BMW ConnectedDrive - New features for model year 2014

by Tim Jones on June 5, 2013, 6:08 pm
BMW ConnectedDrive 2014 MY Specs

BMW ConnectedDrive has been synonymous with forward-looking concepts and technologies in the domain of automotive connectivity for many years. By refocusing on tailor-made mobility services and new, highly innovative service features, BMW is extending its lead in this field. In the US, this will mean new standard offering throughout the range for the 2014 model year, a significant update to the latest BMW iDrive user interface, the ability for customers to add services after they purchase the vehicle if they wish. BMW ConnectedDrive will also include a range of features tailored specifically to BMW i.

Target: BMW ConnectedDrive in many markets and for all vehicles
From the outset, BMW ConnectedDrive has been geared towards the mobility requirements of its users both today and into the future. The carmaker's pioneering role is exemplified by the very first in-car integration of an Apple iPod in BMW cars back in 2004, as well as the multitude of apps for in-car use introduced since 2011. The reorientation of the services now turns comprehensive, intelligent connectivity between passengers, vehicle and the outside world into a reality, while the new and enhanced service features are to be made available for all models by means of a SIM card integrated into the vehicle.
Today BMW ConnectedDrive services are available in 11 countries. Over the course of 2013, the BMW ConnectedDrive service portfolio will be extended to an additional 14 markets around the world. The objective is to have around five million BMW cars linked up worldwide via ConnectedDrive with the help of the built-in SIM card by the year 2017. This broadening of its strategy makes BMW the first carmaker to firmly commit itself to the goal of achieving blanket connectivity. This will see BMW customers reap the benefits of a steadily increasing number of innovative new features and functions with high practical value.

BMW ConnectedDrive in the US: For model year 2014, more standard features and available services
In the US the portfolio of BMW ConnectedDrive for model year 2014 will include more standard features throughout the range and even more available services. These will include:
  • BMW Assist standard in nearly all 2014 models including 10 years of eCall with enhanced Automatic Collision Notification and BMW Teleservice.
  • Updated BMW iDrive 4.2 available or standard on most 2014 models with a range of enhancements and additional features.
  • BMW navigation and BMW Online standard equipment on all 2014 5, 6 and 7 Series cars as well as 2014 X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles. It is optional on all other models. In addition to BMW Online, BMW navigation includes Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI)[1].
  • Concierge service is now standard on all V8 and V12 equipped 2014 6 and 7 Series models. It is now available as a standalone upgrade on most other 2014 models. The service can be initialized at the time of purchase or can be added anytime after purchase.
  • Internet access is available as an option on 2014 models equipped with navigation and the latest BMW iDrive 4.2[2] as part on BMW Online. The internet browser is connected through the vehicle using a 3G network connection.
  • Enhanced voice command options including available message dictation and integration of both Apple Siri and Samsung SVoice through the vehicle's voice command controls.[3]
  • Expanded availability of BMW Apps-ready third party apps. In addition to the apps available in the US today including Pandora, MOG, Stitcher and Aupeo new BMW Apps that will be available soon include Audible, TuneIn, Rhapsody and Glympse with more to follow. Later this year, BMW Apps integration will be available for devices with the Android operating system.

BMW Assist: Standard on nearly all 2014 models with 10 years of eCall with enhanced Automatic Collision Notification and BMW Teleservice
BMW Assist has been available since 2009. It is now included in nearly every BMW sold in the US. For the 2014 model year, BMW Assist will be standard on nearly every model[4]. It will include 10 years of eCall emergency calling with enhanced Automatic Collision Notification as well as BMW Teleservice. An automatic emergency call system is set to become mandatory for all new vehicles in the EU from 2015. BMW Assist eCall offers this function today with far greater capability than will be required by law. Should an airbag be deployed, for instance, the system will transmit an automatic emergency call to the BMW call centre including the precise location of the accident site. BMW Assist eCall includes enhanced Automatic Collision Notification, which includes the groundbreaking Urgency Algorithm, developed in cooperation with the William Lehman Injury Research Center in Miami. Apart from the vehicle's exact position and direction of travel, details of the vehicle model and all the data gathered by the sensors in the car are relayed to the call centre as well. This information provides indications as to the nature and severity of the collision, while the deployment of the car's restraint systems gives an idea of the number of people injured and allows frontal, rear, side or even multiple collisions to be identified and differentiated. The Urgency Algorithm transmits the likelihood of severe injury. On the basis of all accident-related data, the call center decides which and how many emergency services are required at the accident site (e.g. doctor, paramedic, fire brigade, helicopter). The data also enables the first responders to alert the appropriate medical care for those involved in the accident before they have even arrived at the scene. The call center will also stay in contact with the vehicle's occupants until the emergency services arrive, speaking to them in their native language where possible. As well as automatic activation, the system also allows the driver or front passenger to trigger the emergency call manually in order to help other road users in distress by alerting the call center.

