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      10-11-2021, 06:11 AM   #1
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The new remote BMW software upgrade is here

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      10-11-2021, 06:16 AM   #2
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The press release:

BMW Remote Software Upgrades deliver comprehensive improvements to key vehicle functions, bring the latest digital products into the vehicle over the air and ensure software is always up to date. The BMW Group is offering its third over-the-air upgrade this year – this time for around two million BMW vehicles worldwide. By the end of 2021, the world’s largest upgrade-compatible fleet will be on the roads, with over 2.5 million connected BMW vehicles, from conventionally powered cars to plug-in hybrids to the fully-electric BMW.

The BMW Group’s most extensive Remote Software Upgrade campaign to date will begin with the rollout of the latest version of BMW Operating System 7 (Ver. 21-07) on 11 Oct. 2021. The campaign will kick off in Germany, with other markets to follow in stages. This comprehensive Remote Software Upgrade campaign will focus on expanding and improving driver assistance functions. Spotify will also enhance the entertainment experience offered by BMW Connected Music and can now also play podcasts. BMW M3 and M4 drivers can look forward to a unique new sound experience while driving, thanks to M Sound Control. Each of these new features offers customers greater convenience, enhanced safety and, quite simply, more Sheer Driving Pleasure.

New to this campaign is that My BMW app users can exclusively download this version for free during the first two weeks. The upgrade will then be available to all customers as an automatic download directly through their vehicle. The My BMW app connects customers to their vehicle via their smartphone, turning it into an intelligent interface. In addition to allowing the new Remote Software Upgrade to be downloaded into the vehicle, the app also provides a convenient way to plan trips or set up a service appointment. From November 2021, the My BMW app will offer functional enhancements in the field of electromobility and information on the vehicle status, among other features.
With the current upgrade, more than 30 models and 1.6 million vehicles worldwide built by the premium manufacturer will be able to update their software directly. It will also be possible to roll out the current version (Ver. 21-07) to almost 400,000 more vehicles with an older software version. The requirement is that these vehicles have a software version with upgrade capabilities (Ver. 20-07); this can easily be achieved by installing the previous version.

New and enhanced functions.

Unnecessary steering interventions can be avoided with the improved Lane Departure Warning on narrowing roads without centre markings, as well as calculated cornering.

See what your BMW sees: This is possible with the new Assisted View. When Active Cruise Control (ACC) is activated, the BMW recognises the traffic situation around the vehicle in moving traffic, even in fog. This function offers more comfort and safety – now also in China.
More comprehensive data collection of traffic information via enhanced RTTI (Real-Time Traffic Information) allows BMW Maps to plan routes and predict arrival times even more precisely.

Spotify podcast playlists are now available in the car through BMW Connected Music. Logging in via the Spotify app in the car and BMW Connected Music automatically activates this feature.

Enhanced driver detection in the vehicle ensures the correct driver profile is loaded, no matter where the vehicle key is in the vehicle.

The new BMW M Sound Control for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 promises pure emotion – whether starting the engine, changing gears or switching between driving experience modes. In any case, a customisable interior sound and a unique BMW M Sound Experience is guaranteed.

Advanced volume control for Android smartphones connected to the vehicle via Bluetooth provides an enhanced sound experience for streaming music or podcasts.


Functional improvements.

This Remote Software Upgrade once again delivers technical service options. For the customer, this means functions are immediately improved, without waiting times or a trip to the workshop.

Remote Software Upgrade and rollout.

With BMW Operating System 7 and Remote Software Upgrade, BMW drivers have been able to update their vehicle quickly and easily with the latest software since 2018 – regardless of whether the new software is delivered to the vehicle via the My BMW app or directly over-the-air. The new features can be conveniently downloaded into the car. Installation files are prepared in the vehicle in the background; once this is complete, even installation of major upgrades rarely takes more than 20 minutes.


