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BMW 5 Series: Destination entry by voice

General information

  • Instructions for the voice activation system, see vehicle Owner's Manual.
  • When making a destination entry by voice, you can change between voice operation and iDrive.
  • To have the available voice commands read out loud: ›Voice commands‹ or ›Help‹.

Saying the entries

  • Complete addresses can be spoken as a single command. For an individual entry, countries, towns/cities, streets and intersections can be spoken in whole words. The language of the system must be set to the language of the destination country.
  • Addresses can be spelled, even when the configured language of the system is different.

    Say the letters smoothly, and avoid exaggerating the pronunciation and inserting lengthy pauses between the letters.

  • You can search for points of interest for the navigation online in natural language, such as with a question for specific restaurants nearby.
  • The options available for entering data depend on the navigation data and the country and language settings.

Entering an address in a command

You can enter the desired destination in a command.

There are a variety of options for naming the destination.

For destinations in the same town/city, indicating the street is sufficient. The system will apply the current town/city automatically.

It is also possible to speak Points of Interest, such as ›Drive me to the nearest parking lot‹.

1. Press the button on the steering wheel.

2. Name the desired destination in a sentence.


     Home address

    General information The home address must be created to apply it as a destination. Defining the home address 1. Press the button on the Controller. 2. "Set home address". 3. Enter the address. Usi

     Points of interest

    General information Points of Interest are destinations that can be helpful while driving. Points of Interest such as restaurants, hotels, gas stations, or charging stations, can be added as destinat

     Displaying Points of Interest on the map

    Concept The Points of Interest categories can be displayed on the map as symbols. Selecting categories 1. Press the button on the Controller. 2. Move the Controller to the right. 3. "Settings". 4


     Frequently Asked Questions

    Why can the current position not be displayed? The vehicle is located in an unrecognized region, is in a poor reception area, or the system is currently determining the position. Reception is usually best when you have an unobstructed view of the sky. Why does destination guidance not accept

     Planning a trip

    General information When planning a trip, several intermediate destinations can be entered. New trip 1. Press the button on the Controller. 2. Select the type of destination entry. 3. Select a single destination. 4. Enter an intermediate destination. Intermediate destinations General information

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