Why and how should your BMW’s navigation maps be updated in 2022?

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Why
update your navigation maps for 2022?
Part of the reason is the fact that roads are always changing. New roads
are being built, old roads are being closed or rerouted, two-way streets are
being turned into one-way streets. In some areas, up to 40% of the road
network can change from one year to the next.

The last thing you want your BMW GPS map to do is send you down a street
that hasn’t existed for five years, or let you spend an hour weaving through
an unfamiliar town when there’s a shiny new bypass that could cut your
journey time in half. Thousands of miles of new roads are added as part of
the BMW iDrive map update every year, so updating your maps means your
navigation system is going to work a lot better.

But BMW is also working hard to improve its map data. Earlier versions of
the BMW navigation system map update can include mistakes (even Google Maps
has a few streets that exist in principle, but in reality are just empty
fields), and each subsequent map version is going to iron out more of these
issues.

What’s more, a huge number of points of interest are added to the BMW road
map each year, including restaurants, gas stations and attractions. If you’re
in an unfamiliar area and want to stop off for a bite to eat, having the
latest maps on your iDrive will make it easier to use the interactive map to
find out what options you have around you.

HOW OFTEN ARE BMW MAP UPDATES RELEASED?
BMW usually releases up to 3 new versions per year and recommends
performing a BMW map update every six months, or annually at the very
least.

The frequency of new releases strongly depends on the head unit as well as
the country. For example, newer iDrives like NBT Evo ID5/ID6 can get two or
three updates annually, while ENTRYNAV can wait for a new BMW navigation
update for up to a year. In some regions new map updates are not even
released every year so even the newer navigation systems may have to wait.

You can easily check the latest update for your BMW on our website – type
in your VIN on the BMW map update page and you will get a list of regions
available for your iDrive with years and numbers that stand for the quarter
the update was released in.

How to check your BMW map version? Go to your iDrive navigation view, open
the settings menu and scroll down to Navigation system version. You will see
the region, map version and year of your current map. If it’s more than a
year old, it’s time to update.

At Autosvs you can purchase a one-time update or go for extended coverage
with 2-3 subsequent updates. In case of the latter option, you can request a
new map once a year or every three/six months if it’s available from BMW
itself  (in some regions BMW releases
the update just once a year). Due to this flexibility, BMW map updates are
NOT sent automatically. You will need to contact us with your VIN and order
number, and we will take care of it.

BMW MAPS WITH SPEED LIMIT INFORMATION
One more reason to keep your maps up-to-date is to get the latest speed
limit information, which can be displayed on your instrument cluster or HUD
(if your vehicle is equipped with it). You may think that BMW maps with speed
cameras are available only in newer and premium BMW models.

However, if your BMW is not equipped with special cameras but does have a
navigation system, you might be able to install a Speed Limit Info Retrofit
from Autosvs. It takes an hour to fit, and also requires a remote BMW coding
session done by a Autosvs technician. The upgrade removes the need for
expensive cameras as it uses the updated map info to show the maximum permissible
speed on each stretch of road. As the information comes entirely from the nav
data, this product is only supported in areas where BMW’s maps include speed
limit information. Type in your VIN on the Speed Limit Information Retrofit
page to check whether your car is compatible with it.

WHAT IS THE BMW INTERACTIVE MAP?
Points of interest make it easy to navigate using the BMW interactive map.
Instead of entering the exact address of your destination, the interactive
map lets you point to an area and quickly find nearby points of interest.
It’s ideal if you don’t remember quite where that restaurant is, or want to
find somewhere to stop off in an area you don’t know well.

With the navigation screen open, use the crosshairs icon on the menu to
enter interactive mode. Then use the iDrive controller to move the on-screen
target to the desired area. Pressing the iDrive controller will give you the
option of seeing a list of nearby points of interest, and setting any of them
as your destination. With so many new points of interest being added with
each map version, updating to the latest available BMW GPS map update is
going to make it more likely you’ll find the places you’re looking for.

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR BMW MAPS?
Older iDrive versions stored map data on a DVD that could be switched out
for an update. The latest BMWs, however, store the map data on an internal
hard drive, which can be updated either by performing a BMW map update
download and manually saving the data to the iDrive or (in some vehicles)
automatically updated over-the-air by BMW.

