BMW rolls out technology enhancements to BMW customers with iDrive 7. These updates include the latest Remote Software Upgrade (version 21-07), an updated BMW News app with podcast-based news, and the addition of SiriusXM Pandora Artists’ stations.

BMW Remote Software Upgrades deliver improvements to key vehicle functions, bring the digital products into the vehicle over the air, and ensure the vehicle’s software is always up to date.

Functions and Functional Improvements

Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) from BMW Maps now also processes data from congestion on turning lanes and thus provides optimized routing as well as a more accurate prediction of the arrival time.

Advanced volume control for Android smartphones connected to the vehicle via Bluetooth provides an enhanced sound experience for streaming music or podcasts.

Features from Spotify and Pandora

Podcast playlists on Spotify are available in the vehicle through BMW Connected Music. Logging in via the Spotify app in the vehicle and BMW Connected Music automatically activates this feature.

BMWs equipped with SiriusXM with 360L offer Pandora stations, a new feature from SiriusXM that employs Pandora’s listener personalization technology and gives BMW owners the ability to customize their own ad-free music channels. 

Pandora stations can be created while a favorite artist is playing via the – Related button on the – Now Playing screen, or users may select – Search to find a specific artist’s Pandora station within SiriusXM.  Listeners can then give songs a thumbs up, thumbs down, or skip songs to customize the channel to play more of what they like. The newly-created Pandora station can then be saved to their SiriusXM presets or favorites for easy access. 

Pandora stations will be available in all MY2022 and later BMW models equipped with SiriusXM with 360L.  BMW owners and lessees receive a 12-month subscription to the SiriusXM Platinum Plan with the purchase or lease of any new SiriusXM-equipped BMW vehicle.

BMW News App

The BMW News app has been upgraded to meet the growing desire for news-on-demand and infotainment podcasts. The key new functions are personalized, intelligent filtering of news, significantly higher audio quality and the introduction of news feeds. Accessing news will now be as easy and entertaining as listening to the radio.

With personalized news, the customer can receive news on topics of interest to them by selecting categories. Personalized news and top news stories are now provided at higher audio quality for a convenient and pleasant listening experience. Instead of a text-to-speech program, the content is read aloud by speakers.

BMW Digital Key available on select Android Devices

The second generation of the BMW Digital Key will be available for select Android operating system-based smartphones, starting with Samsung Galaxy S21 Series and Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

With the BMW Digital Key, customers can easily unlock and lock their BMW simply by holding their smartphone next to the driver’s door handle and start the engine when the mobile device is placed in the BMW wireless charging tray. To ensure maximum ease of use and security, the BMW Digital Key is stored on the secure element of the smartphone. It can be easily configured via the My BMW app and is then available as an option for almost all new BMW models.