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This keeps you at a constant distance from the vehicle ahead at all times. If the traffic comes to a halt, the system brakes the car until it has come to a standstill, and then automatically moves on as soon as the road is clear.

Developed for journeys on motorways and major roads, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function has three radar sensors with a range of up to 150 metres that permanently scan the carriageway ahead. If the vehicle in front gets too near the engine management system and brakes adjust your speed so that the distance is automatically kept constant, if necessary, braking the vehicle to a standstill.

When the lane ahead becomes clear or the vehicle in front speeds up, Active Cruise Control accelerates until you reach your desired speed. For anything other than brief stops, moving off requires either depressing the accelerator or pressing a button. For stops from 1 to 3 seconds, the vehicle moves off automatically. Up to four cruising speeds can be pre-programmed and the operating range is between 18 to 111mph, where allowed.

The maintained distance is calculated in seconds, which means you always have sufficient time to react, at any speed. The system also recognises tight curves and adjusts the speed accordingly.

To take full control of the vehicle at any time, briefly press the accelerator or brake and the system is deactivated.

Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function is not an autopilot. So if the vehicle ahead brakes harder than expected, or if the system detects a critical situation, the driver receives acoustic and optical prompts to take action.

Active Protection is the BMW ConnectedDrive preventive passenger protection system. Active Protection warns the driver if it detects signs of tiredness, safety belts are pretensioned in critical situations, electric seats are returned to upright positions and the windows and sliding roof are closed. After an accident occurs, the brakes are automatically applied until the car reaches a standstill.

Amazon Music app is now BMW Apps-ready, so with a compatible handset you can browse, search and playback your cloud music from the dashboard of your BMW. The app offers browsing by category such as genre, artist, album and track, as well as a free text search. In your personal Amazon cloud storage you’ll have all the music purchased from Amazon’s physical and digital music store as well as music uploaded via Scan&Match.

In order to use it, download it from the App Store®, connect your smartphone to your vehicle via the USB port or snap-in adapter, and launch the app. Then access the individual functions via the iDrive Controller and the display and audio system in your BMW.

The availability of the Amazon Music app may vary from country to country.

Apple CarPlay® Preparation supports the convenient and wireless use of a selected iPhone® functions in the vehicle. This allows smartphone content, along with functions such as music, iMessages/text messages, Bluetooth with Wireless Charging, Siri and selected third-party apps to be displayed and operated via the vehicle's user interface and via voice control.

Apple CarPlay® Preparation makes wireless use of an iPhone® in the car even easier. Drivers can use all the normal functions of the iPhone® like Siri or iMessage as well as play music and take calls. All displayed on the driver interface or via voice control.

With the app Audible for iPhone®, iPad®, Android and Windows Phone you have download access to more than 80,000 audio books.

The app offers additional functions such as a sleep mode, button-free navigation, playback during download or transfer of the audio books from your library to your iPhone® via Wi-Fi.

In order to use this certified BMW Apps ready application in your BMW, download it on the App Store®, connect your smartphone to your vehicle via the USB port or snap-in adapter and launch the app. Then straight away you’ll be able to experience the individual functions via the iDrive Controller, the display and audio system in your vehicle.

The availability of Audible may vary from country to country and requires a compatible handset.

Now you can listen to what you want. No matter what artists you like or what mood you are in.

Discover new music from your favourite genre or from more than 150 edited radio stations. Mark any tracks you like and adapt the stream to your taste.

In order to use it, download it on the App Store, connect your smartphone to your vehicle via the USB port or snap-in adapter and launch the app. Then access the individual functions via the iDrive Controller and the display and audio system in your BMW.

The availability of AUPEO! may vary from country to country and requires a compatible handset.

The Bluetooth interface from BMW ConnectedDrive integrates smartphones into the intuitive display and control concept.

This enables direct access to the most important data and functions of the mobile phone inside the vehicle – and is extremely safe and comfortable to use. You can also connect another mobile phone at the same time. A BMW snap-in adapter (accessory) is available for certain devices. It connects the telephone to the vehicle’s aerial and simultaneously charges the battery. Bluetooth Audio Streaming allows the interface to wirelessly transmit music data to the vehicle’s audio system.

 
If your mobile phone supports Bluetooth transmission, you can view your e-mails, text messages, telephone lists, contacts, calendar entries and current track information on the Info Display while listening to music. The text-to-speech function lets you hear contents via the audio system. Depending on the equipment installed, the mobile phone can be operated by the intuitive iDrive Controller, functional bookmarks, multifunctional steering wheel or Voice Control.

Your smartphone makes lots of things easier: you can receive e-mails everywhere, organise your appointments or plan your schedule for the day. The BMW ConnectedDrive Bluetooth Office integrates many of these functions in the main menu of your BMW.

View your appointments, calendar entries, information and messages conveniently on the vehicle display, or use the text-to-speech function to listen to them through the loudspeakers of the audio system.

You can display your appointments for the past 20 and next 50 days, and any phone numbers noted in your entries can be selected to call your contact. And, of course, pictures of callers are displayed too.

Check your bank balance on the move or look something up on Wikipedia. Various devices, including an iPad, laptop and games consoles, can all access a wireless internet connection at the same time, via either a SIM card inserted in the BMW Car Hotspot or a mobile phone with a SIM access profile.

The BMW Car Hotspot is fitted into the centre armrest, using a snap-in adapter, with a combination of LTE, UMTS (HSDPA) and GSM technology ensuring the best possible connection. A visual display shows the current connection status. International roaming can be switched off by the user. Use of the roof antenna guarantees optimum reception and reduces radiation inside the vehicle.

