RostHaus
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Updating Maps

Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:45 pm

Could someone point me in the right directions of where to get the most recent maps 2019 and maybe a walk through on updating it?

I've got a few USB sticks available for this.


I currently have:
111144.3.112
Road Map NORTH AMERICA Next
2016-1
NBT_O16255A
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2016 i3 Rex

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jadnashuanh
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Location: Nashua, NH USA

Re: Updating Maps

Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:08 pm

Newer vehicles seem to have an unlimited key to allow updates. Yours may require an FSC code for the vehicle to accept new maps.

The procedure is pretty simple. DOwnload the maps (several sources, some free, some charge), copy in the right format to your USB drive, turn the car on, insert the USB into the port in the center console, and wait a bit. If the files are properly arranged and the USB stick is properly formatted so the car can recognize it, you'll get a message on the screen. If you don't need a new FSC code, it will ask you if you want to install the maps, say yes, and wait. You can drive the car if you want. When it's done, it will ask you if it's okay to swap the old maps out.

If you need an FSC code, it will tell you to enter one when it recognizes the USB stick, you manually enter that, and then the process is the same.

There are ways to generate an FSC code if you're computer savy and have the right tools. It's easier for most to buy one. They come in either annual or lifetime codes, and the price isn't all that much different. Do a search, and you can find sources. Prices vary from around $15-50 or so.

I expect the 2019-2 version will be out soon, if it isn't already. They tend to change them 2x per year. The update process takes 30-45 minutes or so, somewhat dependent on the speed of your USB drive.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

RostHaus
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Re: Updating Maps

Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:22 pm

Thanks.

While searching today i did find this site : https://bimmervideos.cloud/bmw-navigati ... -road-map/

which seems to have all the new maps available for download and FSC code generator.

Do you know what the difference is between the route and next maps? I've seen some i3 owners mention the Route maps.
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alohart
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Re: Updating Maps

Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:34 pm

RostHaus wrote:Do you know what the difference is between the route and next maps? I've seen some i3 owners mention the Route maps.
i3's like ours with the Tech Package (larger nav screen) use Next maps. I know that i3's without the Tech Package (smaller nav screen) don't use Next maps. However, I don't know whether these i3's use Route maps.
Aloha,
Art

2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE

RostHaus
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Re: Updating Maps

Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:52 pm

ah thanks
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RostHaus
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Re: Updating Maps

Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:08 pm

I ended up paying for the maps, because I need have a cable to use the FSC generator. Very simple process and I complete recommend going to the cheapest vendor, because they are all selling the same thing. Particularly the ones that send you a download link. You are essentially just paying for the FSC code, which I didn't even need.

In future I'll just download the maps and if I need a new FSC code, you can buy those on eBay for $10.

If anyone needs a DL link, I've got a few sources for the Road Map North America NEXT 2019-1.
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i3Houston
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Re: Updating Maps

Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:13 pm

I paid about $50 for lifetime FSC Code + 2019-01 Maps, but the car never asked for FSC code at all.
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n1o2c3a4c5h6e7t
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Re: Updating Maps

Wed May 01, 2019 2:13 pm

I pay for an annual subscription from Bimmer America that includes 4 usb sticks that are shipped to me, once each quarter. I'd say it's worth it, though the maps information is still worse than Google Maps.

alohart
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Re: Updating Maps

Wed May 01, 2019 3:26 pm

n1o2c3a4c5h6e7t wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 2:13 pm
I pay for an annual subscription from Bimmer America that includes 4 usb sticks that are shipped to me, once each quarter. I'd say it's worth it, though the maps information is still worse than Google Maps.
Since 2014, the maps on our i3 have been updated only twice per year if I recall correctly. So half of the USB sticks received each quarter would contain the same map data as the stick received the previous quarter. This doesn't seem very cost-effective to me unless the subscription cost is very reasonable.
Aloha,
Art

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n1o2c3a4c5h6e7t
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Re: Updating Maps

Thu May 02, 2019 2:49 am

alohart wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 3:26 pm
n1o2c3a4c5h6e7t wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 2:13 pm
I pay for an annual subscription from Bimmer America that includes 4 usb sticks that are shipped to me, once each quarter. I'd say it's worth it, though the maps information is still worse than Google Maps.
Since 2014, the maps on our i3 have been updated only twice per year if I recall correctly. So half of the USB sticks received each quarter would contain the same map data as the stick received the previous quarter. This doesn't seem very cost-effective to me unless the subscription cost is very reasonable.
The two allegedly worthless quarterly updates still take a few hours to install, so maybe it is uninstalling and reinstalling the same data. Do you have more information regarding that?

The retail cost is $80 for one update and $150 for the annual subscription. I find that unobjectionable.

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