BMW will launch a new 7-series in Germany in November that will eventually have the capability to tell dealers when a service is due via satellite.
The car, due to be unveiled in Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, will alert dealers to its condition so they are aware of its maintenance needs and ensure parts are in stock.
But at launch in November, the car will store such information in the ignition key that dealers will read to determine work needed. Information provided could include the mileage left in the brake linings or air filter. BMW said that in the future this information will be transmitted by satellite.
The manufacturer will also offer the new 7-series with internet access and email, as part of the BMW Assist package already available with the current 7-series. (July/August 2001)