In vehicles that require manually updating your navigation’s map data, the
process is simple and no BMW coding software or programming is required. The
map data is loaded to a USB stick which can be plugged in to the USB port in
your BMW’s glove compartment (in older vehicles with the CIC iDrive system)
or arm rest (in newer vehicles). The system will automatically detect that
there is a new map available to install on the iDrive. You’ll be prompted to
enter a BMW-issued FSC activation code with your iDrive controller to begin
installation. Everything is done through the USB port, meaning you won’t need
to use any BMW iDrive coding software.

When the process is finished, you’ll be good to go. How long does the BMW
map update take to upload? Again, It depends on your head unit and the last
time you did a BMW navigation update download. The older your map version is,
the longer it will take.

Autosvs offers navigation map updates for BMWs with the ENAVEVO, CIC, NBT,
NBT Evo, and other head units. Available for North America, Europe, Australia
/ New Zealand and other regions, for vehicles running the Premium, Motion,
Next, Move or other navigation versions.

HOW TO FIND BMW MAP VERSION?
If you aren’t sure what map version you need for your car, checking is
easy:

Go to your iDrive map view.
BMW iDrive map view
Push ‘Option’ button on your iDrive controller.
Go to ‘Navigation settings’ on your iDrive screen.
 BMW navigation settings
Choose ‘Position and version’.
BMW navigation position and version
Enter ‘Version information’.
Navigation Version information
You will see the map region, version and year.
BMW map region
You’ll always need to order a map update of the same version, so Premium
maps need Premium updates, Way maps need Way updates etc. In general, you’ll
also want to choose the same region as before, to keep the same coverage in
your country.

Note that if you would like to travel to another region and still plan your
routes through the iDrive, you can just order a new map update* (for Europe,
North America, Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia, South America, Australia,
New Zealand). In regions like East Asia (Japan, China, Hong Kong, etc. ),
however, the procedure is much more difficult and costly.
*NBT Evo head units require an additional conversion file together with the
map update.

HOW TO CHANGE BMW MAP REGIONS
Let’s say you bought a BMW from another country and your maps were
programmed for the region they were sold in. What can you do to make them
suitable for the place you live in? We can do some reprogramming to change
your map region remotely. Depending on your car’s original region and the
country you’ve brought it to, the procedures will differ, so it’s always good
to check beforehand what map region your BMW currently has. You can look it
up on your iDrive in °ÆNavigation system version’.

Map region change in MGU, EntryNavEvo and NBT Evo
In the case of the latest head units, such as MGU, EntryNavEvo and NBT Evo,
the process looks pretty straightforward °™ we send you a USB drive with a
conversion file and maps that you have to upload to your head unit. The
conversion file is a special code that makes the car accept the maps from
another region. In fact the conversion map code is a one-time map update code
too, so after uploading it to your iDrive, you’re all set and ready to go
with the newest maps. Keep in mind, though, that for some regions BMW might
not allow you to do a map conversion, so contact us if you’re unsure.

Map region change in NBT or CIC
Moving to older head units such as NBT or CIC °™ for some countries the
region change might be as simple as buying a map update, but for others it’s
a bit more complicated. It may well be that the region change will require
replacing your head unit’s hard disk and perhaps some additional coding.
Contact our support team to know which process will be necessary for your
BMW.

Want to have your map region changed? Go to our map update website, enter
your VIN and check the service in the °∞Options°± section, along with the
price.

BUSINESS VS PROFESSIONAL NAVIGATION
While picking a vehicle for yourself, you can choose between different BMW
sat nav versions: the somewhat more spartan Business navigation, and the more
extensive Professional navigation. In addition to superior hardware and
greater multimedia capabilities, BMW’s Professional navigation option gives
better route-planning and navigation features.

The most noticeable difference is the map interface itself. Professional
navigation has always included a 3D map option, which can make finding your
bearings when driving easier. Business navigation only offers a simpler,
bird’s-eye view look, which some find less intuitive. Professional navigation
is also generally more reliable in areas of patchy GPS coverage, as it
supplements the positional readings from the GPS signal with internal
measurements of your car’s movement.

Both systems, however, rely on similar underlying map data, meaning we are
able to update your road maps whichever system you have in your
vehicle.

ARE BMW MAP UPDATES FREE?
It is possible to find free maps on the Internet, but the moment you try to
upload a BMW map update via USB, the system will ask for an FSC code, and
without typing it in, you won’t be updating your maps. That’s why it’s always
better to acquire updates from trustworthy sources with original BMW codes
and technical support that can answer all your questions.

All Autosvs map updates include a USB stick preloaded with the latest BMW
map data for your vehicle and region, and a BMW navigation map certificate
release code to use during installation. For more information, contact us to
confirm what we can offer for your BMW.

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