The parking options for your BMW iX, X7 or new 7 series are getting better and better. BMW today announced a major upgrade to its My BMW app (version 2.12.x), which will be available to users this spring. The new update works together with the extended one Parking assistant professional Giving drivers the ability to steer their car in and out of parking spaces. The new function also performs more complex maneuvers from outside the vehicle via the My BMW app. We had the opportunity to test this app in a beta version almost a year ago and You can see how it works in our video.

Useful for tight parking spaces

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Use case number one is certainly access to narrow or difficult-to-access parking spaces. As can be seen in the following video, the driver can interrupt a parking process that is already in progress, get out and then continue the parking process. The entire process is monitored outside the car via the app. Switching between inside and outside control is also possible for more extensive maneuvering, according to BMW. “The maneuvering assistant function is included in the Parking Assistant Professional. “Of course there is a caveat. The smartphone must be within six meters of the vehicle.

Save up to 10 maneuvers

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The maneuver assistant can record and store up to ten maneuvers at different locations. In principle, the parking system can cover a maximum distance of 200 meters and a total length of 600 meters using GPS and trajectory data that are defined by steering movements. In addition, according to BMW, the parking system automatically takes over all necessary driving tasks, including acceleration, braking, steering and, if necessary, several changes of direction and gear.

Some might argue that this new feature is a gimmick, but it can come in handy when parking in a tight spot. Such a feature is especially useful for a big car like the 7 Series with its massive doors. Another scenario is when the owner lives in an apartment building with its own parking space. Here is the system in action: