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BMW Olympic car fleet struggles with satnav routing glitches


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 24 Jul 2012

pocketgpsworld.com
BMW has supplied a fleet of 4,000 vehicles for use in transporting athletes and officials to sporting venues during the event.

Each vehicle has been fitted with custom satnav software, the Dynamic Olympic Route System, which is supposed to guide drivers along the Olympic Route Network, the specially designated Olympic only lanes in London.

At least that is the intention. The trouble is the software has been beset by glitches and crashes which see the system default to the standard routing which has no knowledge of these special lanes.

BMW is working to resolve the issues but in the meantime, drivers are seeing their journey times in some cases double. Perhaps it might have made more sense to use drivers with local knowledge?



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Posted by Guivre46 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:17 pm Reply with quote

The Germans were poking fun at our rubbish olympic arrangements [and the weather] the other day. We should give them the same now.


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Posted by Kremmen on Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:32 pm Reply with quote

If past performance is anything to go by, by the time they fix it the Olympics will be over Laughing


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Posted by lenfish on Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:56 pm Reply with quote

I suppose testing it beforehand would be too obvious?

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Posted by DarrenR21373 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:50 pm Reply with quote

They should have been using Jaguars anyway - why give the contract to BMW, a foreign competitor? What a joke this country is...


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Posted by JockTamsonsBairn on Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:24 am Reply with quote

DarrenR21373 Wrote:
They should have been using Jaguars anyway - why give the contract to BMW, a foreign competitor? What a joke this country is...
A German owned company? As opposed to an Indian one?


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Posted by M8TJT on Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:25 am Reply with quote

But where are they made?


 
Posted by DennisN on Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:08 am Reply with quote

Why didn't they get TomTom to do the navigation system?


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Posted by M8TJT on Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:12 am Reply with quote

You know why Very Happy


 
Posted by shires999 on Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:09 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Perhaps it might have made more sense to use drivers with local knowledge?


By that you mean a london cabbie Laughing


 
Posted by JimmyTheHand on Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:12 pm Reply with quote

It's a wonder they can keep them long enough to find a fault in sat navs - Key fob reprogrammers steal BMW in 3 mins


J.

 
Posted by Hamie on Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:05 am Reply with quote

Bmw satnav has always been crap. And probably always will. Theybreally dont understand whats involved when it comes to navigation and status displays...


 
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