BMWs show gas prices, weather

BMW announces addition of gas prices, weather forecasts, and stock indices to its existing Google Maps connection.

BMW weather forecast
BMW's weather data shows up as a graphically rich three-day forecast for the current location of the car. BMW

Keeping up with the trend of offering external data connections in cars, BMW announced the addition of gas prices, weather forecasts, and stock indices to its existing Google Maps connection. Drivers will be able to view a list of nearby fuel stations with gas prices; select the cheapest; and have the address automatically entered in the navigation system, catching up to a feature already offered by Ford.

Weather shows up as a graphically rich three-day forecast for the current location of the car or any destination. BMW says the system will also show weather advisories. Stock information, provided by Bloomberg, is limited to real-time updates of the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500.

The new information sources are available on the 2009 1-, 3-, and 7-series, and on the Z4, as long as they're equipped with the navigation system and BMW Assist. 2010 5- and 6-series BMWs with navigation and BMW Assist will also get the new system.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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