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July 2, 2020

BMW offers major software upgrade

This month (July 2020), BMW will release what it describes as its most comprehensive vehicle software upgrade to date, with new and improved features for vehicle connectivity and navigation.

By Olly Wehring

This month (July 2020), BMW will release what it describes as its most comprehensive vehicle software upgrade to date, with new and improved features for vehicle connectivity and navigation.

The features will be included at the factory with every vehicle which has Operating System 7.

For compatible vehicles built before July, updates can be added with a free over the air software upgrade which will be available from third quarter 2020 onwards. 

BMW said the latest Maps is faster, more intuitive, and more accurate and destinations can be entered more easily. New cloud-based route calculation Maps also provides contextual information for points of interest, such as ratings, business hours and images. Connected Parking also supports the search for parking spaces with additional services.

A new and claimed globally unique digital service, eDrive Zone plug-in hybrids automatically allow emission-free local driving.

Connected Charging is supplemented with Charging Management and other functions.

The Digital Key, recently announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, turns an iPhone into a fully digital – and secure – vehicle key.

With the upgrade, BMW vehicles receive wireless support of Google's Android Auto.

The Intelligent Personal Assistant is getting a new design and has been enhanced with numerous intelligent functions.

The virtual character now turns towards the person talking and can distinguish between addressing the driver and the passenger.

The new functions can be downloaded and installed over the air. Even for extensive upgrades, little more than 20 minutes of pure installation time is required.

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