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I've done some experimental coding changes and identified a few interesting autonomous driving options that are available, but not active (yet), on our cars.

These are not production ready, but I thought they might be interesting to get a feel for where BMW are going with the autonomous driving strategy. The codes currently state a dependency on i-step 07/2020 so that could be indicative of a target release date?

The 'emergency lane during congestion' made me chuckle. I know its meant as a safety feature but it does appear that BMW really do want its drivers to own the road
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If I was not getting ready to start 3 back-to-back trips, one of which is a long, demanding international trip, I would leap into the code factory and try to understand the possibilities.

But are you also saying that even BMW might pass this on to 2019 if we have the right hardware?
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Did you test any of them, or just enable the features? Is yours a MY19? (I know it's different in Europe, but I'm referring to a MY19 US equivalent)
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Yes, as long as the hardware is supported, BMW can rollout these changes with the i-step upgrades. Potentially even OTA if that ever becomes a thing.

The cynic in me thinks they might hold certain features back for marketing purposes - 'buy a new model and get XYZ new features'. That's certainly been the traditional model, but with the intended adoption of OTA updates, maybe they will start enabling software configurable features.

Edit: Interesting article on the TL detection. It states that the X5 has the required hardware, and support might be rolled out OTA:
https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/25/...TnKQd8F87BuIQo

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Did you test any of them, or just enable the features? Is yours a MY19? (I know it's different in Europe, but I'm referring to a MY19 US equivalent)
No, I don't drive the car with features that haven't formally been released by BMW.

Sometimes I can't even get production released CarPlay to work right, never mind trusting the car to stop at a Red Light

Mine is a MY19, originally on 2019_03.35.

These are all really new features/codes. They haven't even been fully mapped in Launcher Pro, which was last updated with fdl mappings in 2018. If TM can update Launcher Pro to map against the latest i-step/psdzdata we'll get an even better picture of what goodies are around the corner.
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No, I don't drive the car with features that haven't formally been released by BMW.

Sometimes I can't even get production released CarPlay to work right, never mind trusting the car to stop at a Red Light

Mine is a MY19, originally on 2019_03.35.

These are all really new features/codes. They haven't even been fully mapped in Launcher Pro, which was last updated with fdl mappings in 2018. If TM can update Launcher Pro to map against the latest i-step/psdzdata we'll get an even better picture of what goodies are around the corner.
Yeah it might be a while for TM to update that stuff, I know he's really busy with normal life. Audi had a similar traffic light feature, it worked well in cities that supported the communication.
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I think this system will work on cameras so in theory should work in most scenarios and regions. Some more info here:
https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/25/...ic-light-demo/

i've given TM a nudge. Maybe if he gets a new BMW he will become incentivised to unlock some newer features
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The 'emergency lane during congestion' made me chuckle. I know its meant as a safety feature but it does appear that BMW really do want its drivers to own the road
To other readers that want a bit of trivia: It's German law to create a trough in traffic to allow emergency vehicles to pass through, but it's most likely too hard-coded into the settings to make it worth separating (such as the one-side parking lamps when you hit the turn signal with the engine off).

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Yes, as long as the hardware is supported, BMW can rollout these changes with the i-step upgrades. Potentially even OTA if that ever becomes a thing.

The cynic in me thinks they might hold certain features back for marketing purposes - 'buy a new model and get XYZ new features'. That's certainly been the traditional model, but with the intended adoption of OTA updates, maybe they will start enabling software configurable features.

Edit: Interesting article on the TL detection. It states that the X5 has the required hardware, and support might be rolled out OTA:
https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/25/...TnKQd8F87BuIQo
OTA is coming soon. Very, very soon.
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With all the software bugs and glitches in the iDrive system, I'm surprised anyone would trust using this system when it rolls out unless it has been EXTENSIVELY tested by BMW.
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This might be interface only though?
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I've done some experimental coding changes and identified a few interesting autonomous driving options that are available, but not active (yet), on our cars.

These are not production ready, but I thought they might be interesting to get a feel for where BMW are going with the autonomous driving strategy.

The 'emergency lane during congestion' made me chuckle. I know its meant as a safety feature but it does appear that BMW really do want its drivers to own the road
You are doing a great work, keep it up mate!!
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They should focus on getting the CURRENT features working properly, and collectively/concurrently - then bring NEW features out...
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I've done some experimental coding changes and identified a few interesting autonomous driving options that are available, but not active (yet), on our cars.

These are not production ready, but I thought they might be interesting to get a feel for where BMW are going with the autonomous driving strategy.

The 'emergency lane during congestion' made me chuckle. I know its meant as a safety feature but it does appear that BMW really do want its drivers to own the road
Just saw a couple of screens that you have posted in the German Language in the following video:

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This might be interface only though?
Some more pics. I haven't tested but the features are active.

The previous pics were interface only you are correct.
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