial 21st century technology to Australian motorists.

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