TeleService tells the driver if and when maintenance is required. Fixed service intervals become a thing of the past, because the intelligent maintenance system, Condition Based Service, constantly monitors your vehicle's service needs. When necessary, the vehicle communicates service-relevant data to the nearest BMW Service Centre by making an Automatic BMW TeleService Call.

BMW iDrive: The evolution of groundbreaking interface continues for 2014 model year
BMW's groundbreaking user interface has undergone constant improvement and development since its inception in 2002. On the heels of its most recent update, BMW's iDrive will see significant enhancements for model year 2014. Not only will more models receive the latest iDrive 4.2, but the system gets enhancements that improve the user experience in the areas of navigation, Advanced Real Time Traffic Information, connectivity, entertainment, online access and voice commands. One example is the ability to engage automatic time setting. When active, the time will automatically be adjusted for Daylight Saving or Standard time as well as changes in time zone while traveling.

BMW Navigation Touchpad, Point-of-Interest voice search and enhanced route tailoring among highlights
The BMW navigation system has received many enhancements, including a new protocol for entering addresses which more closely mirrors the way US users think of addresses. Now after a state has been entered users can input house or business number, street and city or town.

Before setting out, the prescribed route can be tailored to avoid certain areas, for example, if the user anticipates heavy traffic or knows of construction on that route. The system will recalculate the route to avoid the selected area. Multiple areas to avoid can be selected for a given route and the size of coverage is fully adjustable. The online Google search function has been enhanced for customers who subscribe to BMW Online. Users can now search for points-of-interest (POI) via voice. Once the user has spoken their POI, the navigation system can then guide the driver to their desired destination.

Advanced Real Time Traffic Information was significantly enhanced for iDrive 4.2 to provide a clearer view of traffic congestion using green, yellow and red indicators along the route to indicate the degree to which roads are clear or congested. The traffic incident view has been enhanced again to provide more precise indications in red of the specific location of stopped traffic.

The BMW navigation system for most 2014 models will include a new iDrive controller with Touchpad. The touchpad is integrated into the top of the controller and does not require a separate location. Phone numbers, contact names and address can be written out directly on the touchpad. The user can seamlessly switch between the touchpad and the controller while information is being entered. The touchpad can also be used to zoom in and out on the interactive map.

Entertainment Expanded access via BluetoothTM enhances listening options
Among the enhancements for BluetoothTM access is iAP, an Apple-specific protocol. A USB connection will not be required in order to access one's music library on an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. iAP will make it possible to browse and select music using the BMW controller and screen via a wireless Bluetooth connection with the same functionality as with USB connection.

Users will now be able to seamlessly switch between USB and Bluetooth connectivity on any device without the need for an additional step. The system will automatically switch between access types to ensure continuous device connectivity.

An update for satellite radio listeners allows users to see SiriusXM channel logos in the Player Screen display. As previously announced, MY 2013 and newer users now receive SiriusXM All Access for the full subscription year included with the satellite radio option. This makes it possible to listen via the SiriusXM website on a computer, tablet or other devices.

