BMW kicks off OTA upgrades for 2 million cars worldwide

By CARSIFU | 13 October 2021

MUNICH: BMW has announced its third over-the-air (OTA)upgrade this year – this time for around two million BMW vehicles worldwide.

By the end of 2021, the world’s largest upgrade-compatible fleet will be on the roads, with over 2.5 million connected BMW vehicles, from conventionally powered cars to plug-in hybrids to the fully-electric BMW.

BMW’s most extensive Remote Software Upgrade campaign to date began with the rollout of the latest version of BMW Operating System 7 (Ver. 21-07) on Monday.

The campaign kicked off in Germany, with other markets to follow in stages.

This comprehensive Remote Software Upgrade campaign will focus on expanding and improving driver assistance functions.

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New to this campaign is that My BMW app users can exclusively download this version during the first two weeks.

The upgrade will then be available to all customers as an automatic download directly through their vehicle.

The My BMW app connects customers to their vehicle via their smartphone, turning it into an intelligent interface.

In addition to allowing the new Remote Software Upgrade to be downloaded into the vehicle, the app also provides a convenient way to plan trips or set up a service appointment.

From November 2021, the My BMW app will offer functional enhancements in the field of electromobility and information on the vehicle status, among other features.

With the current upgrade, more than 30 models and 1.6 million vehicles worldwide will be able to update their software directly.

It will also be possible to roll out the current version (Ver. 21-07) to almost 400,000 more vehicles with an older software version.

The requirement is that these vehicles have a software version with upgrade capabilities (Ver. 20-07); this can easily be achieved by installing the previous version.