BMW Connected is your personal mobility assistant that aids everyday mobility and helps drivers in reaching their destinations relaxed and on time. All relevant services are also remotely available at all times via an iPhone®, Apple Watch®, Android Smartphone and Samsung Gear S2/3. Customers can access this information in multiple vehicles if added to the one account.

Destinations found on the web or via other applications such as Yelp and Google Maps can be easily imported into BMW Connected and seamlessly transferred to the vehicle’s navigation system with just a single click.

Meetings, including addresses and intended arrival times, saved in your iPhone calendar are automatically imported into the BMW Connected mobility agenda.

Based on current location and traffic conditions, BMW Connected calculates the ideal departure time, alerts users ahead of time and guides them on foot from the parked car to their final destination. If a delay is unavoidable, users can send a text message via BMW Connected to inform the waiting party of the estimated time of arrival.

In addition, BMW Connected learns to recognise frequent destinations and automatically adds them to the mobility agenda.

The BMW Connected app can be downloaded from the App Store®.

BMW Connected+ integrates the BMW Connected app more deeply in your daily journey within your BMW. Enjoy a more seamless experience between all BMW Connected touchpoints and your BMW and benefit from personalized services powered by BMW’s Open Mobility Cloud.

You can interact with BMW Connected by means of Amazon Echo, which provides you with access to your mobility agenda and control of your vehicle functions from home. BMW Connected, your own personal mobility assistant, can now interact with all Amazon Echo mobile devices via Alexa.

BMW is therefore the first car manufacturer to support Alexa and provide access to mobility agenda appointments as well as vehicle function control from home using your voice. Combined with Alexa’s home voice control, BMW Connected is now integrated into your digital life through another new home touchpoint alongside the iPhone®, the Apple Watch® and Android smartphones and smartwatches.

BMW ConnectedDrive represents the intelligent linking of vehicle, driver and outside world. 

The interplay between the many and varied BMW ConnectedDrive Digital Services and the intelligent Driver Assistance systems supports BMW drivers in every respect – be it for more comfort, entertainment during the journey or that reassuring feeling of safety on all routes.

BMW unites a unique range of equipment options under the term BMW ConnectedDrive and offers drivers an exceptional form of mobility.

With BMW Connected Onboard, the driver has a constant overview of information relevant to mobility. The personalised screen shows individual and context-orientated content such as the next destinations and the personalised mobility agenda. This information can be forwarded directly to the navigation system, for example, and activated with just one click, so that the vehicle can reach its next destination smoothly. During the drive, the driver has constant access to BMW Connected Onboard.

With Remote 3D View, the user can conveniently view the parked vehicle's surroundings from a distance on a smartphone, such as during a storm. The function can be activated via BMW Connected (for iOS), and displays images as a 3D representation, allowing the user to see various perspectives. These images can also be saved to the user's smartphone for later viewing. The Remote 3D View function can be activated up to three times within a two-hour period.

The BMW Display Key shows various information about the vehicle's status and allows selected functions to be controlled via the integrated touch display. The time can be displayed, along with remaining fuel and current range, service notifications, as well as the current status of the central locking system, the windows and the glass roof. In addition, the following equipment can be operated via the
BMW Display Key: Remote Control Parking and Auxiliary heating.

The BMW Display Key can be charged wirelessly, or with the included USB cable.

This provides charging status and the electric range at any time from inside the vehicle. Use the iPerformance services for navigation to reach your destination safely. In the navigation map, free charging stations are displayed, so that you can charge your BMW iPerformance quickly and comfortably while you’re on the road.

The BMW Head-Up Display projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight. This allows drivers to process it up to 50% faster and keep their attention where it belongs – on the road.

A projector behind the instrument panel beams an image onto the windscreen for a high-resolution, broad-format colour display that remains easy to read regardless of the lighting conditions.

A system of mirrors causes the projection to appear at a distance of roughly 2m above the tip of the bonnet, so the driver’s eyes do not have to refocus as they switch between the near and far.

In many new-generation BMW models the Head-Up Display offers an even greater level of comfort. Several colours make it easier to distinguish between general information, such as speed limits and navigation instructions, and urgent warning signals. Important information such as “Pedestrian in the road” (in conjunction with the optional BMW Night Vision) is now clearer and more recognisable. 

The iDrive Controller allows vertical and horizontal adjustment of the BMW Head-Up Display for the optimum projection. 

Apart from the vehicle speed, which is permanently on view, it can also show other content, depending on the model and equipment. Examples include rpm, navigation instructions, Speed Limit Info and the status of the Active Cruise Control. Driver assistance warnings and Check Control are also shown in the BMW Head-Up Display, e.g. pedestrian recognition from BMW Night Vision or the Collision Warning.

This offers all the information needed to make electric driving easier and more convenient. At the centre of these services is the range assistant with dynamic range map, which takes account of key factors such as the charge level of the battery, driving style, topography and also the current traffic conditions.

If the assistant detects that one of these factors will prevent you from reaching your destination, it uses ECO ROUTE to recommend alternative routes that consume less power, or switching to the efficient ECO PRO+ driving mode, or it shows you charging stations on the way to your destination.

 

With the BMW M Laptimer App, driving data from the racetrack can be accurately recorded, bend by bend, and then analysed with the aim of improving driving performance. The app uses BMW sensors to collect detailed data from the vehicle and shows selected results in the Control Display. The system is operated via the iDrive Controller. The BMW M Laptimer App also incorporates an interface for GoPro cameras.