A visual volume indicator will now make it possible to see the volume level at a glance. The visual volume indicator will be available for entertainment and navigation instructions.
BMW Online Internet browser as well as split-screen access now available.
Subscribers to BMW Online can now add access to the internet while the vehicle is stationary. The internet browser is connected through the vehicle using a 3G network connection. Split screen functionality is now available while using BMW Online. Navigation map and instructions, entertainment details and other onboard content can now be displayed alongside BMW Online.

Voice Access Apple Siri, Samsung SVoice now accessible. New visual voice command suggestions
With the latest update to BMW iDrive, both Apple Siri and Samsung SVoice can be accessed through the vehicle's voice command controls. With a paired device, pressing and holding the steering wheel voice command button will engage the device's voice access. Pressing the steering wheel voice button without holding it will continue to access the vehicle's voice command functions.

The BMW voice command system itself has been enhanced to now include visual voice command suggestions. Once activated a banner across the top of the display offers prompts for when to speak and provides suggestions for what to say. The suggestions are tailored to the individual menu or function that the driver wishes to access.
Concierge Service: now standard or available as a standalone option

Concierge service is now standard on all V8 and V12 equipped 2014 6 and 7 Series models. It is now available as a standalone upgrade on most other 2014 models. The service can be initialized at the time of purchase or can be added anytime after purchase. Conciergeservice puts a personal assistant at your beckon 24/7. The assistant can be reached at anytime using the car's SOS button or from a Bluetooth enabled cell phone. The assistant can find places of interest, and send the address right to your navigation. Alternatively, the assistant can send the phone number of the destination right to your Bluetooth enabled phone. The service also includes critical calling. If a cell phone is not available, the concierge can place a call.

BMW ConnectedDrive services: Now more powerful than ever thanks to new services and apps
BMW is extending its standing as the world's leading provider of web-based in-car services by introducing some major enhancements. BMW ConnectedDrive customers are now able to further improve their mobile Internet experience with the help of browser-based applications (vehicle apps) in BMW Online such as Yelp and Google Street View. For yet greater convenience while travelling, there is the BMW Connected app for smartphones, which includes functions such as web radio, Facebook, Twitter, calendar, Wiki Local, Last Mile plus several more besides. All applications, regardless of whether they are vehicle apps used via BMW Online or smartphone apps, are controlled using the iDrive controller and Control Display with the familiar menu structure. In addition to all future BMW ConnectedDrive customers, the extended range of services is also available to a large number of existing customers at no extra charge.

Third-party apps mean the infotainment possibilities are virtually boundless.
The highly flexible app concept makes it possible to incorporate not just the applications specially developed by the BMW Group, but also BMW Apps-ready applications from other providers. With the advent of these BMW Apps-ready applications, BMW is giving customers the option of continuing to use their favorite or familiar service providers when driving in their car, too. This will allow the wide array of infotainment functions that BMW drivers enjoy when at home or out and about to be smoothly transferred to their vehicle in future.

With these BMW Apps-ready applications, the range of functions can basically be expanded at will. The prerequisite for all apps is that they meet the BMW requirements for distraction-free operation. In order to ensure optimum integration of third-party applications into the vehicle, the BMW Group offers providers a special Software Development Kit (SDK). This contains specific tools that are intended to help the third-party providers develop compatible, vehicle-adapted versions of their apps that are befitting of the cars' premium status. The current portfolio comprising Pandora, MOG, Stitcher and Aupeo is being gradually extended by the addition of numerous exciting third-party apps such as Rhapsody, TuneIn Radio, Audible and Glympse. From this summer, application-based integration will also be compatible with smartphones running the Google Android operating system. With a market share of over 50 percent, Android is now the most widely used operating system for smartphones.

Easier voice commands thanks to natural speech recognition
The new generation of the BMW Navigation system Professional adds various new speech functions to the BMW ConnectedDrive Mobile Office portfolio, most notably a dictation function that employs a full speech recognition system to simply transcribe the driver's words. The dictated text can then be sent by SMS or email. The multilingual dictation function can recognize six languages at present. Punctuation marks and instructions such as "new line" can also be dictated. The speech recognition service is performed outside the vehicle by BMW cooperation partner Nuance. The range of office functionalities offered by BMW ConnectedDrive has been expanded by another speech-based feature, too. The voice memo function, in contrast to the dictation function, allows the driver to make direct voice recordings of up to two minutes in length and immediately send them by email if required.

