Another World First For BMW As It Opens The Door To In-Car, On-Line Communications | Part Two

What you need to access BMW Online?

7 Series customers specifying BMW Online as an option must also have an in-car telephone and GPS navigation system. It will be available at a cost of £450 (inc VAT) which includes subscription to the service for one year.

What services are available via the BMW Online portal? Mobile Office

The mobile office section gives subscribers access to a dedicated e-mail account and a personal address book. The address book can be set up through , and contact details can also be transferred to the in-car telephone and navigation system.

Business Directory - In association with D&B (Dun and Bradstreet)

This comprehensive on-line business directory allows customers to find a business contact, searching by category within a chosen location.

Hotels and Restaurants - In association with Michelin

Partners Michelin promote access to a range of listed hotels and restaurants. Choose by category, within a chosen location.

Entertainment and Leisure - In association with The Press Association and Michelin

This includes theatres and cinemas brought to drivers by The Press Association, with the option to search for the nearest cinema showing a specific film. It also includes a ‘places to visit’ search, courtesy of Michelin.

News and Weather - In association with The Press Association

The latest headlines, world, sport and entertainment news are accessible, as well as weather information including three-day forecasts.

Business and Markets

Latest company and market news can be sourced, including graphs and diagrams such as up-to-date FTSE trends.

Mobility Service

Mobility Service features a directory of BMW dealers.

My BMW Online

Owners can bookmark favourite BMW Online services for quick and convenient access.

As well as accessing these services from a BMW 7 Series, customers can also manage their personal account via from a PC at home or in the office. It is also possible to view the BMW Online portal from a wap mobile (

BMW Assist - A rapid response vehicle

Accidents and vehicle breakdowns are unpleasant experiences, particularly for lone drivers, however with BMW Assist, another new 7 Series option, drivers can be confident that help will soon be on its way.

BMW Assist allows users to contact emergency services at the touch of a button, through Emergency SOS Call or, in the event of a breakdown, to call BMW Breakdown Service. Operators pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location remotely using the vehicle’s GPS, sending assistance with the minimum of delay.

In more serious accidents, Emergency SOS call is activated directly by vehicle airbag sensors. This means that even seriously impaired occupants can be confident that emergency services know exactly where to send help.

BMW Assist - Information Plus

Clicking on the Information Plus option on the control display also allows drivers to connect to an operator by on-board telephone to source information on points of interest. This is then sent directly to the driver’s on-board monitor via SMS where it can be transferred into the navigation system or telephone.

Published : 26/04/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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