While it is recording, the BMW M Laptimer App shows the GPS position, speed, forward acceleration, lateral acceleration (g-force), lap times and acceleration up to a certain speed (e.g. from 0 to 62mph). Depending on the vehicle equipment and model year, factors measured may also include the accelerator position, steering angle, deceleration, rpm and gear, as well as fuel consumption.

The recorded information can be shared as a snapshot on social media while the data saved can be sent via email.

Best possible visibility for maximum safety at night: BMW Night Vision with Dynamic light spot detects pedestrians in the dark, even from a long distance – and selectively illuminates them.

The system directs one of two separately controllable high-performance light spots onto any unlit pedestrians. The light warns drivers and pedestrians of a potentially hazardous situation. When the headlights are dipped, the lenses of the Dynamic light spot lamps are additionally illuminated as design elements.

An infrared camera films the area in front of the vehicle and warns the driver of people on the road. The system recognises objects shaped like people and shows them as yellow thermal images. This picture is simultaneously analysed by a control device and can be shown in the Control Display if desired.

BMW Night Vision with Dynamic light spot recognises people, determines their position, and taking the speed and steering angle into consideration, establishes whether or not they pose a danger. If they do, a warning symbol displays in the instruments, or in the optional BMW Head-Up Display. In extremely dangerous situations a warning signal is sounded and the car prepares to brake.

Depending on the surroundings, the system automatically recognises people from approximately 100m away, but the driver can see them in the picture from even greater distances.

The browser apps available under BMW Online Applications support you in a wide variety of situations with useful hints and individual tips.

Take advantage of the Yelp recommendation portal, the filling station and pharmacy search, as well as the petrol price search, country information or hotel search to make sure you always stay well-informed. Other services such as Park info, travel guide, weather and rain radar as well as the Kicker app are also available in your vehicle.

You decide what you want to know – the applications in your BMW give you the answer to match.

BMW Online keeps you in the picture with the latest news – selected according to your preferred categories, such as business or sport. To keep you concentrating on the traffic while you drive, the selected news items can be read out via the audio system, if required.

You will find this function in your vehicle under BMW Online News.

With BMW Online, you can receive and reply to e-mails at any time, straight from your vehicle.

Simply set up a mailbox with your own e-mail address, e.g. Google™ Mail, on your PC via the BMW ConnectedDrive customer portal. Under BMW Online Office, you can also create mailboxes from selected e-mail providers. If there are several e-mail accounts with the same provider, they will be clearly shown in the menu. Wherever you are at a particular moment, your messages will then reach you right away.

Whether it’s sunny skies or a rain front: BMW ConnectedDrive keeps you informed of the weather at your destination.

If you look under BMW Online in your vehicle, the service offers you a detailed daily preview as well as an outlook for the next five days. To stay thoroughly up to date, use the link to the precipitation radar of the BMW Online applications. Your BMW won’t leave you out in the cold.



BMW Routes is an interactive route planner allowing driversto easily transfer routes recommended by BMW or their own suggestions to their vehicle and then retrieve them in the navigation system.

At www.bmw-route.com you will find a large number of suggested routes for Germany and other countries in Europe. Every route has its own character as determined by profile, landscape and stopovers – sometimes the focus is on demanding cornering, sometimes it is on interesting buildings or museums. Every proposal includes additional detailedinformation and images of possible stops on the way as well as restaurant and hotel tips.

Customers with a BMW ConnectedDrive contract can use BMW Online to import all the routes into their navigation device, where they can edit them further, for example by varying the destinations and stops. You can also transfer itineraries that you have planned yourself to the vehicle. Simply use a USB memory stick and the USB port in your BMW or save the itineraries in the BMW Online portal beforehand.

Use of BMW Routes requires the intuitive iDrive operating system together with the Professional Navigation System.

BMW Teleservices is based on direct, wireless communication between your vehicle and BMW, allowing your BMW Centre to access the vehicle data quickly and easily. This guarantees a personalised service for your BMW, as well as a quick response in the event of a problem.

When a service is due, BMW Teleservice Call automatically sends all relevant data from the Condition Based Service system to BMW. Your BMW Centre can access the vehicle-related data and contact you to arrange an appointment, if necessary. 

Data access makes it possible for your BMW Centre to plan how much work is involved and means that any Original BMW Parts needed can be ordered in advance, saving you time.

The equipment includes a built-in WiFi hotspot using the LTE standard, which allows for a paid Internet connection. Passengers can then go online with all suitable devices, work on emails, stream music and videos, and much more. The hotspot ensures that there are no obstacles to enjoying a fascinating mobile Internet experience with the maximum LTE standard while on the move.

This function is compatible with a huge array of devices, such as BMW Touch Command, laptops, tablets and mobile phones from various manufacturers. Up to ten devices can be connected to the WiFi hotspot at the same time. The vehicle is connected via the built-in SIM card with a fee-based hotspot plan HotSpot Drive from Deutsche Telekom AG. If no LTE network is available, the system automatically switches to other available standards.


 
 
Never forget an appointment again: BMW Connected brings your calendar entries clearly onto your vehicle display and appointments are read out on request.

Concierge Services from BMW ConnectedDrive puts the BMW Call Centre at your fingertips while you’re on the road*.

Whether you’re looking for a particular restaurant, the nearest cash machine or an emergency pharmacy, a BMW Call Centre agent is always on hand to help and can send address details directly to your car’s navigation system on demand. Concierge Services operates independently of the driver's mobile phone and is available at home and abroad, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

*Concierge Services requires the ConnectedDrive Services equipment package and is available to purchase as an optional extra.

ConnectedDrive Services forms the basis for using the personalised digital mobility assistant BMW Connected in the vehicle as well as the BMW ConnectedDrive functions, which provide the driver with a wide range of information, entertainment and service features while on the road.