LTE mobile high-speed Internet available for use in every car
The BMW LTE Car Hotspot already makes it possible to enjoy mobile Internet in your car today at the high speeds offered by LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology. The BMW LTE Car Hotspot acts like a home router, forming an interface between the mobile device and the World Wide Web. All that is required apart from the BMW Car Hotspot is an LTE-capable SIM card, which is inserted into the hotspot. Once it has been put into service in the vehicle, the adapter works just like any hotspot, allowing the passengers in the vehicle to surf the Internet at high speed with as many as eight mobile devices at the same time.


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39 responses to BMW ConnectedDrive - New features for model year 2014

thegandalf commented:
June 5, 2013, 7:12 pm

Great info.
sr5959 commented:
June 5, 2013, 7:17 pm

Outstanding improvements! Can't wait to upgrade. Shows they've really listened to a lot of complaints about the current system.
sr5959 commented:
June 5, 2013, 7:28 pm

The enhanced Bluetooth stuff will be most useful to me.
Carnook commented:
June 5, 2013, 7:33 pm

Interesting that they are integrating Samsung sVoice. Really shows that the mobile market isn't about Apple and Google, its about Apple and Samsung.
Darrena commented:
June 5, 2013, 9:20 pm

It is great to see Android support but I really hope it works on older systems like the 2013's...
BarryL commented:
June 5, 2013, 9:21 pm

Wonder how much will be available to existing MY 2011-2013 vehicles.
thegandalf commented:
June 5, 2013, 10:21 pm

I am so glad i held up and waited for MY14!
mr_clueless commented:
June 5, 2013, 11:06 pm

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Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
BMW Assist has been available since 2009. It is now included in nearly every BMW sold in the US. For the 2014 model year, BMW Assist will be standard on nearly every model[4].
What does the footnote [4] say?
boltjaM3s commented:
June 6, 2013, 1:24 am

Well, Siri is coming, just a matter of what features (if any) they push out to the rest of us.

BJ
chiba commented:
June 6, 2013, 1:26 am



Looks an awful lot like the F30.. Article below

http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/05/n...egration-cars/

Chiba
Bmwlvr60 commented:
June 6, 2013, 11:47 pm

Finally, BMW realizes that everyone- at least in the US- is used to seeing a volume #. Insane that this wasn't available before. Also it appears that the navigation will be more user friendly- this is one thing the Japanese have always done well. All my Acuras have had navigation systems that make BMW's look like 3 generations behind .
Pappy Pipes commented:
June 7, 2013, 2:39 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
Well, Siri is coming, just a matter of what features (if any) they push out to the rest of us.

BJ
Not full tilt boogie, but I imagine some features will migrate to earlier MYs officially or unofficially.
chasfh commented:
June 13, 2013, 12:34 pm

