BMW ConnectedDrive from A to Z.


Do you have questions about BMW ConnectedDrive? Are you looking for a specific item of equipment? Or would you like more in-depth information? Then you'll be sure to find the answer in our BMW ConnectedDrive glossary.

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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. 

With Active Protection, if a critical driving situation arises, the front seat belts undergo reversible pre-tensioning, and the electrically adjustable passenger seats at the front and rear are moved to an upright position. Side windows close as does the sunroof – if present. Such a situation may be all-out braking, or strong signs of vehicle understeer or oversteer. 

In certain emergency situations, your vehicle can be automatically brought to a standstill with maximum deceleration. This reduces the likelihood of a second collision or prevents one entirely. In addition, the attentiveness assistant monitors your driving for any signs of fatigue, assessing your steering behaviour and reacting to any irregularities showing a warning.

Audible provides 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 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 Audible may vary from country to country and requires a compatible handset.

The Bluetooth interface integrates compatible smartphones into your BMW’s intuitive display.

This enables direct access to the most important data and functions of the mobile phone inside the vehicle. You can also connect another mobile phone at the same time. A BMW snap-in adapter is available for certain devices, connecting the smartphone to the vehicle’s aerial and simultaneously charging 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 smartphone 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.  

BMW Connected is a 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 and Apple Watch, with Andriod support coming soon. 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 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.

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 this you can receive detailed information about the current status of your BMW i at any time.

This includes, for example, range display, battery condition and charge level, service messages and also the vehicle’s location. The climate control of the passenger cell and the high-voltage battery can be activated before the journey via smartphone for the perfect cabin temperature and optimum use of the high-voltage battery. The BMW i Remote App also supports your route planning, with important goals, such as available charging stations easily sent to the vehicle before starting the journey. 

In order to use it, download the app from the App Store or 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 in your vehicle.

* Only available on compatible handsets. The functions of the BMW i Remote App can also be operated via smartwatches Samsung Gear S and Apple Watch.

The BMW M Laptimer app is a tool for analysing data on racing circuits, including the automatic calculation of lap times. The app records the precise BMW sensor data direct from every BMW with the BMW Apps* special equipment option.

Your driving style can be evaluated by an analysis of readings such as steering angle, acceleration pedal and the resulting g-forces. This enables you to increase your precision and skill and thus improve your lap times.

The stored results can be posted as a snapshot on Facebook and Twitter. Exchange your recordings by email with a friend and then compare them for each corner in turn.

In order to use the app, download it from the App Store, connect your iPhone to your vehicle via the USB port or snap-in adapter and launch the app. Then experience the individual functions via the iDrive Controller and the display in your vehicle. The lap times will be analysed after the journey on your iPhone.

*Only available on compatible handsets. Requires the special equipment option of ConnectedDrive Services and Navigation system Professional to be installed.

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 100 metres 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 search, airport info, hotel search, webcams or iSki to make sure you always stay well-informed. 

Other services, such as searches for post office branches and ATMs, Park info, registration number search, travel guide, cinema info, exchange rates, weather and rain radar, as well as the Kicker app are also available.

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 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 Cnetre to plan how much work is involved and means that any Original BMW Parts needed can be ordered in advance; saving you time. 

Never forget an appointment again: the BMW Connected app brings your calendar entries clearly onto your vehicle display and appointments are read out on request. You can also use the following applications with the BMW Connected app via the Control Display of your vehicle:
Facebook and Twitter.
Simply take your Twitter account with you and view your Tweets while on the move.
Web radio.
Web radio provides you with countless radio stations from all over the world.
Last Mile.
Arrive at the destination set in your navigation system even when you’re outside of the vehicle and be sure of finding your way back to your car at all times.
Your very own personal news service: View the latest news via RSS feed.
Wiki Local.
Find out more about your current location, your destination or a postcode. With Wiki Local, you won’t miss out on any information.
ECO PRO Analyser.
Driving efficiently becomes child’s play. The ECO PRO Analyser evaluates the efficiency of accelerating, braking and changing gear and awards stars accordingly (0 – 5). Useful ECO tips additionally help to achieve an even more efficient driving style.
The BMW Connected app also informs you about the current availability of BMW Apps ready applications.

