Although the BMW i4 entered production a few months ago, the large electric coupe is already receiving a software update. It’s the company’s first model to get an upgraded iDrive 8, as the iX and 2 Series Active Tourer will likely follow. Officially known as software version 21-11-550, the latest operating system unlocks Personal eSim functionality.

In addition, it strengthens the signal of the mobile phone by using the car’s external antenna. At the moment, the new technology is only available in Germany, Japan and the United States. As with the other iDrive 8 settings that we will detail below, certain equipment is required to benefit from the new goodies.

A bigger new feature brought by the new software update is a smarter lane departure warning system. The car knows when the driver wants to return to the original lane after passing a vehicle on country roads and highways. In other words, the BMW i4 will not issue a lane departure warning or pull the steering wheel to return the car to its original lane.

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Software update makes the BMW i4 safer

BMW has further optimized the Lane Departure Warning by making steering interventions smoother when leaving a lane. BMW explains that the slower you leave the lane, the smoother the response will be. In other words, the duration of the system and the force it applies are now more dependent on the behavior of the driver.

“Your BMW now lines up close to the previously passed lane marking to ensure you return to an optimal driving position more quickly.”

BMW is likely to implement the iDrive 8 equipped with the software update from day one in upcoming products. We’re talking specifically about the Series 3 LCI, as prototypes have been spied with the new screen layout. The next-gen 7 Series and production-ready XM will arrive by the end of the year with the latest infotainment system.

[Source: BMW]