Source: EENews

 – May 29th, 2019


With the Remote Software Upgrade, BMW for the first time offers its customers the opportunity to continuously update their vehicle software and download new features. The OTA capability is not only available for the 1 Series, but also for all BMW vehicles equipped with the Operating System 7.0 – including the latest BMW sedans. By the way, according to BMW’s language regime, “Operating System” does not mean the same thing as is common in the software industry, i.e. the basic system software for computers. Rather, BMW understands this term to mean a collection of functions, display contents and operating concepts for its cars.


Are bug fixes also part of the range of functions? BMW’s answer to this question is not clear, but is probably “yes”. “Essentially, we want to achieve three customer benefits with Remote Software Upgrade”, a BMW spokesperson explained. “We want to continuously improve the quality and security of the vehicles, we want to improve and expand the vehicle functions, and in the future we also want to give customers the opportunity to book services and functions at a later date.” In future, homologation-relevant software content can also be updated via the air interface; this content is homologated for the respective vehicle type before it is made available, explains the company.


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