Always a year too early, I guess ...
tgustus commented:
January 8, 2014, 2:34 pm

Ok.. let's not get too excited (and please others correct me if i'm wrong on these issues). I just bought a brand new 2014 x5 with connected drive because I thought it was the best system on the market. However.. I might not have selected a bmw knowing what I know now and I think everyone should know what works and what doesn't.. First.. the I phone does not connect other than music and your phone list to the car.. text messages and e-mail doesn't work.. This was my biggest disappointment.. I called bmw.. and they told me that Apple isn't co operating in this area and that only blackberry works to see your texts and e-mails.. this makes this voice recognition really not so important.. and I'll never use the dock in the console because I'll need to look at my texts from my phone.. as usual. I was really interested in this.. Navigation does not allow for waypoints and multiple addresses... super disappointed here because as a realtor I could show 20 houses in an afternoon.. but with the bmw I need to enter each one as I go. The bmw app is a great idea and it says there could be a list however can't do that, just one text of an address at a time. When I saw the internet browser I got excited.. however I should have tried this for a second hour in the showroom before purchasing. It is really bad.. doesn't have many of the plugins it needs to use websites for flash etc.. has some but these need to be set up in settings each time you use the browser as it doesn't remember your settings. Also if the website asks for a user name and password this proves too much for the browser.. you'll just get frustrated and quit.. better to use your phone. Lastly.. Bmw support needs to be improved.. nobody at a dealership or available by phone knows how these systems work. In my other car I have an aftermarket parrot asteroid smart. this is and android based system, it's much simpler to use and it works.. basically.. I'll probably devise a tablet mount in the bmw.. just a lot easier than trying to work around something that is just too frustrating to use. Oh and don't get excited about having a hotspot in the car.. mine doesn't and its operating 3g not lte.. Get a big phone and mount it or a tablet. and advice for bmw.. make a tablet mount and an audio hookup.. leave room in the dash for one.. I'm afraid they just won't keep up to what's happening. Get programmers to work on creating windows, ios or andriod programs for a tablet, then leave it up to 3rd party developers to create better stuff than this.
Zeichen311 commented:
January 8, 2014, 3:51 pm

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Originally Posted by tgustus View Post
Navigation does not allow for waypoints and multiple addresses... super disappointed here because as a realtor I could show 20 houses in an afternoon.. but with the bmw I need to enter each one as I go.
Yes it does, and has for many years. Select "Add as another destination" (phrasing may have changed) instead of starting guidance to the destination. You can reposition the new destination (waypoint) anywhere in the sequence of destinations (by default, the most recent entry is added at the top of the list). A trip can contain up to 30 waypoints and you can store up to 30 named trips in the vehicle. (Those limits may be different in the latest iDrive system; check the manual.)

Using the "Send to car" function does require you to send the destinations one at a time, however it only takes a few seconds each to open them and add them to the trip. One hitch is that I believe the number of service messages (i.e., send-to-car messages) the car will retain is less than the number of waypoints allowed in a trip. This could be a nuisance if you had a lot of destinations to send.
tgustus commented:
January 8, 2014, 4:19 pm

Re: "you can add waypoints" Yes tried that.. "Add as another destination" it did add it.. however if I didn't click "start navigation".. it forgot it and when I went back there it wasn't there. So on each address I added I had to start a new destination then cancel navigation then move back into histories to find my addresses.. they weren't waypoints they are just addresses in histories.. There is nothing on the selection menu I can find that shows me to keep a route or several waypoints within the menu.. looked for a long time too.. If I looked that long, it's not real intuitive, if in fact it is possible to do at all.
Zeichen311 commented:
January 8, 2014, 5:01 pm

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Originally Posted by tgustus View Post
Re: "you can add waypoints" Yes tried that.. "Add as another destination" it did add it.. however if I didn't click "start navigation".. it forgot it and when I went back there it wasn't there. So on each address I added I had to start a new destination then cancel navigation....
Agreed, this part is a little odd: Do not stop guidance after each destination. If you choose "Start navigation" after each one, then just go on to add the next without cancelling guidance, you will be presented with the list of waypoints in the current trip. After placing the new destination in the desired sequence, you choose "Start navigation" again. Repeat for each destination until you've built the entire trip. (You might want to turn off the voice instructions until you're ready to move.) (Edit: There is a better option that slipped my mind: You can also choose "Enter new destination" after each waypoint, on the same screen. That avoids the repeated direction prompts for the first waypoint.)

The somewhat counter-intuitive part is that you do not first define a list of destinations and then start guidance. You start guidance to the first destination and then add more destinations to the trip in progress. (Either approach makes perfect sense, unless of course you happen to expect the other. )

To store the entire trip for re-use, you need to bring up the list of destinations while guidance is active, press Option and then choose "Store trip."
tgustus commented:
January 8, 2014, 5:51 pm

