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      09-07-2023, 06:09 PM   #1
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Post iDrive 8.5 / 9 Head Unit Identification

SIB HEAD UNIT IDENTIFICATION 2023 - PRESENT.pdf
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iDrive 8.5 - Requires 'Head Unit High 5' (HU-H5)

iDrive 9 - Requires 'Head Unit High 6' (HU-H6)

Head Unit High 5 will be equipped on the following vehicles
  • MY24 5 Series / M5
  • MY24 7 Series
  • i4 (G26 BEV received HU-H5 as of July 2023 Production)
  • iX (i20 received HU-H5 as of March 2023 Production)
  • X5 / X5 M (HU-H5 installed starting April 2023 Production)
  • X6 / X6 M (HU-H5 installed starting April 2023 Production)
  • X7 (HU-H5 installed starting April 2023 Production)
  • XM (HU-H5 installed starting August 2023 Production
Head Unit High 6 is only equipped on the following vehicle to date
  • MY24 X1
* Vehicles not listed to receive HU-H5/6 will carry over the same head units from MY23 to MY24.

MY24 to retain HU-B2 (Head Unit Basic 2) or HU-H3
  • 8 Series / M8 (HU-H3)
  • X3 (HU-B2) / X3 M (HU-H3)
  • X4 (HU-B2) / X4 M (HU-H3)
  • Z4 (HU-H3)
MY24 to retain HU-H4
  • 2 Series / M2
  • 3 Series / M3
  • 4 Series / M4
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      09-07-2023, 06:37 PM   #2
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Bummer - so no hope of HU-H5 and iDrive 8.5 in the 2024 M2.
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from the description, it seems like 8.5 is superior than the 9? and i see it has a GPS port? rather than the headache of idrive 6 with different GPS unit?
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Interesting, thanks for posting.

With the X1 being the only model that I know of to have lost the idrive knob, and is the only model so far with HU6, does this mean all models will eventually lose the idrive knob? I sure hope (k)not...
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If navigation data isnít stored and only pulled from cell data, I would assume it will no longer function when connected drive expires or if the cellular technology becomes obsolete.
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Interesting, thanks for posting.

With the X1 being the only model that I know of to have lost the idrive knob, and is the only model so far with HU6, does this mean all models will eventually lose the idrive knob? I sure hope (k)not...
It says right in the document that iDrive 9 only supports touch and voice input.
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Too bad
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I think moving away from Linux and to Open Source Android is a mistake. Linux is of course open source too, but embedded Linux firmware is nearly bullet-proof in terms of hack resistance.

There are many more nefarious bad guys looking for Android vulnerabilities than for Linux. But maybe BMW is using the 'hardened' OEM-only version of the new mobile Android, so that could be okay too.
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This needs to be front paged as its incredibly useful!
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Seems so odd that i4 gets the new HU5, but regular 3 and 4 series do not.
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Seems so odd that i4 gets the new HU5, but regular 3 and 4 series do not.
Different underlying service pack for the electronics !
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Seems so odd that i4 gets the new HU5, but regular 3 and 4 series do not.
I4 got iDrive 8 1 year before M3 and 2 years before M4. So not surprised. EV buyers value tech, and competitors like Tesla are way ahead.
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Hello everybody.
Any upcoming x1 willing to check its HU at https://www.bmwautoparts.net/ ?!
Latest we checked showed both HU4 and HU6 installed in the vehicle which is pretty strange. Itís an EU X1 destined to the Italian market, production date 2023-09-13 and it is scheduled for arrive at dealership next week!

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Doesn't this unit mean that coding with Bimmercode and such won't be possible or am i reading this wrong?
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Doesn't this unit mean that coding with Bimmercode and such won't be possible or am i reading this wrong?
Correct, any ECU that uses secure coding will not be able to have it's configuration changed.

Only way to access other features will be to change the vehicle order, upload a new signing file to BMW AOS (assuming you pay for access), and have a new signed CAFD created.
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Hello everybody.
Any upcoming x1 willing to check its HU at https://www.bmwautoparts.net/ ?!
Latest we checked showed both HU4 and HU6 installed in the vehicle which is pretty strange. Itís an EU X1 destined to the Italian market, production date 2023-09-13 and it is scheduled for arrive at dealership next week!

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Mine X130e production date is 24 Sept, not yet delivered, but only HU4 showed there
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Thanks for this.

Iím not convinced with being totally reliant on receiving a network connection to find a critical unfamiliar destination. Networks have a habit of falling over with the most awkward timing - to be left without directions from all devices, including your car, isnít something I would like to chance.
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