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      09-02-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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Just found a cool feature for cars with Nav

My car arrived last week from my ED, though I had already put nearly 2k on it while in europe. Over there we listened to the iPod exclusively and I hadn't played with the radio much, but as soon as it arrived here I activated the satellite radio and setup the presets down by the CD slot. I noticed yesterday that when I put my finger on the preset button, without actually pushing it, the display screen shows the station that's programmed for that preset without actually changing stations. Pretty cool! One of these days I'm going to read the manual!
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      09-02-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Oh man, that threw me off for a while because the preset radio station for my button '1' was "POWER 95.3"...but only "POWER" showed up. Confused the hell out of me as to why the car thought that was the power button when I lightly touched it... I eventually figured it out, lol.

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      09-02-2011, 06:10 PM   #3
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Those buttons can also be preset just about any function in the car that you would access w/iDrive, phone numbers, addresses, etc. Just highlight the function you use often and press and hold it.
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      09-02-2011, 06:20 PM   #4
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Those buttons can also be preset just about any function in the car that you would access w/iDrive, phone numbers, addresses, etc. Just highlight the function you use often and press and hold it.
Okay, definitely reading the manual now!
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      09-02-2011, 10:29 PM   #5
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What is this "manual" you speak of, good sir?
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      09-03-2011, 12:03 AM   #6
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Yeah.. I've got mine set as shortcuts for stuff like
  1. USB Input
  2. Tone Settings
  3. Vehicle Status
  4. Phone Book
  5. etc...
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      09-03-2011, 01:46 AM   #7
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They're called "smart keys" or "hot buttons"...
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      09-03-2011, 03:18 AM   #8
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One of mine is set for home on the nav. Another is set for phone home.
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      09-03-2011, 03:30 AM   #9
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also useful for things like:
night mode of the nav screen
switching nav screen off (I do that a lot during the night)
home address
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      09-03-2011, 03:31 AM   #10
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Yeah,

I've got one set to night mode... pain in the arse to do it otherwise...
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      09-03-2011, 04:48 AM   #11
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One of mine is set for home on the nav. Another is set for phone home.
I had no idea we could do this. WIN!!

What's the process for doing it?
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      09-03-2011, 09:28 AM   #12
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Yeah,

I've got one set to night mode... pain in the arse to do it otherwise...
Totally agree with night mode, that is definately one of mine!
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      09-03-2011, 09:32 AM   #13
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I had no idea we could do this. WIN!!

What's the process for doing it?
1) Extract user manual from vehicle
2) Open user manual...
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      09-03-2011, 09:45 AM   #14
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One of mine is set for home on the nav. Another is set for phone home.
I had no idea we could do this. WIN!!

What's the process for doing it?
Go into iDrive menu and highlight desired function ( ie, highlight "split-screen"), but don't click controller. Then just lightly touch one of the buttons. It will either display on the top line of screen the current function assigned, or that it is empty. Press and hold and presto! I have night mode, plugin, web radio, phone home, nav home and nav to work programmed.
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I got one set to the message menu, when I send google maps to the car
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      09-03-2011, 10:43 AM   #16
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I got one set to the message menu, when I send google maps to the car
How do you send messages to the car? I didn't realize my car had an email address!
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      09-03-2011, 11:08 AM   #17
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Totally agree with night mode, that is definately one of mine!
If you put night mode on, do you need another button preset to put it back to day mode? Or do you just click once and it's in night mode and click the same button again and it goes back to day mode?

Apologies but I don't have my car yet, so I can't check this myself
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Nup. It's a toggle so 1 button goes both ways...


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How do you send messages to the car? I didn't realize my car had an email address!
It s the email address linked with your BMW assist account.
In Google maps you have the option "Send to car"
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Yeah,

I've got one set to night mode... pain in the arse to do it otherwise...
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      09-04-2011, 10:06 AM   #21
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Yeah,

I've got one set to night mode... pain in the arse to do it otherwise...
Isn't night mode automatic???

I thought the nav switched into night mode when the headlights came on after a certain time of the day (6pm or 8pm something like that)...
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      09-04-2011, 11:32 AM   #22
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Is the USB port in the glove box used for anything other then uploading to the HDD?
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