BMW Australia has introduced downloadable features starting with High-Beam Assistant and a Drive Recorder.
The updates are available for purchase and download via the BMW ConnectedDrive Store and can be fully functional within minutes.
Only owners of cars equipped with BMW’s latest Operating System 7.0 are eligible to purchase additional features as they become available.
The High-Beam Assistant uses a light-seeking camera located in the rearview mirror housing to monitor the road for up to 700 metres ahead to automatically control the car’s high beams. The upgrade can be purchased for $259 and is compatible with the new 1 Series hatch and 2 Series Gran Coupe models.
Adding the Drive Recorder (BMW’s terminology for dashcam) enables the vehicle’s surround-view camera system to capture video recordings of the immediate surrounds of the vehicle for up to 40 seconds.
Recordings can be created on demand or automatically in the event of a collision. The recorded videos can then be exported onto a USB drive and indicate the date, time, speed and GPS coordinates.
The Drive Recorder will be available for the 3 Series Sedan and Touring, 7 Series, 8 Series Convertible, Coupe and Gran Coupe (since July 2019), and the X5, X6 and X7 (since August 2019). Vehicles must also have Parking Assistant Plus, which is standard on all the model variants except the 320i.
Vehicles built prior to July 2019 will also be able to download a remote software upgrade.
Owners can purchase a monthly subscription to activate the dashcam for $19, 12 months for $79, or 36 months for $189. Alternatively, it can be purchased permanently for $429.
BMW says it will add further upgrades to the ConnectedDrive store for a wide range of models in the future.
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