The offer includes access to current location-based information such as weather and news, as well as an online search powered by GoogleTM and practical office functions. Services and features such as parking information, as well as travel and hotel guides can be accessed directly in the car without a smartphone via the ConnectedDrive menu.

Also integrated is convenient, unlimited access to selected smartphone apps, which include use of BMW Connected in your vehicle. ConnectedDrive Services also provides access to the BMW ConnectedDrive Store, in which services and apps can be ordered and extended anytime and anywhere to suit the user's individual requirements. The equipment option ConnectedDrive Services offers all this and more, making every trip in a BMW a real experience.

The Dazzle-Free High-Beam Assistant makes travelling at night more pleasant and safer. This equipment gives you the best possible vision in the dark, without dazzling other drivers.

The system detects other road users and selectively excludes them from the high beam coverage. Headlight ranges in excess of 400m ensure that hazards are detected in good time and guarantee improved tracking. The Dazzle-Free High-Beam Assistant requires the Adaptive LED Headlights or Adaptive Headlights equipment options.

Deezer is a leading global music service, providing instant and unlimited access to music you love. Unforgettable journeys need unforgettable sounds – which is exactly what you get with Deezer in your vehicle with BMW ConnectedDrive.
 
Go to www.deezer.com and enjoy 15 days of Deezer Premium+ for free. With Premium+ you can:
 
  • Listen without limits to millions of songs, in High Quality sound.
  • Sync your music to your device for offline listening.
  • Give music the attention it deserves. No ads, no interruptions.
  • Build your own music library with your favourite artists, albums, and playlists.
  • Explore thousands of artist and themed radio channels.
  • Receive hand-picked recommendations by our music editors.
  • Store your own MP3s on Deezer, so that all your music is in one place.
Find out more about Premium+.

A Deezer Premium or a free Discovery account lets you enjoy thousands of free themed and artist radio channels.

Just get into your BMW and enjoy your personal music entertainment.

To use Deezer, simply download the latest version of the Deezer app for iPhone® and connect your smartphone to your BMW via the USB port or snap-in adapter. Then straight away you’ll be able to experience the individual functions via the iDrive Controller, the display and audio system in your vehicle.

The availability of Deezer may vary from country to country.

Driver Profiles allow drivers to save and call up individual settings in the vehicle – from the height of the seat, the preferred driving programme to their favourite radio station.


BMW drivers can configure many of the driving, comfort and infotainment functions in their vehicle to suit their preferences. When the driver leaves the vehicle, the individual settings of the relevant control units are automatically saved in a profile file and assigned to a radio control key.
 
These settings are activated as soon as this key is used again. Up to three radio control keys can store three drivers’ profiles. Alternatively, if only one remote control key is used, the different drivers’ profiles can also be accessed from the on-board computer via the Control Display (under Settings > Profiles). The profile can then be renamed, deleted or exported so it can be used in another BMW. This is done using a USB memory stick via the USB interface or by first saving the profile on the BMW Online Portal and then accessing it from there.

Driver Profiles can be used to combine a wide range of settings: for radio stations, hi-fi system, navigation, functional bookmarks, seat, mirror, steering column, camera, light, central locking, Head-Up Display, air conditioning, language, Driver Assistance systems and driving dynamics. There are four profiles available for each vehicle.

The safety package Driving Assistant includes the camera-based systems Approach control warning and Person warning with light city braking function, Speed Limit Info including No-overtaking indicator and Lane Departure Warning, as well as the radar-based equipment Crossing traffic warning rear, Lane Change Warning and Rear collision prevention.

At speeds of over 43mph, Lane Departure Warning recognises lane markings and draws the driver's attention to an unintentional lane change by means of vibrations in the steering wheel. If vehicles enter the driver's blind spot, Lane Change Warning issues a warning with a vibration in the steering wheel and a blinking warning symbol on the exterior mirror.

The Crossing traffic warning rear makes pulling out of parking spaces easier. While the Approach control warning with light city braking function detects vehicles, the person warning reacts to pedestrians. At the same time, the brakes are pre-conditioned for faster responsiveness. If a collision is imminent, the system initiates a full brake. This function can be limited by darkness and fog. In dangerous situations, Rear collision prevention activates the warning blinkers at double tempo. If a collision is unavoidable, the pre-crash system is initiated and the side windows and glass roof, if featured, are closed.

Driving Assistant Plus offers partially autonomous driving thanks to Active cruise control with Stop&Go function as well as Steering and lane control assistant. Safety is improved by Lane Departure Warning, Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, Approach control warning and Person warning with light city braking function and Crossing traffic warning front. 

Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging incorporates a wireless charging dock and an integrated warning system in case the phone is forgotten. In addition, two fully functional USB ports are available, each with up to two amperes of charge current for quickly charging mobile devices.

The technical capacity for a WiFi hotspot allows for the fee-based use of a service provider's hotspot plan. The roof aerial ensures that mobile reception is at least as good as it is outside of the vehicle. A second microphone with an additional volume control ensures optimum comprehensibility when using the hands-free function, even from the front passenger seat.

Two mobile phones and a mobile audio player can be connected simultaneously via Bluetooth. The Enhanced Bluetooth package includes Bluetooth Office with access to the calendar, SMS and email functions for compatible smartphones. Additionally, a wireless NFC interface enables mobile phones to be connected to the vehicle quickly and easily.

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Glympse allows you to inform other people of your whereabouts in real time via text message, e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.
 
Send links to selected recipients, who can use them to track of your likely arrival time and current location. With the timer function, decide how long your location remains visible. No registration is necessary.

