Google Maps Send to Car
GOOGLE MY CAR
With increasing delays at airports (both due to security, weather, and, more recently, entire fleets of aircraft grounded due to safety compliance checks), more business travelers are taking to the road in lieu of flying. Now you can use Google to send your destination(s) to your car’s satellite navigation system as well.
Introduced by BMW in early 2007 in European markets, both Mercedes-Benz USA and BMW of North America now offer drivers the ability to send a destination, including street address and telephone number, to a satnav-equipped vehicle from virtually any computer (including a smartphone) connected to the Internet.
Once you have a destination up on Google Maps, simply click on Send to Phone, choose the “Car” option, choose between BMW and Mercedes-Benz, enter your e-mail address (the address associated with your BMW Assist or Mercedes TeleAid account), and press send. The sender can add a personal message (“Meet me at 3 p.m. at the main entrance”); this can be used to send short messages to the car for other purposes as well of course, making the service far more useful.
In a Mercedes, simply press the TeleAid “i” button to complete the download of the address to the vehicle and start route guidance: multiple addresses will require multiple downloads. BMW’s offering is a bit more advanced in that all messages are automatically downloaded to the car’s MyInfo section within the BMW Assist menu. You can immediately start route guidance or, if your BMW is connected to a Bluetooth mobile, you can call the telephone number that was sent without having to enter it manually.
Mercedes-Benz Search & Send is available on 2007 S-Class and CL-Class vehicles with TeleAid and on 2008 C-Class vehicles (with Multimedia package and TeleAid). BMW MyInfo is available on the 2008 X6 starting with April 8, 2008 production and the 2009 1er, 3er, 5er, 6er, 7er, and X5.
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.