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I'm pondering if I should add the enhanced package to my eDrive40 order. The upgrade would be CAD$3,600. Some of the items in package are pretty useless - ambient lighting, Galvanic Controls, Parking Assistant (not needed, not that it doesnt work). HK surround sound and head-up display are interesting, but not adding up to the additional cost. The other item included is the BMW Drive Recorder. Searching in Youtube; the BMW Drive Recorder seems to be pretty useless (only record 40s if you press a button?!?), and not even close to the Tesla Sentry mode. Would the i4 have a new Recorder, or the same old same old?
 

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I'm pondering if I should add the enhanced package to my eDrive40 order. The upgrade would be CAD$3,600. Some of the items in package are pretty useless - ambient lighting, Galvanic Controls, Parking Assistant (not needed, not that it doesnt work). HK surround sound and head-up display are interesting, but not adding up to the additional cost. The other item included is the BMW Drive Recorder. Searching in Youtube; the BMW Drive Recorder seems to be pretty useless (only record 40s if you press a button?!?), and not even close to the Tesla Sentry mode. Would the i4 have a new Recorder, or the same old same old?
Automatically or manual activation – the BMW Drive Recorder films your surroundings for up to 40 seconds. This allows you to document dangerous driving situations in road traffic. With the BMW Drive Recorder, you can also collect wonderful memories of beautiful routes at the press of a button. Four integrated cameras mean that it is easy to shoot videos.
  • Up to 40 seconds of video footage of your surroundings.
  • Automatic activation is triggered in the event of an accident.
  • Videos can also be saved manually at the press of a button.
The features described here may not be fully supported in all markets. May only be available with additional optional equipment. Availability of BMW ConnectedDrive Services are dependent on vehicle specification, optional equipment and production date. Please consult your local BMW Retailer for more information if required.
 

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My only objection is on why only 40 seconds?
(I can think some technical reasons but not too flattering for BMW)
We should be able to plug a 128/256 GB USB stick and have hours and hours of recordings.
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Otherwise is useful.
 

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I'm pondering if I should add the enhanced package to my eDrive40 order. The upgrade would be CAD$3,600. Some of the items in package are pretty useless - ambient lighting, Galvanic Controls, Parking Assistant (not needed, not that it doesnt work). HK surround sound and head-up display are interesting, but not adding up to the additional cost. The other item included is the BMW Drive Recorder. Searching in Youtube; the BMW Drive Recorder seems to be pretty useless (only record 40s if you press a button?!?), and not even close to the Tesla Sentry mode. Would the i4 have a new Recorder, or the same old same old?
I agree with you - some of the features of the enhanced package in Canada are nice to have but costly. I have never used the parking assistant on my i3, and the head-up display on our X3 doesn't work when I am wearing my polarized sunglasses. The BMW drive recorder is useless compared with what Tesla offers, and I would never use it unless I was in an accident. (I've been driving for more than 55 years with no accidents but we never know) Can't judge the HK system in the i4 without listening to it, and it depends what type of music we listen to. I won't be selecting these options and will be putting my savings towards the M50 version where AWD will make a real difference for me.
 

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Automatically or manual activation – the BMW Drive Recorder films your surroundings for up to 40 seconds. This allows you to document dangerous driving situations in road traffic. With the BMW Drive Recorder, you can also collect wonderful memories of beautiful routes at the press of a button. Four integrated cameras mean that it is easy to shoot videos.
  • Up to 40 seconds of video footage of your surroundings.
  • Automatic activation is triggered in the event of an accident.
  • Videos can also be saved manually at the press of a button.
The features described here may not be fully supported in all markets. May only be available with additional optional equipment. Availability of BMW ConnectedDrive Services are dependent on vehicle specification, optional equipment and production date. Please consult your local BMW Retailer for more information if required.
Welcome to the forum @NunoSantos
Which BMW i4 model and spec are you going with? Did you get a delivery date yet?
 

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My only objection is on why only 40 seconds?
(I can think some technical reasons but not too flattering for BMW)
We should be able to plug a 128/256 GB USB stick and have hours and hours of recordings.
:confused:
Otherwise is useful.

It may be due to the privacy rules in Germany
https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors/comments/iulhzy
As a global product, BMW should have this feature more flexible to accommodate to the others
 

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Automatically or manual activation – the BMW Drive Recorder films your surroundings for up to 40 seconds. This allows you to document dangerous driving situations in road traffic. With the BMW Drive Recorder, you can also collect wonderful memories of beautiful routes at the press of a button. Four integrated cameras mean that it is easy to shoot videos.
  • Up to 40 seconds of video footage of your surroundings.
  • Automatic activation is triggered in the event of an accident.
  • Videos can also be saved manually at the press of a button.
The features described here may not be fully supported in all markets. May only be available with additional optional equipment. Availability of BMW ConnectedDrive Services are dependent on vehicle specification, optional equipment and production date. Please consult your local BMW Retailer for more information if required.
You'd think that it would be longer than 40 seconds in the case of an accident. I had no idea it was that quick.
 

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It may be due to the privacy rules in Germany
https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors/comments/iulhzy
As a global product, BMW should have this feature more flexible to accommodate to the others
Hmm!:unsure:
That could certainly be a reason.
Then I hope a hack would be available for surpassing the limit.
All my phones had a restriction for recording calls and for all of them there was a hack or a software that allowed that.
 