Vehicles with BMW Operating System 7 produced from July 2021 on already come with the latest version, including all additional functions. Customers can view the software version and check for available upgrades in the vehicle settings under Remote Software Upgrade. Remote Software Upgrade is now available for more than 30 BMW models – almost the entire BMW fleet. Vehicles with software older than version 20-07 cannot install the latest version until the intermediate version has been downloaded and installed. Only the next possible upgrade is available for installation, so the user can never install the wrong version.

The availability of services and functions depends on the vehicle model and equipment, as well as the software version installed in each country. Customers can view the release notes for their respective market on the country pages of the BMW website.

Instructions and tips for the Remote Software Upgrade can be found in the corresponding BMW how-to video.

Source: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/globa...n-bmw-vehicles
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      10-11-2021, 07:06 AM   #3
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They have a video over on the BMW YT channel that is quite flashy, but it seems one M specific detail left out of this release is a new "M Track Mode" mentioned in the video for the M3 & M4.

It hints that this mode will disable all driver aids, I assume with a single button press.
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Argh! That means I missed having the newest update installed by just a couple of days! Had my dealer update me to this on Saturday (I have iDrive 7 Lite so I require dealer updates instead of OTA).

One feature I noticed that I don't see mentioned above. You can now send and respond to text messages via iDrive voice control. Previously, this was only possible via CarPlay.

I don't have an Android phone so I'm not sure if this already existed on Android prior to this update (or does after).
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I hope new software updates do not patch cracked ECU's like how new IOS softwares used to patch jailbroken iPhones (when people still were able to jailbreak iPhones ages ago)
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It is great when You have remote updates. Unfortunatelly some markets don't have any updates and that is big shame for BMW. I would like to have old iDrive 5 instead of new useless iDrive 7 without updates or driver profiles.
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So for those of us with a 2021+ M340i any change to the exhaust note?
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Will it make the H/K system in the G20 sound as good as the previous version installed in the F30. Still griping about that.
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A lot of maps and infotainment upgrades are useless since apple car play works so well
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They have a video over on the BMW YT channel that is quite flashy, but it seems one M specific detail left out of this release is a new "M Track Mode" mentioned in the video for the M3 & M4.

It hints that this mode will disable all driver aids, I assume with a single button press.
This is already on the G80/82/83 just hold the M Mode button.
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A lot of maps and infotainment upgrades are useless since apple car play works so well
Question - do CarPlay directions show up in the HUD for you? They don't on my Audi so I stay using the manufacturer nav but wonder if BMW has worked around that? (I read that they did with the iX)
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A lot of maps and infotainment upgrades are useless since apple car play works so well
Question - do CarPlay directions show up in the HUD for you? They don't on my Audi so I stay using the manufacturer nav but wonder if BMW has worked around that? (I read that they did with the iX)
No hud on my my M2comp unfortunately so I can't answer that
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Argh! That means I missed having the newest update installed by just a couple of days! Had my dealer update me to this on Saturday (I have iDrive 7 Lite so I require dealer updates instead of OTA).

One feature I noticed that I don't see mentioned above. You can now send and respond to text messages via iDrive voice control. Previously, this was only possible via CarPlay.

I don't have an Android phone so I'm not sure if this already existed on Android prior to this update (or does after).
Where did you see the part about text messages?
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So for those of us with a 2021+ M340i any change to the exhaust note?
Let's hope not
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My 2020 M340 was updated to 7/2021 at the dealership as part of the brake boost recall last month.
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A lot of maps and infotainment upgrades are useless since apple car play works so well
Question - do CarPlay directions show up in the HUD for you? They don't on my Audi so I stay using the manufacturer nav but wonder if BMW has worked around that? (I read that they did with the iX)
Apple Car Play does show in the HUD.
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I wonder if 21 model x3m will get this.
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My 2020 M340 was updated to 7/2021 at the dealership as part of the brake boost recall last month.
Same here.
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