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Now you can use iDrive to make browsing interwebs even more frustrating. :thumbsup:


BMW surfs the in-car-net

BMW Australia is set to offer wireless internet access in its cars before the end of this year.

The system will allow drivers and passengers to access the web and email accounts by using an internet-capable mobile phone, with the car's iDrive display screen acting as the computer monitor, and the iDrive joystick operating as a mouse.

As with some sat-nav systems and DVD entertainment systems, BMW's in-car internet system has been homologated to comply with Australian standards, and only works when the car is in "Park", to avoid any driver distraction.

BMW Australia managing director Stavros Yallouridis says being able to Google on-the-go opens the door to further advances for in-car infotainment.

"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," says Yallouridis.

The system will also allow the phone user to call numbers sourced from the internet, and even add new contacts to their phone through BMW's Navigation System Professional.

"The beauty of this system is in its simplicity, utilising the driver's internet-capable mobile phone," says Yallouridis.

BMW Internet will set you back $154 for vehicles under the luxury car tax threshold ($57,466), and $200 for new BMWs over that price.

The system is likely to make its first appearance in December, with orders commencing in August.

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Geneva 2011: BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

The new interpretation of the connection between the car and the driver, taken well into the second half of the century, is BMW's new Vision concept, called ConnectedDrive. Currently on display on the floor of the Geneva Auto Show, the model promises to reinvent the way in which the driver interacts and relates to his vehicle.

Questionable looks aside, the Vision bring to life and integrates into one smooth operating package all the infotainment systems and gadgetry we see today scattered in vehicles produced worldwide. Both existing and new technologies have been wrapped in an integrated shell, providing an interesting mix between information and light.

Read more: http://www.autoevolution.com/news/geneva-2011-bmw-vision-connecteddrive-live-photos-32094.html


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Geneva debut. 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mwdUhtN0UA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mwdUhtN0UA</a>

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