You can use the app in your vehicle in connection with your smartphone. To do this, download the application on the App Store®, launch it on your smartphone, which you then connect via snap-in adapter or USB cable with your BMW. Find it under BMW Apps and can operate it from there.

The availability of Glympse may vary from country to country. Only available on compatible handsets.

The Google™ Street View and online search via voice control from BMW ConnectedDrive ensures you don’t miss any information when you’re on the move.

Keen to see what your selected destination looks like? Then select the Street View™ service under BMW Online applications and view images of your destination.

Online searches under BMW Online let you search for destinations by free text search or by categories via the iDrive Controller or voice control. The spoken search text is then sent automatically to Google™ and then you receive suggestions for possible destinations. Select the matching place – and the journey can start.

Enjoy greater safety and comfort when driving at night: the High-Beam Assistant detects other road users in good time and dips the headlights automatically, then returns to full beam when traffic conditions permit.

A camera integrated in the rear-view mirror monitors the headlights of approaching vehicles up to 1000m away and the rear lights of vehicles ahead up to 500m away. The system switches the headlights from full beam to dipped beam automatically, and when it’s safe to do so, to full beam again.

Driving at night with the High-Beam Assistant relieves you of the need to constantly adjust your headlights, providing a significant boost to driving safety. The system also reacts automatically to ambient lighting, such as within a built-up area. The High-Beam Assistant is activated by pressing a button on the light control switch and can be deactivated by using the headlight control stalk.

Conveniently manage the iDrive System with one hand. Thanks to the touchpad integrated within the controller enter information such as destinations for the navigation system in your own handwriting.

Call up and adjust a large number of functions as well as scroll through lists. Operation is effortless and intuitive using the sense of touch, reducing the burden on the driver with its minimum demands on concentration. The Control Display allows you to conveniently follow all the functions managed via the controller.

Note - only available with pro media package.

With the iHeart Radio App for iOS and Android, you can access your favourite online radio, sport and news stations as well as podcasts from inside your BMW. Select from over 20 million songs and create your very own, ad-free music stream.

To use the app in your BMW, download it in the App Store® or Google PlayTM, connect your smartphone to your vehicle via the USB port or snap-in adapter and launch the app. Then access individual functions via the iDrive Controller and audio system in your vehicle.

The availability of the iHeart Radio App may vary from country to country. Only available on compatible handsets.

Connectivity whenever and wherever you need it: the integrated SIM card enables you to use many BMW ConnectedDrive features without the need for your own mobile phone.

The SIM card is permanently built into your vehicle as part of the BMW Teleservices equipment option. This makes it accident-proof and able to assist you in difficult situations. BMW Teleservices is part of the basic features ConnectedDrive Services and Intelligent Emergency Call (6AC), which provide the foundation for using many other BMW ConnectedDrive features.
 

The integrated SIM card enables equipment options such as Real Time Traffic Information, Concierge Services, BMW Remote Services or Internet, without the need for any additional devices.

Intelligent Emergency Call from BMW ConnectedDrive can be relied on to quickly and automatically send for help in an accident, ensuring the vehicle’s occupants receive assistance as soon as possible.

An emergency call is automatically activated when the crash sensors register an accident and this is immediately transmitted to the BMW Call Centre. A Call Centre agent makes contact with the occupants to enquire about their condition. At the same time the agent receives data on the vehicle relevant to the rescue operation as well as the type and severity of the accident.

Thanks to GPS, the BMW Call Centre agent also receives information on the vehicle’s exact position, type, number plate and colour. Using this information the nearest emergency services unit is deployed and supplied with all the information necessary to ensure appropriate medical care is administered.

Intelligent Emergency Call from BMW ConnectedDrive can also be activated manually to help other road users and works independently of mobile phones.

Booking Intelligent Emergency Call includes free use of the BMW Teleservices special equipment option.

The Intelligent voice assistant with offboard voice processing offers the highest possible level of speech support. It understands natural speech, as opposed to only recognising limited commands. The Intelligent voice assistant with offboard voice processing not only includes a large scope of individual and situational variations; it also understands linguistic varieties, dialects and jargon. This enables a substantially greater range of possibilities when dictating text messages or emails.

The huge increase in the range of available functions is the result of the server-based off-board language recognition system that forms the basis of the Intelligent voice assistant with offboard voice processing. This cloud function enables searches to be conducted quickly and simply on the Internet using everyday language, aiding the navigation system. It is possible to search for specific restaurants in the local area simply by asking naturally, for example. In addition, the move to the cloud allows for more frequent update cycles, guaranteeing that all future innovations are available as soon as possible, whether regarding new software or improvements to computer linguistics.

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Lane Change Warning detects any vehicles in the driver’s blind spot or vehicles approaching at speed in the overtaking lane and warns the driver by means of a symbol in the exterior mirror.

If the driver still indicates in order to change lanes, a vibration in the steering wheel and a flashing hazard symbol warn of the critical situation.

The Lane Departure Warning including camera-based Collision Warning registers lane markings at a distance of 50m and beyond a speed of roughly 43mph. If the vehicle threatens to cross a marking unintentionally, the driver receives a warning in the form of a slight vibration on the steering wheel.

If the indicator is operated during the process – i.e. you intend to leave the lane – no warning is given. Camera-based Collision Warning detects vehicles ahead and warns you if the gap becomes too small or if there is a looming risk of collision.

 
When not using automatic driving mode, the driver is supported by the Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, which actively intervenes in steering to avoid leaving the lane unintentionally, or colliding with objects to the side of the vehicle. If Approach control warning is activated and a vehicle in front brakes, the BMW reacts immediately with warnings of increasing intensity, light braking and finally full braking.