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One important bit - it is not just 40 seconds (per clip). It is 20 seconds before you pushed the button (or accident happened) and 20 seconds after that. This allows you to save a record of something that has already happened to you just now. And it does not require any extra hardware - the videos are recorded to the internal hard-driver of the headunit. You can then export them to a USB stick at any time. What I find annoying is that if you enable multi-camera recording, it all gets squished into the same video stream into quarters, so the resolution takes a hit.
 

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One important bit - it is not just 40 seconds (per clip). It is 20 seconds before you pushed the button (or accident happened) and 20 seconds after that. This allows you to save a record of something that has already happened to you just now. And it does not require any extra hardware - the videos are recorded to the internal hard-driver of the headunit. You can then export them to a USB stick at any time. What I find annoying is that if you enable multi-camera recording, it all gets squished into the same video stream into quarters, so the resolution takes a hit.
I thought I read somewhere that you could also limit it to 1 camera view.
 

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One important bit - it is not just 40 seconds (per clip). It is 20 seconds before you pushed the button (or accident happened) and 20 seconds after that. This allows you to save a record of something that has already happened to you just now. And it does not require any extra hardware - the videos are recorded to the internal hard-driver of the headunit. You can then export them to a USB stick at any time. What I find annoying is that if you enable multi-camera recording, it all gets squished into the same video stream into quarters, so the resolution takes a hit.
If a person were in an accident, I wonder if 20 seconds would be enough time for to realize they needed to hit the record button?
 

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Shouldn't the car detect the accident and save the footage automatically? I thought that was the point of the system.
"""""""""""""If your BMW detects that an accident is taking place, it will automatically store a video clip via the cameras located to the front, rear and sided of your vehicle. To obtain a complete picture of the incident, your BMW Drive Recorder records the preceding seconds before the vehicle comes to a standstill, so that you don’t miss a thing.""""""""""
 

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"""""""""""""If your BMW detects that an accident is taking place, it will automatically store a video clip via the cameras located to the front, rear and sided of your vehicle. To obtain a complete picture of the incident, your BMW Drive Recorder records the preceding seconds before the vehicle comes to a standstill, so that you don’t miss a thing.""""""""""
Thanks for the clarification. That makes the feature, if you're a good driver, a good feature. If you're a bad driver...well that's another thing.
 

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Basically all cars from the last decade have EDR in them that store last 30 seconds of driving data, which can be recovered and analysed in case of an accident. This adds camera on top of that. However, depending on jurisdiction, authorities might have to have your permission to pull the recordings (and they might not know that you have the feature), so there is less chance of it being bad for you, even if you screwed up.
 

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So the owner's manual says that the Drive recorder saves 20 seconds before and 20 seconds after either an accident condition detected by the sensors or a manual save, either through iDrive or just by pressing and holding the camera button next to the shifter. You can choose your camera(s) thru iDrive for manual recording, and looks like you can select "All", which is also automatically selected if the saving is triggered by an accident. So it seems a pretty good compromise between privacy and safety.
In the US, the Drive recorder is only $100, however it requires the Parking Assistant package (prices below) which comes with the surround view (adding the lateral front and back cameras). So I'm partially with @Phil1001 , I don't particularly want the auto-park, but I do want the surround view and the extra cameras, I love seeing all around and the lines on the asphalt when I park, even when I drive straight in, I find they are also very useful when I back into my garage, so this forces me to get the Parking Assistant anyway, and as long as I got the cameras, the Drive recorder at $100 is a no brainer. But that's the US structure, we have a separate Premium package ($950, mandatory if we get Vernasca Leather), Driver Assistant Pro package ($1700, necessary to get the Adaptive cruise with stop & go), Parking Assistant package ($700, necessary to get the surround view and cameras), Harmon Kardon option ($875) and Head up display option ($1000). I do know the Canadian configurator lumps the Premium package, Parking Assistant, the Harmon/Kardon and the HUD into an "Enhanced package", worth it in my book as I want all 4 anyway.
 

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Apparently this system will turn off in a BMW car when it recognizes by GPS that it is in Germany due to privacy laws in Germany.
That is not true. I am in Germany and it works perfectly fine. It's limits have been specifically designed to be withing the privacy laws here. Those laws are why permanently active dashcams are illegal.
 

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But that's the US structure, we have a separate Premium package ($950, mandatory if we get Vernasca Leather), Driver Assistant Pro package ($1700, necessary to get the Adaptive cruise with stop & go), Parking Assistant package ($700, necessary to get the surround view and cameras), Harmon Kardon option ($875) and Head up display option ($1000). I do know the Canadian configurator lumps the Premium package, Parking Assistant, the Harmon/Kardon and the HUD into an "Enhanced package", worth it in my book as I want all 4 anyway.
The BMW sales department sure knows how to sell things :D The leather is really good, even if latest gen Sensatec is very hard to distinguish and perforated Sensatec can be more comfortable in high heat. Driver Assist Pro also does lane keep and bunch of other smart driving features, so most of the time on long distance drives the car just drives itself. It is very relaxing and I would not buy a car without anymore. Surround view is really cool and can help park better in weird places - it allows you to see lines on the ground that are right next to the car and see if you are parallel to them. HK sound is significantly better than base system. and the HUD is really good when you are actually driving the car and do not want to get distracted to check the map or even the instruments - all key driving info is in the HUD already.
 
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