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markiemark
05-11-2005, 10:02 PM
Everyone,
I've had my '05 525 for a couple weeks now, basic car, auto, premium, nav.
I've been trying to figure out how to input a destination by using points of interest. I think either the BMW nav doesn't do what I want it to, or maybe my wife's land cruiser has spoiled me with its nav system. I asked the guy when i bought the car, of course he said "sure, it can do that".
Anyway, I'll describe what I want to do by illustrating how I can do it on my Land Cruiser Nav:
I'm in San Diego. I want to go to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. I live here and I don't even know what town its in. I hit destination, then POI, then San Diego Wild, and it pops up for me to select it as destination.
On my BMW Nav, to do the same thing, I have to enter the name of the town to get started, if i don't now the precise name, i'm out of luck. If i put just san diego, i get a list of public attractions starting from, i guess, the geographic center of town, and then moving out from there. The Wild Animal Park never shows up (its about 30+ miles from downtown, still san diego county though). I can't search by place or attaction name like the Toyota system, and then all the results i get are sorted by distance from the center of town it looks like.
On Mother's Day, i wanted instructions to get to Benihana's in San Diego. I hit desination, by POI, then i had to enter the state, then the city, then POI, restaurants, then asian, then i had to scroll and scroll and scroll until Benihana's showed up. If it had been more than a couple miles from the center of town i don't know how i would have found it (besides looking it up on mapquest and then inputting the exact street address).
So, is there something I'm missing here? Or is the Land Cruiser system better at getting you somewhere if all you have is a name?
Thanks,
Mark

Spartacus_33
05-12-2005, 09:01 AM
Everyone,
I've had my '05 525 for a couple weeks now, basic car, auto, premium, nav.
I've been trying to figure out how to input a destination by using points of interest. I think either the BMW nav doesn't do what I want it to, or maybe my wife's land cruiser has spoiled me with its nav system. I asked the guy when i bought the car, of course he said "sure, it can do that".
Anyway, I'll describe what I want to do by illustrating how I can do it on my Land Cruiser Nav:
I'm in San Diego. I want to go to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. I live here and I don't even know what town its in. I hit destination, then POI, then San Diego Wild, and it pops up for me to select it as destination.
On my BMW Nav, to do the same thing, I have to enter the name of the town to get started, if i don't now the precise name, i'm out of luck. If i put just san diego, i get a list of public attractions starting from, i guess, the geographic center of town, and then moving out from there. The Wild Animal Park never shows up (its about 30+ miles from downtown, still san diego county though). I can't search by place or attaction name like the Toyota system, and then all the results i get are sorted by distance from the center of town it looks like.
On Mother's Day, i wanted instructions to get to Benihana's in San Diego. I hit desination, by POI, then i had to enter the state, then the city, then POI, restaurants, then asian, then i had to scroll and scroll and scroll until Benihana's showed up. If it had been more than a couple miles from the center of town i don't know how i would have found it (besides looking it up on mapquest and then inputting the exact street address).
So, is there something I'm missing here? Or is the Land Cruiser system better at getting you somewhere if all you have is a name?
Thanks,
Mark
Although I love my E60........ BMW's NAV is inferior to most all other auto manufacturers, really doesn't make any sense to me..... but I didn't buy the car for it's NAV. :D

slowrider
05-12-2005, 09:13 AM
If you know the general area, you could use the crosshairs to select a location you think is close, then use POI off that destination. I've done that a number of times and it's quicker than manually entering the city. (Still doesn't sound as good as the Land Cruiser!)

markiemark
05-12-2005, 02:04 PM
Thanks for the replies, I guess the map cross-hair would work too.