Navigation has become a convenient necessity. Whether you like to take local routes to avoid the freeway traffic or prefer to save gas and drive the shortest distance, BMW’s Professional Navigation System can provide you with flexible routing options.
There are eight navigation options represented by icons located on the left-hand side of the BMW standard navigation. Let’s talk about what each of these options does and how they can improve your driving experience.
This function allows you to quickly access the navigation’s “search address” function. You can find destinations by entering the house number, street, city, state, and zip code. You can also easily recall previously entered destinations for a quick start.
You can turn on or off BMW’s navigation voice as you prefer when you check or uncheck this option. Voice instructions can accurately guide drivers turn by turn. Some of the voice instructions include announcement before turning, entering or exiting a freeway, and before the driver is about to reach the destination.
Let’s imagine this driving situation. You need to get home on a day with bad weather. You want to find the shortest route possible while avoiding the freeways because of traffic and accidents. BMW navigation’s Route Preferences option provides alternative route options. It can guide you to avoid traffic or adverse road conditions and recommend new route options.
The BMW Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI) provides free traffic updates to users of the US region. It is extremely useful in keeping drivers updated on traffic status and helps you arrive at the destination safely and efficiently.
The first option within the clock icon provides users with the following route preferences:
Once the route preference is selected, the user can choose the type of roads or areas to avoid:
Additional options are available for alternative or preferred routes:
The second option within the Clock Icon provides users the following route information and options:
This option can also be brought up via shortcut when users press the navigation button next to the iDrive controller. Points of Interest selection allow you to search popular destinations such as coffee shops or gas stations without inputting the full address.
Stuck in traffic sucks. Luckily, BMW provides users in the US region with free traffic information and keeps you informed of the latest road conditions. In addition, the handy detour function can route you to avoid traffic and accidents so you can reach the destination in a safe and timely manner.
The following four icons displayed at the bottom of the navigation screen provide you with alternative views to the map.
The Target Icon allows drivers to use the interactive map to select destinations. This is a quick and easy way to select a nearby destination without having to enter the address. You can pick any location on the map as the destination by moving the location pointer to the desired spot.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to select a destination on the navigation with the location pointer.
The Directional Icon provides alternative map and route views regarding direction, map perspective, and route views. When you have an address mapped in the navigation, directional and route view options are available to help optimize your driving experience.
The Information Icon allows drivers to add customizations concerning how the navigation is being viewed. For example, you can change the map to a 3D view and get a better sense of the area you are traveling to.