Wouldn’t it be nice to learn something new overnight? To simply close your eyes, fall asleep, absorb knowledge and wake up? What about during the day on a long run? You could then stretch in your yoga class like bamboo bending in the breeze, putt the golf ball from off the green or chat away in Italian on a weekend trip to Rome.
Sadly, this doesn’t work for people. But it does for BMW vehicles thanks to Remote Software Upgrades, which allow them to receive new software wirelessly. Updates can improve existing functions and even add completely new ones. They can be sent on the go and online, simply “over-the-air”. So, there is no need to transfer any data using a cable or USB stick and certainly no need to visit your local dealership.
How BMW Remote Software Upgrades work
Today, every new vehicle that leaves a BMW Group plant has between 50 and 60 control units that control the car’s various functions. We can update the software for these components using Remote Software Upgrades. Users can download new software packages using the My BMW app on their smartphone and then transfer it to their vehicle using WiFi and Bluetooth. Packages can also be downloaded automatically – whilst the vehicle is in use – via the vehicle’s own SIM card. The BMW Group has developed its own over-the-air software and integrated it into its vehicles. The software controls, monitors and secures the upgrade process, and is perfectly adapted to the onboard power supply. You can confirm and complete the installation by just clicking on the central information display a few times.