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      09-23-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Cool Video: BMW microNavigation Technology In Development

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BMW provides a look into the development of their prototype microNavigation which provides an even more detailed guide and navigation experience than the current generation of navigation software. The goal is to provide a detailed guide from your origin to a destination as precise as a specific parking garage level.





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      09-23-2011, 02:05 PM   #2
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He forgot to roll in his mirrors when he got out in that tight parking space. (shudder)

But seriously, this looks like a nice step up. The problem with current Nav systems is that they don't really offer a lot over the print-the-map-at-home-before-you-go strategy. This kind of detail might bring folks like me on board who consider Nav kinda pointless.

I couldn't tell if it was included here or not, but they need that cool Mercedes feature where you can search Google maps and download your route to your car before you leave the house.
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      09-23-2011, 02:08 PM   #3
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I couldn't tell if it was included here or not, but they need that cool Mercedes feature where you can search Google maps and download your route to your car before you leave the house.
This feature is already available in the latest ConnectedDrive / Navigation versions.
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      09-23-2011, 02:13 PM   #4
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Ah I did not know that, thank you.
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Ah I did not know that, thank you.
sadly it looks like you don't have nav, otherwise that new knowledge might be of practice use to you!
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I couldn't tell if it was included here or not, but they need that cool Mercedes feature where you can search Google maps and download your route to your car before you leave the house.
This feature is already available in the latest ConnectedDrive / Navigation versions.
Do you need BMW apps for this?
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      09-24-2011, 03:34 PM   #7
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what? i dont see the point of having to navigate through a parking garage. is it really that difficult? lane position, ok but not parking garage
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The parking garage is just an example of micronavigation. I'm sure there lots of other situations they plan on using it for.
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      09-24-2011, 03:55 PM   #9
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This feature is already available in the latest ConnectedDrive / Navigation versions.
Can you download the route itself though?

My experience with my 2010 vehicle is that it sends the destination address to your car. However,

- if the car's database doesn't have the new-ish address that can be found on Googlemaps, it won't work

- the car's database can give you a different route than appears on Googlemaps. For the destinations I've tried, Googlemaps not infrequently has better routing.

Does the latest version of BMW Nav improve on this?
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      09-24-2011, 04:02 PM   #10
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Can you download the route itself though?

My experience with my 2010 vehicle is that it sends the destination address to your car. However,

- if the car's database doesn't have the new-ish address that can be found on Googlemaps, it won't work

- the car's database can give you a different route than appears on Googlemaps. For the destinations I've tried, Googlemaps not infrequently has better routing.

Does the latest version of BMW Nav improve on this?
Good point.

I was speaking about being able to send a google maps destination from computer/phone to the car's navigation, so I'm not sure about the entire route. Perhaps someone who has the latest navigation build/version can speak on this.
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I read about this a couple years ago when they were first considering it.

Imagine your destination is a store within a shopping mall. Currently navs will get you to the generic street address for the entire mall. However, this will tell you where within the mall's parking lot you will need to go to get as close as possible. That way you're not searching the whole mall for your destination.

Or think of the same situation for a sprawling apartment complex that has the same street for all of its units. This will get you as close as possible, etc.
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This feature is already available in the latest ConnectedDrive / Navigation versions.
Yeah that's been available forever! Great feature
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      09-24-2011, 06:30 PM   #13
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Good to see that this is how in-car navigation systems are evolving. Some interesting points in here about routing options and specificity as well.
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that what we called Innovation.

Good work Beemer.
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Good point.

I was speaking about being able to send a google maps destination from computer/phone to the car's navigation, so I'm not sure about the entire route. Perhaps someone who has the latest navigation build/version can speak on this.
No. MY2011 BMW 550i with iDrive/GPS can only receive the destination address, not the actual route; it leaves the car logic to figure that much out.
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Good point.

I was speaking about being able to send a google maps destination from computer/phone to the car's navigation, so I'm not sure about the entire route. Perhaps someone who has the latest navigation build/version can speak on this.
I have 2012 and i can only send address, not the entire route
When you try to send whole route it tells you it will send only destination address
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when highways are layered on top of one another... then nav fails (currently)

I believe many cell phones now have barometric pressure devices if not present then accounted for in chip architectural design so one can geo position in x,y,z

natural progression after that is cars..laptops etc..

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Nice. I'd have gotten lost as soon as I saw all the new cars @ the Welt!
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looks good!
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Anything is an upgrade on the POS BMW excuse for a NAV.
Really? POS?

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A good step in the right direction. Several times, I have two back to back turns, and am nowhere close to the correct lane I need to be in.

I would simply appreciate BMW just being able to show the map, and the next TWO turns so it would be easier.
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Anything is an upgrade on the POS BMW excuse for a NAV.
I don't know that I'd call it a POS but I'm definitely not happy with the routes the car chooses. On my Honda, it would give me separate routes I could choose from: fastest, easiest and avoid highways for example. Unfortunately, BMW nav seems to default to the shortest route, which can often involve lots of slow, bumpy, side road driving. Maybe there is a way to change this but it wasn't easy to locate.
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