In Reply to: Navigation System voice (questions) posted by Noah on December 09, 1999 at 23:26:06:
No, no... the voice they have on the BMW site is waaaaay old. I don't know why they didn't update the site. Voice in the current system sounds natural and human. You also get a choice of male or female and several languages. There is no customization specific to the actual GPS system, so you can't specify what the voice is sayying, but if you select metric units elsewhere in the system then it will tell you things in meters. The only place you can customize anything is general settings screen for the car computer. Those settings are things like, what color scheme you want to use for the screen (choice of three), metric or imperial units, mpg/km/l, date format, 12/24hr clock and few others of equal significance. Overall the system will take you where you need to go but is very frustrating to use. The user interface of the software is horrible. Having said that I still highly recommend getting the GPS of some sort into the car. Just having a system is extremely useful, more so than you suspect if you've never had one. The BMW implementation of the system however is very poor as compared to other aftermarket systems, in particular the Alpine system which I had a pleasure to play around with. The BMW Nav will cost you around $1600 to $1800 and it comes built in and integrated. The Alpine is MUCH better in it's functionality but it will need to be forcibly ;) integrated and will cost you a lot more just for the hardware itself (around $2500). Then you need to calculate the custom installation and non-stock final result. While I hate the weird ass implementation of the BMW system as compared to the Alpine, I'd say that for most people it is a very good deal. I just hope they will try to keep up with the times a little better than they have so far.
'99 528i w/Nav
: I was just looking at the demo for the GPS on bmwusa.com, and I was wonding if the voice used in the car is as annoying as the voice used in the online demo. I was also wondering how much you can configure the GPS, i.e. different voices, have it say "turn north" instead of "turn left", any thing else you like or dislike about the GPS. Thanks a ton.
: '92 Maxima
: '01 540i/6 (if all goes well(read we don't lose any big accounts))
: p.s. what month did the 2000 E39 come out?(just trying to predict when the 2001 will be available)