The BMW Cockpit has been radically revised and modernised for the launch of new product highlights like the BMW X5, BMW 8 Series, BMW Z4 and BMW 3 Series, which celebrate their premiere at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2018 in Paris. With content that can be customised and personalised, the new, fully digital BMW Operating System 7.0 display and control concept is focused more than ever on the driver. Interaction with the vehicle through the various operating options has been further improved, especially in the area of voice recognition and gesture control. For the first time, drivers and passengers will be joined by the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, an adaptive digital character that makes the vehicle even smarter and responds to the prompt “Hey BMW”.
With clearly presented content adapted according to context, and seamless integration of new functions and services, the driver enjoys optimal support at all times. The new Remote Software Upgrade function allows customers to conveniently perform over-the-air upgrades to ensure their vehicle is always up-to-date. In future they will also be able to download additional vehicle functions and services at a later date. With the new BMW Cockpit, the brand is creating an even more personal, intelligent and consistent overall experience for its customers.
The introduction of the BMW iDrive Controller in 2001 marked a ground-breaking development in vehicle operation. With its award-winning ID6, BMW set a new standard for in-car display and control concepts. The fundamental enhancement inherent in BMW Operating System 7.0 is also reflected in the nomenclature and new way in which options are structured. BMW Live Cockpit (as well as BMW Live Cockpit Plus and BMW Live Cockpit Professional) refers to the three levels of hardware and basic functionality, such as the installed display cluster, navigation and entertainment system, available interfaces and technical requirements for operating options, like voice and gesture control. The features at each level of the BMW Live Cockpit are adapted for models in the corresponding vehicle classes. BMW Operating System 7.0 refers to the software package and functionality of the new and fully digital display and control concept, which relies on the digital-only display cluster of BMW Live Cockpit Professional. Version numbering already hints at regular enhancements through remote software upgrades.
The user interface leverages the possibilities of digital design to create an emotional, purist layout, with intuitive structure and operation, as well as close interaction between the Info Display in the driver’s field of vision and the Control Display in the centre console. The digital design, which combines 2D and 3D graphics with animation, is perfectly tailored to the user’s needs. The Info Display no longer replicates analogue circular gauges. These have been replaced by arced design elements that open towards the centre. Their shape and arrangement bring BMW’s typical “four-eyed” face from the front end into the interior. The new design opens up space in the centre of the Info Display for navigation content, with an orientation map showing the vehicle’s current position and relevant situational information for the rest of the journey. Information on driver assistance systems is grouped together within the left-hand speedometer arc. In Comfort and Sport driving modes, the right-hand arc shows the engine speed; in ECO Pro mode, current fuel consumption and average speed are displayed instead. With a larger BMW Head-Up Display on the windscreen, all relevant content for the current driving situation is shown within the driver’s direct view of the road.
Content at the highest menu level of the Control Display can be freely configured by customers according to taste. Up to ten pages in the main menu can be individually configured. Page layouts with two, three or four pads (tiles) can be selected, with the content of the pads displayed in real time. The customer can choose between communications, media/radio, clock, navigation, sports displays, route preview, traffic, position or driving information as content for the pads. The driver can use the selection button on the steering wheel to add additional content to the arc to the right of the Info Display as needed, including entertainment, fuel consumption and sports options, as well as a G-meter that displays the g-forces in effect along dynamic and winding routes.
In the BMW Operating System 7.0, content and displays are adapted to the context and can be personalised by the customer. For example, users can choose from 20 images for their personal profile. When the driver unlocks the car, he or she is greeted by name and with a 3D graphic representation of their vehicle, showing the exact model with its equipment package and base colour. This personalised vehicle view also appears in the "My car" menu. The welcome scenario includes suggested content in the Control Display, such as recent callers, calendar entries, task reminders or routes to destinations sent to the car via BMW Connected. These options are immediately available for selection by the driver.
Remote Software Upgrade provides customers with an easy way to keep vehicles up-to-date. An upgrade may include different content and updates, depending on the vehicle model. This allows the quality and security of the vehicle to be continuously improved. Upgrades may also include improvements to voice control or parking functions, for example. In the course of next year Remote Software Upgrade will also enable customers to book functions or services customised for their vehicle retroactively. The upgrade process is as easy as updating a smartphone. The BMW Connected app notifies the user when an upgrade is available. The download takes place directly in the app – for example, over home Wi-Fi. As soon as the smartphone is connected to the vehicle after download, the installation data begins transferring to the vehicle. The data required can also be downloaded directly via the vehicle’s built-in SIM card. The vehicle will indicate that installation is ready in the Control Display when the car is parked, but the installation process does not begin until confirmed by the customer. The customer is alerted that they will not be able to use their vehicle during the brief time it takes for installation, usually only about 20 minutes. With Remote Software Upgrade, the entire vehicle is always up-to-date; functions are continuously improved and, like services, can be added later.