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      03-28-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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Cool BMW 7 Series Owners Manual - Animated Explanations

BMW 7 Series Owners Manual - Animated Explanations

By Horatiu B. as 3-Series
03-38-09


During the BMW 750Li test drive that I have done yesterday(the review will be up tomorrow), I decided to explore in more depth the new Navigation System and all of its features. The new 2009 BMW 7 Series models are coming equipped with an electronic format of their owner’s manual.

This is the first BMW model that will get the electronic format of the troubleshooting and instructions manual, but even more, it will include short videos demonstrating and explaining the features.

Even though I wasn’t equipped with high-end camera, I decided to take the time and go through all the animated explanations, hoping to learn more about the advanced features in the 750Li.

The manual is far more extensive than the features detailed in this video and there are at least few hundred keywords that one can search for, pretty much, anything you want to know about the new 7, it’s in this electronic manual.

Going back to the animated explanation, BMW felt that the following features are very important and hence the need of short video summaries: DSC Dynamic Stability Control, High-Beam Assistant, PDC Park Distance Control, FTM Flat Tire Monitor, Backup Camera, Side View, Speed Limit Detection, Lane Departure Warning.

The video is about 8 minutes long, but it’s very informative. Since I was using a small Flip HD camera with a built-in microphone, there is a bit of background noise, so please turn up that volume. I also posted two versions of the video since Vimeo offers a higher-quality image.
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      03-28-2009, 07:51 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing!
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      03-28-2009, 10:47 PM   #3
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thanks for posting
I didnt get to play with Idrive too much, and this helps
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Great stuff. Thanks for the post!
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wow a lot of cool features, but i think that high beam assistant still might be dangerous, depending on how far the camera can detect the oncoming vehicle. if its 2-3 car length then it can be dangerous but if it detects farther than that the goal was achieved by bmw imo.
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wow a lot of cool features, but i think that high beam assistant still might be dangerous, depending on how far the camera can detect the oncoming vehicle. if its 2-3 car length then it can be dangerous but if it detects farther than that the goal was achieved by bmw imo.
I agree with you, but at the same time, I highly doubt that BMW would release something that would be hazardous to other drivers on the road.
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Speed limit detection... another strange electronic gadget to leave off the option list.
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Speed limit detection... another strange electronic gadget to leave off the option list.
They (BMW) developed this feature for the German market. Early reports stated that BMW would NOT make this feature available for the North American market due to the wide range of different speed signs used in this market. If you look closely, you will recognize that the speed limit sign as indicated by the video clip, is a round sign with a red border. This is a German speed sign and NOT a North American type of speed sign. I don't think that this feature has been enabled in the North American market models.

The interesting part here is that this is all just software since the hardware is already in the car (that is if you have the lane departure warning option). So this may be upgradable in future software versions if BMW decides to make this option available here.

The system tries to recognize the speed limit posted via a camera in the front of the center rear view mirror and compares it to data stored in the navigation system. If the two match up, it will show you the posted speed limit in the dashboard and will let you know if you are going faster than the posted speed limit.
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      03-30-2009, 07:29 AM   #10
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2yrs ago i said that the s550 was the most technologically advanced luxury car to date, BMW has certainly made a more of an answer. Again maintaining more of a sportier look over Mercedes...

Anyway, thanks for the post dude. This idrive seems more awesome than ever... i'd love to have this feature over any other.

I also think that the speed limit feature is very important and helpful no matter what kind of driver you are. It's a great idea to have your car keep you in the "know" ie. RTTI, Speed limit, weather, etc...
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