BMW will be rolling out the biggest software update in their company history. The current BMW Operating System 7.0 (version 07/20) upgrade will be made available to more than 750,000 existing BMW customers worldwide over-the-air.
Since BMW Operating System 7.0 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.
Over-The-Air… And Into Your Car
Not to worry though as installation files are prepared in the vehicle in the background. Once complete, the process takes rarely more than 20 minutes for actual installation.
Existing BMW owners will get the following new and expanded functions:
Google Android Auto - will be made available as a new feature. The upgrade will allow customers to use the functions of their smartphones via a wireless connection within the car. Google Assistant or touch operation to access their apps is now possible without the need to access their smartphone. Google Maps also shows navigation guidance in the Info Display and Head-up Display.
Apple Maps - Navigation information will be provided via Apple CarPlay, and now includes turn-by-turn directions and lane information. This will be displayed directly in the Head-up Display and in the Info Display.
BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant - will have a new and more emotional appearance. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant also provides more proactive assistance with possible voice commands and suggestions are displayed in the redesigned widget. Users can expect 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.
Smart Opener - Users can open the boot lid without touching anything, and can now be individually configured - for example, kick feature to open and/or close the tailgate) or, if preferred, completely deactivated.
The availability of individual services and enhancements may vary, depending on vehicle equipment options and the region. Vehicles with BMW Operating System 7.0 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.