Zeichen311... thanks for giving me a little persistence.. I did discover how to create a trip.. now for the saving part.. I couldn't get my head around that.. adding destinations from messages sent from iphone is cumbersome there is a lot of toggleing around.. I did manage to re-arrange the trip, however saving it and naming it didn't appear anywhere. It seems like everything you want to do is fractured and on a different menu somewhere. I read in the manual that destinations can be uploaded via usb.. however there is no instructions on exaclty what the format would be or how to do it.. I called bmw support.. they didn't know either. wow it's like these guys at head office or tech support really don't know their cars, i'm learning more from other people instead of the dealership.. however.. I'm a tech guy and i'm having difficulty.. I have had 4 other nav systems.. nothing was this hard to learn.
Gary J commented:
January 8, 2014, 6:11 pm

Also when you add destinations you can re-order them. That is pretty nice when you want to add in a stop at the coffee shop. Unless you already knew that..... a little hard...... to ... read posts ....with all those freaking ..........dots.......
greywolf328i commented:
January 8, 2014, 6:27 pm

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Originally Posted by tgustus View Post
. First.. the I phone does not connect other than music and your phone list to the car.. text messages and e-mail doesn't work.. This was my biggest disappointment.. I called bmw.. and they told me that Apple isn't co operating in this area and that only blackberry works to see your texts and e-mails.
This topic has been beat to death in several other threads regarding emails and texts with the iPhone. Short answer is yes it does work, especially text messages. Even text messages work with Android, so BMW support doesn't even know what they are talking about. I've never heard anyone on here talk about a BB with iDrive for what its worth.
tgustus commented:
January 8, 2014, 9:13 pm

greywolf328i ok.. so how do you get it to work? havent found a way to see texts no matter what I do from my I phone. I haven't seen a thread on how to get this to work either.. If it's been beat to death as you say. Should't it just work? once its connected with blue tooth?
Jack-Bauer commented:
January 8, 2014, 9:26 pm

I gotta agree.

Once I got my car I was expecting txt messages to just show up on any screen...

But no, nothing. Some get it to work (somehow) but you need to navigate to get to them.
tgustus commented:
January 8, 2014, 10:04 pm

Honestly, another hour spent reading forums and into the car a couple of times. I think the menu options have changed on the 2014.. some of what I'm reading just doesn't apply. There aren't that many options to change anyway. There's limited blue tooth settings you can really play with, both on the phone and on the car. Unless there is a hidden menu somewhere i can't find.. phone plugged in, bmw app connected, through blue tooth settings, mail and text settings both phone and car.. I can't see anything else to do. There needs to be better tutorials.. online video tutorials created for this system so we know when we're doing it right. Second, bmw needs to do a better job with training their people.
sf_loft commented:
January 8, 2014, 10:50 pm

Hmm, is this available on my '14 F10? I don't remember seeing an internet option under connected drive and I don't even know where you would put a SIM card.
Zeichen311 commented:
January 8, 2014, 11:24 pm

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Originally Posted by tgustus View Post
Zeichen311... thanks for giving me a little persistence. I did discover how to create a trip. now for the saving part. I couldn't get my head around that. ... I did manage to re-arrange the trip, however saving it and naming it didn't appear anywhere. ... I read in the manual that destinations can be uploaded via usb. however there is no instructions on exaclty what the format would be or how to do it.
Happy to help. I had to make several stops on my way home tonight so I was able to play with this a bit and refresh my memory.

A small mistake I made is that you don't have to choose "Start guidance" after every destination--just the first and last. For all additional waypoints you can use the "Enter new destination" option that appears on the same screen.

Note that saving & naming a trip is optional. The most recent multi-destination route is always automatically saved for you as "Last trip" on the "Stored trips" menu. I mentioned in passing earlier that you can only save a named trip while guidance is active on the trip. It turns out that is partially incorrect. You can actually save the current trip any time after you start guidance, even if you then cancel or complete the trip.

The command to save a trip is buried in a strange place. It's an option on the Guidance panel--the checkered-flag icon on the left side of the map (while viewing the map, push the controller left once to open the list). Open that screen and then press the Option key next to the controller. Scroll down the list of actions until you find "Store trip." It's also available on the list of destinations/waypoints ("Display all destinations in trip" or something like that, from the Guidance panel).

