BMW 5 Series Owners & Service Manuals

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Setting the language

The language to be used for voice activation and system announcements can be set.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "iDrive settings".

3. If necessary, "Language".

4. "Language:".

5. Select the desired language.

Setting the voice dialog

You can set the system to use standard dialog or a short version.

The short version of the voice dialog plays back short messages in abbreviated form.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "iDrive settings".

3. "Language".

4. "Speech mode:".

5. Select the desired setting.

Speaking during voice output

It is possible to answer during inquiries of the voice activation system. The function can be deactivated if inquiries are often undesirably interrupted, for instance due to background noise or talking.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "iDrive settings".

3. "Language".

4. "Speaking during voice output".

Online speech processing

Online speech processing provides a dictation function, a natural method of entering destinations and improves the quality of voice recognition.

To use the functions, data is transmitted to a service provider via an encrypted connection and stored locally there.

Via iDrive:

1. "My Vehicle".

2. "iDrive settings".

3. "Language".

4. "Server speech recognition".

Adjusting the volume

Turn the volume button during the spoken instructions until the desired volume is set.

  • The volume remains constant even if the volume of other audio sources is changed.
  • The volume is stored for the driver profile currently used.

System limits

  • Certain noises can be detected and may lead to problems. Keep the doors, windows, and glass sunroof closed.
  • Noises from the front passenger or the rear seat bench can impair the system. Avoid making other noise in the vehicle while speaking.
  • Major language dialects can cause problems with the voice recognition feature. Speak loud and clear.

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