Life360 is an innovative, free-of-charge app that connects families or close friends in an urban environment. At any time, show a selected group of people your current location or, via the integrated map display, easily get information about the location of the other group members.
 
Via the app, you can define groups within your personal network. Only authorised members of the respective groups can view your current location and then decide for themselves whether they would like to share their location as well. 
 
Life360 is a certified BMW App-ready application. To use it in your BMW, download the app in the App Store® and then connect your iPhone® with your vehicle via the USB port or the snap-in adapter. As soon as you start the app, access its functions via the ConnectedDrive menu in the Control Display.

The availability of the Life360 App may vary from country to country. Only available on compatible handsets.

 

An office wherever you go: simply dictate your e-mails and text messages during the journey.


Thanks to the Message Dictation function in the vehicle and the off-board speech recognition by Nuance®, your dictated messages can be converted into text.

Message Dictation is activated with the iDrive Controller via the Office menu and converts what you say into a text message that can be sent immediately as an e-mail or SMS. The service can only be used in vehicles with the latest generation of the Professional Navigation System and selected smartphones.

Work productively on the commute. The perfect integration of Microsoft Office 365 in the vehicle allows emails, contacts and calendar entries to be constantly synchronised with other end devices and worked on directly – even without a smartphone in the car. A precondition to using this service is a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription which also includes the subservice “Exchange Online”.

The customer portal “My BMW ConnectedDrive”, lets you manage personal data and the vehicle settings necessary for using BMW ConnectedDrive services in your BMW. For example, you can activate Remote Services or set up your BMW Online Office e-mail account. You can also send addresses to your vehicle or configure your personal driver profile. 

In the integrated ConnectedDrive Store, services and apps can be put together according to your individual needs. And in a newly created, separate Remote Cockpit, you can receive useful information on the current status of your BMW.

BMW ConnectedDrive customer portal

This enables you and authorised persons to send a message (including navigation destination and telephone numbers) straight to your BMW.

You can then call up the transferred address in the vehicle under messages and include it directly in the navigation system at the touch of a button, or dial the telephone number with your mobile phone connected via Bluetooth. The function My Info / Send to Car is available with BMW Connected in the My BMW ConnectedDrive customer portal or via selected partners such as Google Maps™.

There’s also the option to get informed about addresses, telephone numbers or messages that have been sent to your vehicle via text message. If required, an appropriate reply can be predefined and sent back at the touch of a button.

Napster / Rhapsody offers you millions of tracks from all genres and thousands of audio books to enjoy with your iPhone® or iPod® or directly in your BMW.


Find all your favourites via the search function or discover new songs with the Napster charts, the current new releases, the ad-free radio channels and playlists compiled by the Napster music team. 

Use Napster / Rhapsody online via 3G in your BMW. Music and audio books already downloaded at home via Wi-Fi are saved automatically on your smartphone and can thus be called up at any time while you are on the move.

In order to use it in your BMW, download it from the App Store®, connect your smartphone to your BMW via the USB port or snap-in adapter and launch the app. Access functions via the iDrive Controller and the display and audio system in your vehicle. 

The availability of Napster / Rhapsody may vary from country to country. Only available on compatible handsets.

BMW Navigation systems make everyday life easier: and it provide us with the optimal route from A to B and supports the FAS-Systems with the latest information. But a navigation system is only as good as the currency of its maps. Problem-free navigation to the destination and the insertion of traffic jam warnings can be ensured only if the map material is up to date (up to 15% road changes in Europe each year).

But how do we update our navigation system if the routes change or new roads are added? BMW is the first automobile manufacturer to offer three possible update processes - USB Full Map update via dealer or ConnectedDrive Store and automatic "Over-The-Air" (incremental) update via the permanently installed SIM card up to four times per year (for the preselected region). The“Over-The-Air” update incurs neither license fees nor transmission costs. Without the need to register or log in to a portal, the navigation system is always equipped with up-to-date maps. Even during the update process, the navigation remains available without any restrictions.

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The right song for every situation, every road and every mood: with Online Entertainment you have direct and unlimited access to millions of music tracks in your BMW – without having to use any other devices.

Using the Online Entertainment offer, you can open an account for unlimited music access with one of the BMW music partners (Napster or Deezer). The music is not only available in your BMW: you can also use your account on your smartphone and any other device supported by the specific BMW music partner. And all of this without any additional costs in a total of six European countries: France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. 

Use of this service requires the Media Package - BMW Professional.

On-Street Parking Information simplifies the search for a free parking space on the street in big cities by determining their probability in the BMW Navigation system display. The streets on the navigation map are colour-coded in blue to reflect the probability of finding a free parking space, allowing the driver to determine which streets should be favoured when searching for a parking spot.

Park Distance Control makes it easier for you to enter or leave the tightest of parking spaces. An acoustic signal warns you of possible dangers and thus reduces the chances of parking damage.

Ultrasonic sensors at the front and rear of your vehicle calculate the position of potential obstacles. Intervals between the warning tones indicate how much space you have left. The closer you move towards the obstacle, the shorter the intervals become. Below 30cm, the warning tone sounds continuously as a signal to brake. In addition to the acoustic parking aid, a diagram of the vehicle and the obstacles appears in the Control Display (if present in the vehicle), useful when reversing.

The Parking Assistant makes searching for a suitable parking spot easier and actively helps you when parking.

Up to a speed of 21mph and a maximum distance of 1.5m from parked cars at the side, the ultrasonic sensors of your BMW show you every relevant parking spot parallel to the road via the Control Display. Simply select the required parking spot, turn on the indicator, keep pressing the Parking Assistant switch and the system will actively help you to park. It selects the forward or reverse gear, guides the steering and automatically accelerates or brakes.

