BMW starts largest OTA software update to date

February 24, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
BMW starts largest OTA software update to date
Tesla has long been able to do it - automatic software updates via the wireless interface. But BMW can do it on a larger scale: the Bavarian car manufacturer is currently updating the software of more than 20 different models in countless variants. More than one million vehicles are involved.

The BMW OS 7 update includes a number of functional improvements; it also brings new features to the car. Among other things, the Alexa voice service is deeply embedded in the operating system in five countries, users can log in to the car with their driver profile using the My BMW app, and navigation guidance has been extended to more countries.

With the deep integration of Amazon Alexa, it is now possible to use Amazon's voice service in the vehicle in the same way as customers are already used to at home. Alexa's capabilities not only affect vehicle-related functions, but everything that is also covered by Alexa in the home or on the road. It is also possible to control compatible smart home devices from within the vehicle. In this upgrade, Amazon Alexa is available for Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Spain and Italy. Alexa integration will be extended to other countries in future upgrades.

Functional overview of BMWs software update

The personal driver profile in the BMW can now be transferred to other BMW vehicles via QR code scan with the My BMW app, including rental vehicles. Climate and navigation settings and favourites are automatically transferred to the target vehicle. As also applies to personal settings such as seat position or preferred driver assistance settings. If the customer has linked his profile to the vehicle key, his settings are loaded as soon as he opens the vehicle.

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