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BMW Drivers Can Now Use the Precipitation Radar

What if you could check he weather while you are behind the wheel to avoid rainy roads in the favor of the sunny ones? This is now possible, as long as you drive a BMW. All you have to do is turn to an on-board precipitation radar.

BMW is the first car manufacturer to offer its customers the option of calling up graphics inside the car that show the current precipitation for any location in Germany. The graphic display features two zoom settings, are updated every 15 minutes and show the geographical distribution of rain, hail or snow.

The precipitation radar, a service offered by BMW ConnectedDrive, is a further development of the weather forecast that is already available in the car. By contrast with the high-resolution precipitation graphics, this gives information on current and forecast weather conditions at the present location and the destination, as well as any selected city in Europe.

From July 2009, drivers will also be able to call up a “Precipitation Pattern” menu option that provides an animated representation of cloud movements over the last 90 minutes.

BMW ConnectedDrive comprises of five services: BMW Assist, BMW Online, BMW Tracking, BMW TeleServices and in-vehicle internet access, which can be directly accessed using the navigation system or phone.

BMW Assist accesses the latest traffic information and provides a personal information service. Any data requested on restaurants, cinemas or hotels can be incorporated directly in the BMW navigation system as a destination.

Internet-based services such as calling up share prices, weather reports and free parking spaces come under BMW Online. The vehicles use BMW TeleServices to contact a BMW Service Partner automatically when it needs a service.

If you are curious to know more details about BMW ConnectedDrive’s Services, follow this link.

 
 
 
 
 

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