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Google Local Search Online Experience Enriched In BMW’s ConnectedDrive Service

Google in a joint effort with BMW, have renewed the Google services package for BMW’s ConnectedDrive service. BMW is now introducing these services in every new car equipped with a professional navigation system as of Sep’10 to ConnectedDrive customer in Germany, Austria, France, Italy and the U.K.

Here’s what’s new?

  • “Firstly, introducing search suggestions for Google Local Search, with this, cars with new service will provide suggested results after entering first few characters.
  • Secondly, now enabling to have an advance look at the destination you’re going. “Pictures at your destination” is a new service that combines images of your destination from various online sources. Where available, you’ll see satellite imagery, user generated photos from the Panoramio community, or even Street View imagery that gives you a sense of what you can visually expect when you get to your destination in addition to place’s address, phone number, ratings, reviews, various business attributes, etc. information.

  • Thirdly and as always, we’re continuing to make improvements to Local Search, which’s already available in many cars worldwide and has become a very useful complimentary service to static-only point of interest (POI) searches from DVDs or hard drives,” explains Google.


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