It is crucial to understand you can only save the current trip. A completed trip is still the current trip, until you start guidance to a different destination (or set of destinations). Guidance to even a single destination is considered a "trip." You cannot copy the "Last trip" route to a saved (named) trip, unless you first re-start guidance for that last trip.

As for the USB import/export feature for destinations and trips--check the same place as above (Options menu on the Guidance screen) or perhaps the Options menu on the "Stored trips" list. I can't help you much here, because the E9X iDrive lacks this feature (in the US). I believe the trip data format is Google KML with BMW proprietary extensions, packaged in ZIP archives. From what I recall when I explored it a few years ago (and it may be different now), it is meant for import/export only and would be difficult to create by external means.
tgustus commented:
January 8, 2014, 11:37 pm

Zeichen311.. do you have your text messages and e-mails coming to the car? I'm having absolutely no luck with this at all. I've been through every menu and when I called bmw.. they said it wouldn't work.. only with a blackberry.. others have chimed in here to say that it works but I've looked at a lot of forums and I don't know of any other things I can do.. I have an old Iphone 4 with ios6.1.3 (i fear upgrading)
thegandalf commented:
January 8, 2014, 11:41 pm

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Originally Posted by tgustus View Post
Honestly, another hour spent reading forums and into the car a couple of times. I think the menu options have changed on the 2014.. some of what I'm reading just doesn't apply. There aren't that many options to change anyway. There's limited blue tooth settings you can really play with, both on the phone and on the car. Unless there is a hidden menu somewhere i can't find.. phone plugged in, bmw app connected, through blue tooth settings, mail and text settings both phone and car.. I can't see anything else to do. There needs to be better tutorials.. online video tutorials created for this system so we know when we're doing it right. Second, bmw needs to do a better job with training their people.
When I first got my F30, I still had a Blackerry. I was surprised it worked worked perfectly and seamlessly to sync both email and texts with my car. I guess it is because idrive runs on qnx which is IIRC owned by Blacberry.
Now that I have an I phone 5 I have to close, on the phone, the email app once I started the car (double click home button and slide the email app up to close) in order for new emails to show (with a short/medium delay) on the car...
thegandalf commented:
January 8, 2014, 11:45 pm

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Originally Posted by tgustus View Post
Zeichen311.. do you have your text messages and e-mails coming to the car? I'm having absolutely no luck with this at all. I've been through every menu and when I called bmw.. they said it wouldn't work.. only with a blackberry.. others have chimed in here to say that it works but I've looked at a lot of forums and I don't know of any other things I can do.. I have an old Iphone 4 with ios6.1.3 (i fear upgrading)
With your io, in order to close the email app you double cluck on the home button then keep touch and hold the email icon until it jiggles (and an x appears next to it) . Click the x to close the app.

It does look like bmw and apple are not playing nice with each other.
greywolf328i commented:
January 9, 2014, 12:06 am

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Originally Posted by tgustus View Post
greywolf328i ok.. so how do you get it to work? havent found a way to see texts no matter what I do from my I phone. I haven't seen a thread on how to get this to work either.. If it's been beat to death as you say. Should't it just work? once its connected with blue tooth?
Found these threads including one started by me just by searching for "text message".
1. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=text+messages
2. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=text+messages
3. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=text+messages
4. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=text+messages

There are tons more, hence my saying beat to death. I can understand if you said you were lost as to which of the many threads had the best info, but you couldn't have searched much. I personally don't use an iPhone, so I didn't remember the steps otherwise I would post them and save you the trouble.

As for just working, blame Apple, Android works immediately after initial BT paring steps.
tgustus commented:
January 9, 2014, 12:44 am

greywolf328... thanks for the great links.. actually I have spent a lot of time working on this but didn't find those threads.. However it seems correct that bmw is saying that in fact the Apple is not supported... and the ones in know are saying.. don't bother getting the bmw to receive texts and e-mails its too cumbersome, just use siri on your phone sounds like the best advice.
greywolf328i commented:
January 9, 2014, 1:13 am

