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      01-14-2016, 08:23 AM   #1
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BMW 6 Series Gets New Technology for Spring 2016

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BMW has announced some technology updates for the BMW 6 Series for this upcoming Spring. This is a global press release.

BMW 6 Series model range: telephony with wireless charging and wi-fi hotspot are standard, new menu display for the BMW iDrive operating system.

Attractive additions to the list of standard equipment will shine an even brighter spotlight on the exclusive character of the BMW 6 Series from spring 2016. All model variants of the BMW 6
Series Coupe, BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe come as standard with the ConnectedDrive navigation package. The smartphone integration facility already included in this package will be joined by the telephony with wireless charging function making its debut in the new BMW 7 Series. This innovative function makes in-car mobile phone usage that much easier. Smartphones allowing inductive charging can be topped up with power (using contactless technology) while on the move in the special mobile phone compartment in the centre console. Furthermore, the wi-fi hotspot provides an internet connection for mobile devices.

Another new feature benefits the iDrive operating system which, in BMW 6 Series models, includes a 10.2-inch Control Display and the Touch Controller with touch-sensitive surface. The main menu and the functions of the navigation, entertainment and communications systems, among others, will adopt the visual appearance presented for the first time in the new BMW 7 Series. Lists will be replaced by tile symbols arranged side-by-side to guide users to the desired functions.

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It's quite annoying that they didn't do these upgrades when the LCI came out a few months ago...

I am curious to see if the new Idrive will be a hardware upgrade or not.
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Audi's virtual cockpit is the best car tech/infotainment says nowadays other than tesla
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Audi's virtual cockpit is the best car tech/infotainment says nowadays other than tesla
To each his own but you just named 2 I really don't like using (while driving) Yep I'm an Idrive adept!
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To each his own but you just named 2 I really don't like using (while driving) Yep I'm an Idrive adept!
I drove a TT with the virtual cockpit and it was incredibly distracting. All i need is iDrive and a Head up display!
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I was told by BMW center in NYC that BMW's WiFi hot spot is provided and locked by AT&T and is NOT unlimited data.

Can anyone confirm and/or clarify this?
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I was told by BMW center in NYC that BMW's WiFi hot spot is provided and locked by AT&T and is NOT unlimited data.

Can anyone confirm and/or clarify this?
I wonder what the cap is and how much it will be if you go over?!?!
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Audi's virtual cockpit is the best car tech/infotainment says nowadays other than tesla
To each his own but you just named 2 I really don't like using (while driving) Yep I'm an Idrive adept!
Alright....
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New I-Drive Menu

Hello,
I'm curious whether the new menu will be retrofitted .

Perhaps only with a software update ?

Did someone perhaps this already more information ?
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I was told by BMW center in NYC that BMW's WiFi hot spot is provided and locked by AT&T and is NOT unlimited data.

Can anyone confirm and/or clarify this?
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I wonder what the cap is and how much it will be if you go over?!?!
WiFi Hotspot does use AT&T's network, just like BMW Online and other web-related connections. You get a 3mo/3GB trial period, whichever you hit first. From there, you're looking at AT&T's regular data rates. You can add it to a family plan, get a dedicated plan for it, whatever you want. From there it's just the same as a phone or iPad.
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Here I am sitting in the corner waiting for the internet to load anything without crashing, and the Connected Office to work with iOS. Guess that ship has sailed?
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To each his own but you just named 2 I really don't like using (while driving) Yep I'm an Idrive adept!
I drove a TT with the virtual cockpit and it was incredibly distracting. All i need is iDrive and a Head up display!
Agreed-you either like iDrive and get it, or don't. I can't do without it and the HUD either!
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I wonder what the cap is and how much it will be if you go over?!?!
from what ive heard you get 3 months free and then have to pay a data plan after that. not 100% sure though.
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BMW has announced some technology updates for the BMW 6 Series for this upcoming Spring. This is a global press release.

BMW 6 Series model range: telephony with wireless charging and wi-fi hotspot are standard, new menu display for the BMW iDrive operating system.

Attractive additions to the list of standard equipment will shine an even brighter spotlight on the exclusive character of the BMW 6 Series from spring 2016. All model variants of the BMW 6
Series Coupe, BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe come as standard with the ConnectedDrive navigation package. The smartphone integration facility already included in this package will be joined by the telephony with wireless charging function making its debut in the new BMW 7 Series. This innovative function makes in-car mobile phone usage that much easier. Smartphones allowing inductive charging can be topped up with power (using contactless technology) while on the move in the special mobile phone compartment in the centre console. Furthermore, the wi-fi hotspot provides an internet connection for mobile devices.

Another new feature benefits the iDrive operating system which, in BMW 6 Series models, includes a 10.2-inch Control Display and the Touch Controller with touch-sensitive surface. The main menu and the functions of the navigation, entertainment and communications systems, among others, will adopt the visual appearance presented for the first time in the new BMW 7 Series. Lists will be replaced by tile symbols arranged side-by-side to guide users to the desired functions.
BMW has announced to the dealers that all of the connected drive,teleservice,assist systems will go dead at the end of the year. There apparently is a problem with the CDMA components in the vehicles that will cease to work starting Jan 1 of 2017
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Hey guys,

I have BMW 6 series LCI 03.2015. Would it be possible to update my iDrive system with those new features?
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New I-Idrive Menu

We don't know that now. Still wait until March 2016.
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To each his own but you just named 2 I really don't like using (while driving) Yep I'm an Idrive adept!
I drove a TT with the virtual cockpit and it was incredibly distracting. All i need is iDrive and a Head up display!
iDrive all the way. And I'm still with the CCC iDrive in my 2007.

Remember BMW invented (or first released) this technology in the 7er around 2001 or so. I remember Car and Driver bitching about it and every new BMW that had it. I stopped reading that rag years ago. Now Mercedes, Audi and many others have some system that resembles iDrive but not as intuitive (IMHO)
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As a software engineer, this is a welcome option but highly unnecessary considering how smartphones continue to exponentially improve in technology
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It's quite annoying that they didn't do these upgrades when the LCI came out a few months ago...
I think the LCI came out in March of 2015 And we can't have the new cool stuff in the 6 before the new 7!

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BMW has announced to the dealers that all of the connected drive,teleservice,assist systems will go dead at the end of the year. There apparently is a problem with the CDMA components in the vehicles that will cease to work starting Jan 1 of 2017
BMWs prior to model year 2014 I believe (with the exception of the 2014 X6) will not be able to use the SOS button & services.
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Any news?
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Why anyone would want a separate data plan is beyond me. I have a hotspot in my Jeep Grand Cherokee and it goes unused. I'm already paying for data plans on my phones and not only could I use one of them as a hotspot, but I can continue using them if I leave my vehicle.

Still, I'm looking forward to the new 6-series. The current one is excellent as long as you can deal with its girth. The new one should go on a diet to make up for the fact that I have not.
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