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7 Series - F01/F02 (2008 - ...) - Hard Disc Memory

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Hard disc memory for audio files and the navigation system.
To make the audio and navigation systems particularly con-venient and easy to use, the new BMW 7 Series comes as standard with a hard disc memory. With its capacity of 40 GB, this memory provides exceptionally fast access to digital maps for the purpose of convenient navigation and may also be used for a large collection of music files.
The system gives the user the option to transfer music files from a CD, an MP3 player or a USB stick to the hard disc, thus keeping these music titles at the driver’s disposal while on the road even if the CD, for example, is no longer in the car. This obviously offers a new level of versatility in enjoying the audio programmes on board the car. Using iDrive, the driver or passen-ger may access either his personal collection of music, a CD he has brought along, another external player, or the radio programme.
The memory capacity available for music files is roughly the same as that of 100 music CDs. The individual titles are saved in the car’s database, together with information on the artist and the title, and may easily be retrieved by alphabetical lists in the iDrive menu of the audio system.
And should such information on the titles and artists of a CD not yet be covered by the car’s database, such data may be down-loaded into the car free of charge by BMW ConnectedDrive using the mobile communication card installed in the vehicle. The audio system in the new BMW 7 Series comes as standard with a DVD player, an AUX-In and a USB port. A six-DVD chan-ger, a TV module and a receiver for Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) are also available.
The use of two DAB tuners in the car as an absolutely unique technology the world over guarantees a consistent level of quality in the reception of signals and also allows the user to receive both the audio programme and traffic information transmitted digitally by the same station at the same time.
And as soon as the car leaves the digital reception area of a given DAB station, the system automatically switches over to the reception of analogue FM signals from the same station.
Multi-channel audio formats ensure additional audio quality with the optional Professional Hifisystem, providing a fascina-ting multi-dimensional sound effect with ideal clarity and in top quality. The new BMW 7 Series is also available as an option with the BMW Individual High End audio system, 16 high-per-formance loudspeakers with Neodym magnetic drive and extremely stiff Hexacone membranes, a digital nine-channel amplifier with maximum output of 825 W, and ultra-precise frequency switches guaranteeing unparalleled quality of sound.
Another feature quite unique in the automobile is Dirac Live technology processing sound signals and correcting the impulse response from the loudspeaker for linear and time-phased replay within the interior of the car. The entertainment systems available on the rear seats of the new BMW 7 Series likewise set new standards in comfortable and entertaining travelling. These include two screens integrated in the front seat back-rests, two headsets and two AUX-In plugs for a DVD player. In addition, all audio and video sources in the car may be used from the rear seats.
Enjoying the Rear Seat Entertainment Mid System, the occupants are able to operate the entertainment programme by remote control, presenting the programmes fed in via the respective AUX-In port on either of the two 8-inch monitors.
The Rear Seat Entertainment High System, in turn, features 9.2-inch monitors and a Controller on the centre console at the rear offering the same functions as the Controller on the centre console at the front and enabling users to operate both the navigation system and telephone functions. This allows them, for example, to surf the net while travelling without the sites selected being presented on the front Display.


Navigation of the highest standard.
The fundamentally optimised navigation system with excellent display resolution, ultra-modern 3D map images and numerous useful innovations is one of the highlights within the new BMW 7 Series. The system is truly fascinating not only through the new style and presentation of images, but also and above all through its highly efficient operation. Graphic presentation of the Controller on the screen, for example, facili-tates the selection of functions and settings. Routes are presented on a split-screen on the left, while the appropriate preview map is shown on the right for quick orientation, presenting not only towns and streets, but also traffic information relevant to the route selected. Another unique feature is full-screen presentation on the extra-large Control Display clearly illustrating even small details at very first sight. And as an option an assistance window offers further views and perspectives independently of the main map.
The special map perspective provided in the Highlight Traffic Conditions menu offers additional comfort not only in city traffic , with current congestion reports presented as road sections marked red. On the motorway this system gives the driver full orientation at all times, even when he is required to change his route on account of traffic congestion.
The new High Guiding function with integrated traffic lane recommendations likewise enhances the efficiency and ease of control offered by the new navigation system in the new BMW 7 Series. High Guiding transfers specific views and perspectives such as turning rules at a complex road junction from the screen directly to the instrument cluster and, as an option, to the Head-Up Display. 3D map displays with high reso-lution make the new navigation system in the BMW 7 Series a unique and extremely pleasant experience.
Realistic presentation of elevation maps when driving through mountain and hilly areas, for example, makes route recommen-dations even clearer and more helpful. On smaller map scales down to 25 metres, the integrated, three-dimensional presenta-tion of surrounding buildings provides additional orientation particularly in large towns and cities.
Presentation of outstanding buildings or landmarks on country roads provides further orientation, and the 3D presentation of particular sights or points of interest by the new navigation system makes it easier for the user to determine whether he will soon be reaching a point where he would like to stop.
The Travel Planner with its Guided Tours function likewise offers optimum travel comfort, combining various destinations to form a personalised route with the desired stopping points called up automatically along the way. Supported by this virtual travel guide, the system is furthermore able on request to choosethe most beautiful routes of particular interest. And should the driver wish to enjoy another favourite route, he is able to choose stopover points of his own preference.
The user wishing to plan his route at home or elsewhere on his PC is able to put together individual routes with any desired number of stopovers via the new internet option, using BMW ConnectedDrive and the Route Planner, and to download the route chosen by a USB stick or mobile transmission into the car’s navigation system.

World debut for full-scale use of the internet in the car.
BMW is the world’s first car maker to allow unrestricted use of the internet in the car by means of BMW ConnectedDrive.
Access to the internet in the new BMW 7 Series is available as an option at particularly attractive flat rate terms.
As was already the case with the BMW Online internet service, BMW is therefore once again taking on a leading role in offering online services in the car.
Data transmission is based on the EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) technology available on a broad scale (as opposed to third-generation UMTS technology) and oper-ating at three to four times the speed of the GPRS mobile transmission standard. BMW’s iDrive system enhanced to an even higher level of perfection serves as the basis for using the internet in the car, the Controller taking on the function of a conventional computer mouse. Pushing the Controller in various directions, the user is able to move the internet site shown in the Control Display in the desired direction. Pressing the Controller activates the same function as clicking the mouse on a PC and serves to select links or menu items. Turning the Controller, finally, serves to scroll up or down to the internet site required.
Internet sites may be presented in high resolution on the Display.
An additional function enables the user to enlarge the screen presentation by a factor of 1.5 or 2, and for reasons of safety internet sites may be shown on the Display only when the car is at a standstill.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 14:36  

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