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Source: BMW Group Munich. With the new remote software upgrade, BMW is once again underlining its leading role in digitization. With the largest and most extensive upgrade to date in the history of the premium manufacturer, more than 750,000 vehicles worldwide will receive the latest version of the BMW Operating System 7 (version 07/20). At the same time, it is the largest over-the-air update that a European manufacturer has ever rolled out. The software update contains new, expanded and improved functions such as BMW Maps, Google Android Auto ™ or eDrive Zones. The new software version will be available to customers in Germany from October 19 and can be downloaded over-the-air free of charge and installed in the vehicle. Customers are informed via push message in the vehicle or in the BMW app on their smartphone as soon as the upgrade is ready. After the launch on the local market, it will be rolled out successively in Europe, the USA, Canada, China and the remaining international markets. Overview of the new and extended functions (video). BMW Maps offers a completely new navigation experience. The route calculation of the first cloud-based system is significantly faster and also more dynamic, as it combines real-time information with forecast models. Points-of-interests receive additional contextual information on ratings, business hours and images. In addition, the destination entry has been significantly revised and is now easier and more intuitive to use, similar to what customers know from online search engines. Examples of this are free text input via a single search line (‘one-box search’) and the display of suggestions for relevant search terms while they are being entered (‘autocompletion’). Google Android AutoTM is available as a new function after the upgrade and gives customers their own functions Use smartphones in the vehicle via a wireless connection. With the help of the Google Assistant or via touch control, the customer can access his apps without having to operate the smartphone directly. Navigation information from Google MapsTM is shown in the Info Display and Head-up Display. With the expanded functionality, the navigation information from Apple Maps via Apple CarPlay® now includes turning instructions and lane information that is shown directly on the head-up display and on the Info Display. Connected Parking supports the driver at the point of arrival with various services when looking for a parking space. The On-Street Parking Information not only shows the driver parking spaces, but also uses the available fleet data to calculate the probability of whether a parking space is free. The service now also takes into account the size of the vehicle model when comparing it with the parking situation on site. EDrive Zones is a new and globally unique digital service that supports customers with a BMW with a plug-in hybrid drive [1] to be more environmentally conscious on the road be. Using geofencing, the vehicle automatically switches to all-electric driving mode when entering environmental zones. EDrive Zones are currently available in over 90 European cities. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is given a new and more emotional appearance, can differentiate between addressing the driver and the front passenger, and tends towards the person talking. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is increasingly providing proactive assistance with possible voice commands. The suggestions are displayed in the redesigned widget. In addition, the virtual character is expanded to include numerous voice commands. For example, the power windows can be operated, the driving modes (COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO) can be changed or advice on more efficient driving can be obtained. Connected Charging makes mobility more sustainable and innovative. The display of public charging stations has been expanded to include additional detailed information, for example on opening times, providers or authentication options. In addition, availability is shown at a glance. In addition, points of interest such as cafés or restaurants near the charging station are listed. The smart opener function of the tailgate can now be individually configured or completely deactivated if desired.

Remote software upgrade and roll-out: Since 2018 and the introduction of the BMW Operating System 7, BMW drivers have been able to keep their vehicle up to date with the latest software version with the remote software upgrade. The new functions can be quickly and easily played over-the-air in the car. The installation files are prepared in the background in the vehicle, after which the installation, even for extensive upgrades, rarely takes more than 20 minutes.Due to the Corona situation – with effects on the availability of support capacities – the roll-out of the current upgrade can take time There are shifts in individual markets. In addition, it must be taken into account that the availability of individual services and improvements can vary due to the vehicle equipment and in the different regions. Vehicles with BMW Operating System 7, which were produced from July 2020, are already equipped with the latest version including additional functions. Customers can view the software version in the vehicle settings under Remote Software Upgrade and search for available upgrades. 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 relevant BMW How-To channel.

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

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