The emergency braking function Active PDC supports the driver in reverse parking situations to avoid collisions and reduce the severity of an accident. So the driver can stay relaxed and enjoy greater safety while parking.

In combination with a BMW Professional Navigation System, the ParkNow online parking service makes it easier for the driver to find a parking space. The service displays parking spaces in car parks, multistorey car parks and on the street. A spot in a car park or on the street can be paid for quickly and easily from inside the vehicle using ParkNow.

The Professional Navigation System offers drivers numerous functions for navigation, office and multimedia, implemented completely in 3D with an innovative interface.

As a permanently integrated feature, the Professional Navigation System has many benefits and by linking to the wheel sensors and steering angle sensor the vehicle can always be precisely located. This guarantees reliable navigation at all times, even when the GPS signal is weak – such as in a tunnel.

Integration into the clearly structured BMW control and display functions makes navigation straightforward. At the same time various functions interact intelligently, so that the volume of music, for example, is reduced automatically before a navigation announcement explains the route.

In addition to route directions and maps, the high-resolution colour display with its split-screen function has options to show 3D road maps and photo-realistic images of sights en route. All menus are displayed in virtual, three-dimensional space and calculated in real time. A rapid 1.3-GHz processor with its own 3D graphics chip allows smooth browsing and scrolling. Submenus appear as the main menus fade into the background, yet still remain visible.

The Professional Navigation System offers practical options even when entering the destination. To provide the best possible guidance, drivers can see a map view of the selected destination in split-screen mode and zoom to check whether the destination shown is the one intended. The extended function strip allows personalisation without having to leave the map view. Alterations are displayed immediately and can be conveniently changed as required.

The High-Guiding Function helps when navigating in urban areas or where the road layout is unclear. Depending on the equipment package, the navigation information is shown clearly in either the multifunctional instrument display, the central Control Display or the BMW Head-Up Display. Lane Guiding supplies additional details, while the 3D city model view option makes finding your way in urban areas easier by supplying realistic images of roads and buildings.

In its latest generation the Professional Navigation System in connection with BMW ConnectedDrive regularly carries out automatic updates of the navigation maps. As soon as updated material is available for the selected region, the update is transferred by mobile telephony thanks to the permanently installed SIM card – up to four times a year. The update incurs neither licence fees nor transmission costs. Without the need to register or log in to a portal, the navigation system is always equipped with up-to-date maps. Even during the update process, the navigation function remains available without any restrictions.

Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) keeps you constantly supplied with up-to-the-minute traffic information. It transmits precise details on the location and duration of holdup, practically in real time.

Data sources include movement profiles from the cellular network, GPS data from vehicle fleets, smartphone apps and police reports.

The evaluation is so precise that traffic jams can be accurately localised to the nearest 100m metres. RTTI is therefore able to keep you updated on the current traffic conditions on motorways, major roads and country roads as well as numerous inner-city routes and recommend efficient detours.

Use of RTTI requires the ConnectedDrive Services.

With the Rear View Camera you can see the area behind your vehicle in the Control Display when manoeuvring and parking. The Rear View Camera provides you with a better overall picture when reverse parking and at speeds below 12mph.

Interactive tracking lines show you whether the desired parking spot has enough space for your vehicle and assists when manoeuvring by means of colour-coded areas on the Control Display. If a tow bar is fitted, the Rear View Camera has a practical zoom function that makes reversing to hitch up to a trailer much easier.


With the Remote Services of BMW Connected (available in the App Store® and Google PlayTM), various vehicle-related functions, such as locking and unlocking the car, can be operated remotely.

The vehicle’s location can also be indicated by honking the horn or flashing the lights, or on a map in the BMW Connected App. Users can also activate their vehicle's climate control immediately or schedule a time to do so in the near future.


Using the “Quick Search” function under  "NAVIGATION / DESTINATION INPUT", you can carry out a free text search for destinations. The search text is first sent automatically to "HERE", and you then receive suggestions for possible destinations. You select the matching place – and the journey can start.

By using “Quick Search”, you are declaring that you are in agreement with the market-specific Terms and Conditions of Use as well as the Privacy Policy of "HERE".

With Side View, your BMW always has its eyes open for crossing traffic at blind junctions or exits, even when your view of the situation is obscured.

A glance at the Control Display is all it takes – it shows you a video image of what the cameras built into the right and left of your BMW’s front bumper can see. With the help of guidance lines, Side View also shows you the precise position of the front end of your BMW. The simultaneous view of both traffic directions on the Control Display lets you assess the situation immediately, even at speeds of up to 9mph. 

Depending on your model, Side View is either a stand-alone equipment option or a component of the Surround View equipment package.

Siri, the personal voice assistant for your iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod Touch®, can now also be operated via your BMW. 


Activate the voice control by pressing the voice input button on your steering wheel in order to operate Siri. You can make calls with Siri, select tracks, have text messages read out, retrieve diary entries, add reminders and call up other useful functions. 

To make sure your eyes stay focused on the road, the display of the iOS device remains switched off during the journey.

Attention all Sixt customers: The innovative Sixt App and BMW ConnectedDrive helps you to carry out all the necessary processes for returning your Sixt hire car.

Had a sudden change of plan and unable to return your Sixt hire car at the agreed time? Then use the practical functions of the Sixt App in your rented BMW. Via the BMW navigation menu extend your rental agreement or alter the return location. The Sixt App also recommends a filling station at the location of your choice, which you can enter into your navigation system as an interim destination. And if you have any further questions, you can call the Sixt service, which is always on hand to help.

