BMW has been setting the technological standards in Authority Vehicles for over 50 years. To give just one recent example, the introduction of BMW ConnectedDrive has revolutionised what is possible with integrated online services. For instance, it is now possible to find addresses on the internet (with Google Maps) and transfer these directly to a navigation system as destinations. The vital seconds that this saves the emergency services could be the difference between the success and failure of their mission.
The history of BMW Authority Vehicles dates back to 1955, when the legendary BMW 501 and BMW 502 went into service with the Munich police force. These vehicles set new standards of operational practicality – the V8 versions produced 95 horsepower and had a top speed of 160 km/h, both extremely impressive figures for the time. Ever since, BMW has constantly worked in partnership with authorities around the world to push back the boundaries of what is technically possible.