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      04-07-2009, 06:59 PM   #1
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How to import from Garmin Nuvi to iDrive

As a prospective 335i owner awaiting ED, I am spending my idle time researching how to migrate to the 335i.

I currently have a Garmin Nuvi GPS with a number of stored addresses. How do I migrate these to the BMW's idrive navigation system?

I am aware about the Gmail import but that doesn't suit a mass import. The USB key seems the appropriate method but I haven't found anything specific on the internet about this.

Has anyone already done this migration and, if so, how?
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I can't think of any easy way to do it other than send each one via Google Maps to the iDrive.

I'd also be interested in a solution.
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Importing GPX files into iDrive

Just pondering this further... you can "export" from the Garmin Nuvi by copying the current.gpx file from your unit to your PC/Mac. You can also use Garmin's Roadtrip to read and export a cleaned up version of this file.

So, the real question should be, how does one import GPX files into iDrive?
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Can you somehow import those files into a blackberry or other smartphone? If so, then you could bluetooth those addresses into your car.
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Export from Google Earth to iDrive

Another possible direction...

You can directly import the GPX files into Google Earth (File > Open File).

I haven't figured out how to tie that into the iDrive but, given the Google/BMW relationship, I thought that might be a step closer...
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interesting topic, though challenging..this may be very helpful if resolved..im planning to import some bmw floor mats,,and hope I can learn it here..

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How to import from Garmin Nuvi to idrive

Last post here was in 2009. Has anyone figured this out? I have X5 2010 Nav system.
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I never solved the problem. The best workarounds were either:
* send a waypoint from GMap to the car wirelessly or
* reenter the waypoint as an address, sync via BlueTooth, and then select from the mobile phone's addressbook.

It's a shame because I would like to keep my destinations in sync between my 335ixc's iDrive and my K1200S's Zumo.

I go back to my earlier observation--there should be an import facility for the iDrive nav... if not gpx, then another published format that someone could write a waypoint conversion utility.

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