MattyGigawatts
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How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:32 pm

I recently updated my nav maps to 2018-1. I needed to watch multiple videos to gather all the needed information before doing this myself, so I thought I would put together my own, up to date video, summarizing the procedure from download to install and here it is. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/nbvWJk_InCI

Manualrain
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Re: How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:29 am

Thank you so much... A beautiful share... I will update mine later

sipabit
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Re: How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:38 pm

What's different about the 2018 version vs the 2015? Is it just road updates on the map in case there were construction changes or is there something different about the actual interface of the navigation?
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alohart
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Re: How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:50 pm

sipabit wrote:What's different about the 2018 version vs the 2015? Is it just road updates on the map in case there were construction changes or is there something different about the actual interface of the navigation?
I updated our 2014 map version to 2018-1 hoping improvements in the navigation route which can be unbelievably terrible (e.g., the main international airport exit from the westbound freeway is ignored when routing to the airport!), but for the routes that I use, I've experienced no improvement.

The update must show new roads, etc., but I rarely found map errors in the 2014 version. The navigation interface is unchanged.

For me, the cost of the 2018-1 update was a waste of money. Of course, this is almost certainly location-dependent, so an update could be worth the cost for those in other locations.
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Re: How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:05 pm

There's more in the update than roads...there's speed limits, businesses, phone numbers, charging stations, potentially improved terrain data (the car uses elevation changes, speed limits, distances, etc. to pick between shortest, fastest, and most efficient routes) and probably other things as well. Throw in potentially reassigned one-way streets, etc., and the updates could be quite useful. It depends on where you travel and how much actually has changed in the area where you are interested in having up to date data.

As said, though, this is only a data update. While the dealer might occasionally have a functional update to the nav processor's software, that is a totally separate thing from the data files that allow it to function. FWIW, I've not heard of a nav program update, but there may have been one along the way since original i3 release. Data updates, OTOH, occur at about every 6-months. Whether it's worthwhile to you to do, can't say.
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Shrink13
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Re: How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:02 pm

I need clarification please. When I called BMW and asked them about my 2018 i3, they told me that the map update for the Navigation system is done over the air. Does this make any sense?

Thank you.

alohart
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Re: How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:16 pm

Shrink13 wrote:When I called BMW and asked them about my 2018 i3, they told me that the map update for the Navigation system is done over the air. Does this make any sense?
Whether this is true or not, it makes sense because pre-2018 i3's have 3G cellular data hardware whereas I believe 2018 i3's have 4G. Over-the-air updating of ~30 GB of map data over a 3G cellular data connection would be impractical whereas it's reasonable over a strong 4G connection (i.e., not while one's i3 is parked in the lower level of a multistory concrete parking garage with a weak data connection).
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jadnashuanh
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Re: How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:56 pm

Over a year ago, BMW announced that eventually, all new cars would be updating map data OTA. There is an easy way to tell what version you're currently running...with the nav screen up, press the options button, and I think the entry is near the bottom of the list. It may now be the case on the i3...don't know.
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Shrink13
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Re: How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:50 pm

Thanks for the replies. I still have 12-4 version of the maps and I was wondering if anyone can confirm that they have actually received an over the air update in their i3?

Thanks again.

Shrink13
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Re: How To: Update your BMW navigation maps to 2018-1.

Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:51 pm

Sorry for the typo. That should be 2017-4.

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