3 Generations of BMW Navigation Evolution Explained

The BMW’s Navigation System Professional has been through many rounds of trials over the years. Starting from 2003 with the 3 most recent updates, we have the Professional Navigation CCC (Car Communication Computer), CIC (Car Information Computer), and CIC – HIGH. 

1. Navigation System Professional CCC (Car Communication Computer)

Debuted in 2003, the CCC was first introduced to the E60 and E61 5 series with 8.8 inch wide display screen. The first real time operating system was installed made by Wind Rivers VxWorks. This model allowed DVD map updates which were produced by Navteq. 

Between 2007 and 2008, this model received several updates including better direct access to frequent functions and the removal of the haptic feedback from the iDrive controller. The haptic feedback recreates a sense of touch by apply forces, vibrations, or motions back to the user.

2. Navigation System Professional CIC – (Car Information Computer)

Debuted in September 2008 with the F01/F02 7 series, the CIC model replaced the CCC with a higher resolution display and a more responsive iDrive controller manufactured by Becker utilizing a QNX operating system. Along with internet access, the original maps used were created from TeleAtlas.

The new system also included an 80 GB hard disk drive, where you could store up to 8 GB of music files for playback which can be uploaded through the USB port in the glove box. In 2009 the CIC iDrive supported DVD video however this was only operation when the car is in park position while the audio will still continue to play while driving.

3. Navigation System Professional CIC – HIGH

Referred to as the “Next Big Thing,” the CIC High was debuted in 2012 as the BMW’s Professional Navigational System. BMW’s Professional Navigation System or iDrive features a 10.2 inch display screen, a 1.3 GHz processor, and a 20 GB hard drive for multimedia data. Which means your navigation should not take longer than 20 seconds for the initial load when you start your car. 

The 3D chip installed allows for a 3D detail map of graphics and city displays including street and building photos. Along with cosmetic enhancements, the screen is updated with a black background to deliver a higher contrast animation and screens fade in and out for an engaging and modern user experience.

BMW improved the routing and the calculations to reach your destination with the addition of ECO PRO. ECO PRO is a driving function to help save on gas and reduce fuel consumption. Improvements were also seen with a more fluent voice command and the display has a clearer guidance instruction on the multifunctional instrument display. 

A good note with the new display is a split screen widget available on the navigation, providing additional insights such as weather and pictures at the destination.

Software Over the Air Update

With today’s new BMW the Professional Navigation will provide real time traffic information (RTTI) and automatically update the maps with over the air technology or software-over-the-air (SOTA) via mobile phone networks using the mobile SIM card installed. There are no license charges or transmission costs to users, so you do not need to go to a dealership and plug in a new USB with the updates to receive the latest map information.