BMW first to introduce "in-car internet" in Australia

Linked to via iDrive + 3G-ready smart phone.

Published Tue, Jul 20 2010 3:22 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:34 PM CST
BMW, one of the leaders in technological car gadgetory are bringing aboard select production vehicles another advancement to help distract them some more from the critical responsibilities of road awareness down under.

BMW will be the first car maker to bring vehicles to Australian roads with an in-car web surfing option. BMW simply refer to it as BMW Internet; it's designed to work via the iDrive interface and utilizes a 3G network equipped smart phone for its connection point. So it's not quite as advanced as you may have first thought with self-linked internet, but I'm sure in the not too distant future they will tick that box.

BMW first to introduce in-car internet in Australia |

The system is also designed not to be operational when the car is in motion, but we all know how quickly someone will find a way around that.

"BMW has always been at the forefront of technological innovation and we continue that tradition by offering full in-car access to the internet. 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."

The system will cost $154 as an optional extra for Vehicles that are under the luxury car threshold (AU$57,466), and vehicles over that price will require $200 for the system. The system won't be added to existing cars on the road and models on the show floor must already have the Professional Navigation System installed as standard.
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