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      10-16-2020, 03:21 AM   #1
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BMW Rolls Out Large Operating System 7 Over-The-Air Update

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BMW is once again underlining its leading role in digitalisation with the new Remote Software Upgrade. With the biggest and most extensive upgrade in the premium manufacturer’s history so far, more than 750,000 vehicles worldwide will receive the latest version of BMW Operating System 7 (version 07/20). It is also the largest over-the-air update ever rolled out by a European manufacturer. The upgrade includes new, expanded and enhanced functions, such as BMW Maps, Google Android Auto™ and eDrive Zones. The new software version will be available to customers in Germany from 19 October and can be downloaded to vehicles directly over the air and installed free of charge. Customers will receive a push notification in their vehicle or via BMW App on their smartphone as soon as the upgrade is available. Following launch in the German market, it will be rolled out in stages across Europe, in the US, Canada, China and the remaining international markets.

BMW Maps offers an entirely new navigation experience. The route calculation of the first cloud-based system is significantly faster and more dynamic by combining real-time information with forecast models. It also provides additional contextual information on points of interest, such as ratings, business opening hours and photos. Destination input has also been significantly updated and is now easier and more intuitive to operate – similar to what customers are familiar with from online search engines. Examples include free text input using one-box search and autocompletion, which displays suggestions relating to relevant search words as they are being entered.

Google Android AutoTM will be available as a new feature following the upgrade, allowing customers to use the functions of their smartphone in the car via a wireless connection. The customer can use Google Assistant or touch operation to access their apps without having to operate their smartphone directly. Google MapsTM also shows navigation guidance in the Info Display and Head-up Display.

With this functional enhancement, the Apple Maps navigation information provided via Apple CarPlay® now includes turn-by-turn directions and lane information, which is displayed directly in the Head-up Display and in the Info Display.

Connected Parking provides a variety of services to help find a parking space upon arrival. On-street Parking Information not only shows the driver where parking can be found, but also calculates the probability that a parking space will be free from available fleet data, for instance. The service now also considers the size of the vehicle model and compares it with the parking situation at the destination.

eDrive Zones is a new digital service – the only one of its kind worldwide – that helps customers drive their BMW plug-in hybrid[1] in a more environmentally conscious manner. By means of geofencing, the vehicle automatically switches to pure electric drive mode when entering a green zone. eDrive zones have already been established in over 90 European cities.

The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant has a new and more emotional appearance, can distinguish whether the driver or passenger is speaking and orientates itself towards the person it is talking to. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant also provides more proactive assistance with possible voice commands and suggestions are displayed in the redesigned widget. The virtual character has also been expanded to include new voice commands – for example, for operating electric windows, switching drive modes (between COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO) or asking for tips on how to drive more efficiently.

Connected charging makes mobility more sustainable and innovative. The display indicating where public charging posts are located has been expanded to include additional details, such as opening hours, providers or authentication options, and availability can be viewed immediately. Points of interest, such as cafés or restaurants in the vicinity of the charging post, are also listed.

The Smart Opener function for the tailgate can now be individually configured or, if preferred, completely deactivated.


Remote Software Upgrade and rollout.

Since BMW Operating System 7 was introduced in 2018, BMW drivers have been able to keep their vehicle up to date with the latest software by means of the Remote Software Upgrade. The new functions can be downloaded quickly and conveniently to the car over-the-air. Installation files are prepared in the vehicle in the background; once this is complete, it rarely takes more than 20 minutes for actual installation, even in the case of major upgrades.

Due to the situation with the coronavirus and its impact on availability of support capacity, rollout of the current upgrade may be delayed in individual markets. It is also important to remember that availability of individual services and enhancements may vary, depending on vehicle equipment options and the region. Vehicles with BMW Operating System 7 produced from July 2020 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 over 20 BMW models and thus for almost the entire BMW fleet.
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      10-16-2020, 07:12 AM   #2
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Interesting. My 2021 5 Series of course already came with this update. However, I was expecting more frequent updates, like Tesla does, but have not had one that I am aware of it.

Hopefully, BMW does update and make things even better like Tesla does.
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      10-16-2020, 08:17 AM   #3
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What production dates is this available for? Looks cool and I want it in my 2019 M5.
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      10-16-2020, 08:17 AM   #4
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Curious if I'll be receiving this one. I'm still stuck on the same version it came, almost a year ago.
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How can we check the version of OS that we are currently on? Will this update from OS 6.x to 7.0?
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Wow very nice for my bmw x5
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      10-16-2020, 08:33 AM   #7
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How can we check the version of OS that we are currently on? Will this update from OS 6.x to 7.0?
Exactly! That's the important would suck if we couldn't get at least something from that update .
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Will be for f30?
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How can we check the version of OS that we are currently on? Will this update from OS 6.x to 7.0?
No. OSv7 requires different hardware.
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What a weird video, the creative director has ADHD. Flashes of lights, cut-aways every 2 seconds, and a rooster doing a kick-flip on the race track around 43 seconds.... makes perfect sense...
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I hope doesn't involve my car, every time there is an update get worse
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The Germans have been jealous of the OTA updates that Tesla can do. I guess this is the first iteration. Long time coming.

Do these cars have the ability to patch into a WiFi network?
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What a weird video, the creative director has ADHD. Flashes of lights, cut-aways every 2 seconds, and a rooster doing a kick-flip on the race track around 43 seconds.... makes perfect sense...
I totally agree. BMWs ridiculous image marketing is getting totally out of hand. WTF, with the "flashbacks"- it's an informational video for the OS for crying out loud.
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Dayum and I'm still stuck with iDrive6 on my M2C
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How can we check the version of OS that we are currently on? Will this update from OS 6.x to 7.0?
This will not change your system from iDrive 6 to iDrive 7. It will only update iDrive 7 cars.
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Will be for f30?
Nope.
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what about 2020 x3m January 2020 build date?
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Does it have Idrive 7 or Idrive 6
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Anyone know what this applies to? all I want is full screen carplay in my F87...
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The Germans have been jealous of the OTA updates that Tesla can do. I guess this is the first iteration. Long time coming.

Do these cars have the ability to patch into a WiFi network?
Remote Software Update has been a thing on the M340i, for the last couple of years; so I'm not sure why this is now considered cutting-edge 🤷🏻

Software updates discussions https://g20.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1638594

It's just now iDrive 7 is augmented with some added features, namely, the usage of a cloud-based, real-time navigation and voice control, exactly as how your phone processes map on a APP, via an active internet connection and not off a harddrive.

Remote Software Update is cool for the laymans but keep in mind, for the enthusiast that likes to thinker with their vehicle, it adds a communication portal, in real time updates, of the diagnostic status, between your vehicle and BMW headquarters. Meaning, software mismatches, such as aftermarket flash tune, would be able to be detected more readily.

Also, its been confirmed with 100% certainty, with every remote software update, it wipes out all your FDL personal coding. So there's that..



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Anyone know what this applies to? all I want is full screen carplay in my F87...
Check the F87 electronics section. There are solutions available. I have full screen carplay and it's glorious.
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