Surf the net while in your car
BMW claims to be first auto manufacturer to provide full access to web and e-mails while travelling in a car
German automaker BMW said on Wednesday it is now offering in-car-technology with its BMW 7 Series that will allow full internet access from the dashboard display of its flagship model.
In doing so it also claimed to be the world’s first automaker to provide such a service.
Offered through the BMW ConnectedDrive communications service, BMW Online gives passengers the option to surf the internet while travelling.
The internet is viewed on the central display in the instrument panel or on the rear passenger DVD display screens and navigated using the iDrive controller.
Rear seat passengers can browse websites and access their e-mails at any time. For safety reasons, those in the front can only access these functions when the car is parked.
Figures released last week showed Mideast sales of BMW’s 7 Series up by 73% during the first half of 2009.
The automaker reported that a total of 2,077 models were sold between January and June this year - Saudi Arabia being the largest market with 617 cars sold; an increase of 124%.