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

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 gives you access to the world of BMW ConnectedDrive, and allows the use of countless services and apps from a range of categories including travel, office and entertainment.

Features such as My Info / Send to Car or BMW Online applications make sure you always remain fully informed. BMW Routes, BMW Online Weather and ECO PRO Analyser give you services for travel and navigation. Take your office into your BMW with Bluetooth Office, BMW Online Office and other functions. There’s lots to experience with Deezer, Spotify or Stitcher, and thanks to the Personal Image function, you can always have your favourite images and photos with you when you’re out on the road.

You can also book other optional services and apps from BMW ConnectedDrive on the basis of ConnectedDrive Services such as Concierge Services, Internet or Real Time Traffic Information.

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 400 metres 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, provides 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 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+ 

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 access 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. Only available on compatible handsets.

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 Driving Assistant equipment option combines the camera-based systems of Lane Departure Warning and Approach and Pedestrian Warning with City Brake Activation.

Lane Departure Warning detects lane markings and issues a warning by vibrating the steering wheel whenever there is a threat of leaving the lane unintentionally at speeds above approx. 43mph. If the indicator is activated, meaning that a change of lane is intended, no warning is given.

The Approach Warning with City Brake Activation detects vehicles, while the Pedestrian Warning with City Brake Activation reacts to people. When Collision Warning is activated and a vehicle ahead brakes sharply, the BMW reacts immediately. Reactions are introduced step by step, starting with the display of a warning symbol, which then flashes with an acoustic signal, until finally, up to speeds of 37mph, the brakes are gently applied.

Pedestrian Warning functions between 6 and 37mph with a single-stage warning of acute danger. When the system warns that there is a threat of collision, the brakes are simultaneously preconditioned for a faster response. In the event of an emergency, the system initiates a braking manoeuvre. The function of the system may be restricted in dark and misty conditions.

The Driving Assistant Plus equipment option not only contains systems of the Driving Assistant option, namely the Lane Departure Warning together with Approach and Pedestrian Warning with City Brake Activation, but also Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go Function as well as the Traffic jam assistant.

The ECO PRO Analyser is part of the free BMW Connected app. It evaluates driving style and how efficiently the driver accelerates, brakes and changes gear. This can help to extend the range of the vehicle. Useful ECO tips help to achieve an even more efficient driving style.

You can also use the following applications with the BMW Connected app via the Control Display of your vehicle:
Simply take your Twitter account with you and view your Tweets while on the move.
Never forget an appointment again: the BMW Connected app brings your calendar entries clearly onto your vehicle display and appointments are read out on request.
Web radio.
Web radio provides you with countless radio stations from all over the world.
Last Mile.
Arrive at the destination set in your navigation system even when you’re outside of the vehicle and be sure of finding your way back to your car at all times.
Your very own personal news service: View the latest news via RSS feed.
Wiki Local.
Find out more about your current location, your destination or a postcode. With Wiki Local, you won’t miss out on any information.
The BMW Connected app also informs you about the current availability of BMW Apps ready applications.
In order to use the app in your BMW, download it on the App Store or on Google Play™, connect your smartphone to your BMW via the USB port or snap-in adapter and launch the app. Then access the individual functions via the iDrive Controller, the display and audio system in your vehicle.

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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 it, 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 1000 metres away and the rear lights of vehicles ahead up to 500 metres 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.


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.

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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.

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 Navigation system Professional and selected smartphones.

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 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.

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

As a permanently integrated feature, the Navigation system Professional 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 are still visible.

The Navigation system Professional 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 Navigation System Professional 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.

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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 30 cm, 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.

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.

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 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 Apple 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.

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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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.