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Originally Posted by tgustus View Post
greywolf328... thanks for the great links.. actually I have spent a lot of time working on this but didn't find those threads.. However it seems correct that bmw is saying that in fact the Apple is not supported... and the ones in know are saying.. don't bother getting the bmw to receive texts and e-mails its too cumbersome, just use siri on your phone sounds like the best advice.
No problem. Sometimes the search on forums is not the most friendly. I have to say reading texts while driving is never going to be safe. My dad's Fusion with sync touch is just as cumbersome. Siri definitely is the way to go.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using BimmerApp mobile app
elrodvt commented:
January 9, 2014, 4:04 pm

Text and E-Mail works fine with my android phone (LG G2). Like the speech to text reply. However it looks like dragon charges for this after 1 month but darned if I can figure out how much! It better not be very much at all or I'll ditch it.
tgustus commented:
February 9, 2014, 7:14 pm

I'm really confused about this LTE hotspot because my connected drive car doesn't have this.. wonder why? The more I use this system the more I see that it needs a lot of work, web browser crashes, saying it doesn't have enough memory and it's terrible, plugins and operating system just don't work at all. . I still haven't ever got my texts showing from my I phone.. only the texts I get while the phone is plugged in.. not via blue tooth.. e-mail.. just forget about it.. never got that to work. I've spent hours on this.. what someone needs to do is create a tutorial video on getting this stuff to work. It shouldn't take this much effort. I really wish I knew the limitations of this system before buying. My view is that bmw is just advertising a system that isn't a finished system.. and.. they shouldn't have charged me for such a system if it's essentially a pilot project.
tim330i commented:
February 10, 2014, 9:02 am

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Originally Posted by tgustus View Post
I'm really confused about this LTE hotspot because my connected drive car doesn't have this.. wonder why? The more I use this system the more I see that it needs a lot of work, web browser crashes, saying it doesn't have enough memory and it's terrible, plugins and operating system just don't work at all. . I still haven't ever got my texts showing from my I phone.. only the texts I get while the phone is plugged in.. not via blue tooth.. e-mail.. just forget about it.. never got that to work. I've spent hours on this.. what someone needs to do is create a tutorial video on getting this stuff to work. It shouldn't take this much effort. I really wish I knew the limitations of this system before buying. My view is that bmw is just advertising a system that isn't a finished system.. and.. they shouldn't have charged me for such a system if it's essentially a pilot project.
Did you buy the LTE hotspot device? -

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=664758

The reset of the system is a little buggy but people have gotten it to work. Try looking in the F15 X5 forum to see how everyone else is fairing -

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=179

Tim
tgustus commented:
February 10, 2014, 11:20 am

Ok.. so wasn't explained about the hotspot device.. don't have one, but my system is running 3g here in Canada and we have LTE.. so what's the deal? certainly the browser might work better if it had LTE, still doesn't explain why the browser would crash all the time and that plugins seem to be non existent. If the system is running out of memory and crashing, I wouldn't want to add even one app! What next? New Car?
tim330i commented:
February 10, 2014, 11:33 am

Did you look in the F15 X5 forum? At least one other person is having trouble -

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=751903

Tim
tgustus commented:
February 10, 2014, 12:01 pm

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Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
Did you look in the F15 X5 forum? At least one other person is having trouble -

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=751903

Tim
You know, a lot of people are. They're leaving it up to the user to come up with a solution. BMW should have better tech support. This web browser problem is not just software it's hardware, anything that doesn't have enough memory in this day is bogus. It's like they didn't try the system out before selling it. I know a lot of people rave about this system because they haven't seen anything else. I took a video of my experience.. BMW needs to be crushed until they fix the problems or quit advertising features that don't work.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KllruxTQOQ
Joseph@x-ph.com commented:
April 17, 2014, 12:31 am

Thanks for sharing !!
ifoney commented:
April 17, 2014, 2:31 am

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Originally Posted by sf_loft View Post
Hmm, is this available on my '14 F10? I don't remember seeing an internet option under connected drive and I don't even know where you would put a SIM card.
I did see an internet option either, don't see a sim slot. i think they mean when you connect your phone to the usb port, it will use the phone data to get access from apps to the internet.