In-car point-of-interest and Google searches are all well and good, but it's hard to decipher what restaurants, bars and other local businesses are worth your hard-earned bucks while you're on the go. Yelp for BMW ConnectedDrive solves that problem.

Whatever your view of Yelp is (and there are many), the crowd-sourced business rating site is still the go-to source for many looking for up-to-date, relevant rankings of what's nearby. And with the latest update from BMW Online, drivers of most 2009 and later models can benefit from the service.

Additionally, you can email business listings to yourself or a friend, and BMW's infotainment system can also read off the three latest reviews so you won't be staring at the screen while trying to find a suitable sushi joint. Make the jump for the official details and a list of vehicles included in the update.

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BMW today announced that users of BMW Online in the US can now access Yelp in their vehicles. With Yelp on-board, customers can search for everything from the best local restaurants and boutiques to parking garages and banks. They are able to see ratings for those businesses while hearing reviews read out to them via the vehicle's text-to-speech feature. With the recent update to BMW Online's layout, BMW can seamlessly add new features (known as "applications") as they become available. Yelp is the first such application and there will be more to follow.

Customers who subscribe to the optional BMW Assist Convenience Plan and have a navigation-equipped vehicle capable of receiving the BMW Online service will be able to add the service today, without having to make any changes to their vehicle. Yelp reviews can be accessed through the new Applications screen that is now part of BMW Online with the update which took place earlier this month.

BMW Online is just one of the many ConnectedDrive services available to BMW customers. BMW ConnectedDrive combines various elements from online applications, driver assistance, call center services and solutions for the integration of mobile devices. As a result, BMW customers are provided with an exceptional form of mobility, with more safety, more convenience, and more infotainment.

The BMW Online Yelp application has several exciting features - Category Search – Search by category for nearby restaurants, cafes, shopping, nightlife, and more. - Results Overview – Results are sorted by distance and star ratings, and also list category information and number of reviews. - Details – Selecting a particular place gives more details about it. Customers can see the rating, address, distance, phone number, and information about reviews. Additionally, they can e-mail details of the business to themselves or any other e-mail address. - Reviews – The 3 latest reviews are available for the business. The customer can select one of those reviews and have it read back automatically.

BMW Online is available exclusively to Convenience Plan subscribers on BMW Assist with on-board Navigation system on the following models:

2009 and later Z4, 1, 3 and 7 Series
2010 and later 5 and 6 Series
2010 and later X5 and X6
2011 and later X3.


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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't think people still used Yelp but it looks interesting.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, but as mentioned by Corey, Yelp reviews need to be utilized with care...
      Scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome! Perefect feature - especially for the picky passenger who likes to play with the nav to find where to go eat when out. I really liked the rework of google local search after the last update - and this looks even better.
      Corey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet, so now I can get the opinion of a bar by some 20-something art major female who spends most of her time going on dates just to give places negative reviews unless they offer to pay off her Sallie Mae loan, WHILE DRIVING?!
      Trent
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have an 08' 3 series and would love to have this feature. I am always in new areas and it takes time to pull out the iPhone and go to Yelp to look for something. If enough other car companies included this feature there might be a stronger push for better customer service to keep their ratings high.