You can use the Sixt App in combination with your iPhone® in your hire car. Download the app in the App Store®, start it up on your iPhone® and then connect it to the BMW via the snap-in adapter or USB cable. The app can be found and operated under BMW Apps.

The availability of the Sixt App may vary from country to country. Only available on compatible handsets.

The Speed Limit Info is a Driver Assistance system that displays the current and variable speed limits together with any signs prohibiting overtaking.

Ordinary speed limit information systems often give incomplete or inaccurate information, because the maps used are out of date or the variable signs, such as speed limits at construction sites or due to traffic jams aren’t taken into consideration.

In contrast, the intelligent Speed Limit Info keeps the driver constantly informed about the currently permissible maximum speed. A camera built in to the rear-view mirror gathers data on permanent speed limits and the lifting of these restrictions and compares the information with the data from the navigation system.

It also recognises speed restrictions with special conditions: if the camera registers a sign reading '30mph in wet weather', this will only be communicated to the driver if the rain sensor in the BMW detects rain. The same applies to speed limits that are valid at certain times of day or when driving with a trailer/caravan.

Speed Limit Info also includes the no-overtaking indicator. In addition to speed limits, it monitors permanent as well as temporary road signs and takes note of possible restrictions on overtaking. Depending on the model, this information is displayed in the instrument panel or also the BMW Head-Up Display.

Spotify is one of the world’s most popular music streaming services, and allows access to millions of tracks that you can compile individually in your own personal playlists.

Also available in your BMW you can search for your favourite tracks in various ways, such as by categories or genres, artists, titles or albums or also by labels or year of release. Spotify Radio is also available for you in your BMW.

In order to use it, download it from the App Store® or Google Play™, connect your smartphone to your BMW via the USB port or snap-in adapter and launch the app. Access individual functions via the iDrive Controller, the display and audio system in your vehicle.

The availability of Spotify may vary from country to country. Only available on compatible handsets.

The Steering and lane control assistant incl. Traffic jam assistant can be activated to support the driver in monotonous traffic situations. At speeds of up to 210 km/h on all road surfaces, the system conveniently supports steering and keeps the vehicle in the centre of its lane.

Cutting-edge steering support is possible with or without Active cruise control. It uses multiple area-surveillance radar systems and a stereo camera. The system positions itself using the edge-of-lane markers and the vehicle in front, if applicable. It automatically maintains the desired distance from the vehicle ahead and regulates the car's speed down to a standstill, as well as providing active steering support. The Steering and lane control assistant represents another milestone on the path to achieving highly automated driving.

Although the system is capable of driving the vehicle independently, the driver is legally required to continue driving with both hands on the wheel. If the driver does not comply with this requirement, the system sensors in the steering wheel rim will recognise this fact and warn the driver acoustically after a certain period of time. Then it will enter stand-by mode. This is also the case if the indicator is activated for changing lanes or if the system requirements are no longer met, e.g. the lane is too narrow.

Interviews, podcasts and live radio in one app. Your favourite shows on demand, up-to-date and direct in your BMW.

Select your favourites from more than 10,000 radio shows to create your own personal radio station. Or discover new shows. Stitcher provides personal recommendations based on your listening behaviour.

In order to use it, download it on the App Store®, connect your smartphone to your BMW via the USB port or snap-in adapter and launch the app. Access individual functions via the iDrive Controller, the display and audio system in your vehicle.

The availability of Stitcher may vary from country to country. Only available on compatible handsets.

Surround View assists when parking and manoeuvring in tight situations. Areas to the side of and behind the vehicle are shown from a bird’s-eye view in the Control Display (Top View).

The Side View equipment option is also included and helps when edging out of areas with restricted visibility (e.g. exits, blind junctions). Two digital cameras on the left and right at the front of the vehicle capture the situation at the side and transmit it onto the Control Display. This allows you to see crossing traffic approaching in good time and to react accordingly.

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The Traffic jam assistant helps in difficult driving conditions. In dense traffic at speeds of up to 37mph*, the system allows you to move easily along with the traffic and stay relaxed.

It automatically maintains the desired distance from the vehicle ahead and regulates the car's speed right down to standstill - as well as providing active steering support. This helps you stay on track, providing you keep at least one hand on the steering wheel.

*Figure is vehicle dependent.

TuneIn gives you access to roughly two million podcasts and some 60,000 radio stations from all over the world.

Using your mobile phone or tablet, listen to music, news, comedy programmes and much more free of charge. Listen while using other apps at the same - TuneIn continues running in the background.

In order to use it in your BMW, download it on the App Store®, connect your smartphone to your BMW via the USB port or snap-in adapter and launch the app. Access individual functions via the iDrive Controller, the display and audio system in your vehicle.

The availability of TuneIn Radio may vary from country to country. Only available on compatible handsets.

Almost all current MP3 players, Apple* iPhones® and iPods® and USB memory sticks can be seamlessly integrated into the audio system of your BMW.

The titles are shown in either the Control Display or Radio Display. You navigate conveniently between tracks using the radio controls, the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel or the BMW iDrive Controller. All common compression formats (MP3, AAC, WAV and WMA) as well as playback lists in M3U format are supported.

You can also connect your iPhone® to the USB audio interface. All you need to make a phone call is a hands-free kit with a Bluetooth adapter. Connecting an Apple iPod® or iPhone® to the USB audio interface is simple and straightforward and – depending on the equipment – can be carried out using the original Apple® USB cable or the BMW cable adapter available as an accessory.

*iPod® and iPhone® are registered trademarks of Apple® Computer.