BMW Group rolls out biggest Remote Software Upgrade in company history.

BMW:BMW Group rolls out biggest Remote Software Upgrade in company history.

Munich. 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.

Overview of new and expanded functions (Video).

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Instructions and valuable tips on multimedia functions and
connectivity can be found in the corresponding BMW
How-To Channel

[1] Vehicles require BMW Live Cockpit Professional and BMW
Operating System 7.

Original Press Release