Real Time Traffic Information

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Real Time Traffic information (RTTI) is encoded and broadcast as digital data by certain FM radio stations in 80 metropolitan areas. The traffic information is received by a separate tuner included in the radio of BMWs equipped with the service and then displayed on the navigation system. You do not need to listen to a specific radio station to receive the traffic information, as the additional, dedicated tuner automatically scans for the appropriate station, even if the radio is turned off. The navigation system calculates the best route considering the traffic incidents and potential delays. Traffic events in the area are shown as icons on the map display; those on your route have a yellow background. Details about the traffic events are also displayed as descriptive text in the "Traffic Info" menu.
1. You don't have to listen to traffic reports on radio stations to be in the know about the traffic situation. Instead, listen to music, audio books, and talk shows or even just turn off the radio.
2. You reach your destination more relaxed and faster, as your trip is streamlined with up-to- date traffic information.
3. RTTI transforms the navigation system from an option that is primarily used when you’re lost or going to an unknown destination to a benefit that improves your daily driving experience.
The information that is broadcast is compiled from many different sources including sensors embedded in highways, cameras on bridges and local traffic monitoring centers. When a traffic event is reported, it is normally broadcast within minutes.
Generally the information that is reported audibly on the radio and the information delivered through your BMW Navigation system will be similar. However, radio reports are limited by several factors including:

1. The spoken radio reports are limited to a certain length of time, often only at pre-determined times of day. Only a small percentage of actual traffic issues will typically be reported through this system.
2. The RTTI information is automatically interpreted by the BMW Navigation system and allows you to view traffic events that are relevant to your route and near your location.
3. The RTTI system will continuously relay real time information, whereas radio reports must wait for the scheduled time to report the information, regardless of when the events take place.
Current RTTI coverage maps are available on the Metro Area Coverage page.
RTTI is standard on 2007 and later 6 Series, M5 and M6 produced 9/06 and later, 2009 and later 7 Series and included with the optional BMW Navigation system on 2009 and later Z4, 2008 and later X6 and 1 Series, 2007 and later 3 Series, X5 SAV, and 5 Series models produced September 2006 or later. Vehicles produced prior to 3/2007 with both the BMW Navigation system and HD Radio do not receive RTTI.
This vehicle’s BMW Navigation systems are based on hardware and software that doesn’t support RTTI. Retrofitting RTTI is not possible. When this model is replaced with a new design, RTTI may be made available.
There is no activation fee or recurring monthly charges. The cost to provide RTTI is included in the BMW Navigation system price. The RTTI service will be provided for a minimum of 4 years from the purchase or lease of your BMW. After the four year term, the service will continue to be provided at no additional charge as long as BMW continues its contractual relationship with its current RTTI service provider.
Yes. It is required to have the navigation map DVD version 2007.1 or later installed in your BMW. This map DVD was initially available as of September 2006. For optimum performance, always install the latest map DVD release. 2009 and later 1, 3 and 7 Series as well as the Z4 incorporate the map data on an integrated hard drive. Visit your BMW center for periodic updates.
No. Currently, it is not possible to retrofit earlier model vehicles with RTTI.
1. During route guidance, when a destination or point of interest is entered:

A) If "Dynamic route" (in the route criteria menu) is checked, the navigation system automatically takes RTTI data into consideration and calculates a route through traffic. The main route criterion (e.g. "Fast Route") stays active.

B) If "Dynamic route" (in the route criteria menu) is not checked, the navigation system informs the driver if there is a traffic incident on the route and offers a detour if the calculated delay is greater than 5 minutes.

2. Without route guidance active: RTTI data can be displayed under the "Navigation" menu. Select "Traffic Info" to the list of received traffic incidents, sorted by distance from your current location.
If "Dynamic route" is checked, the system will inform you with an audible warning if there is at least one traffic incident on your route and will provide the information that an alternate route through traffic is being calculated.

If "Dynamic route" is not checked, the system will give an audible warning at the last chance to exit and to change the route. Simultaneously, the control display will show the detour option. Select “Detour” by pressing the controller and the BMW Navigation system will recalculate the route to attempt to avoid the congestion.
Traffic icons are displayed within a diamond shaped symbol with white or yellow background. Diamonds with only a white background and diamonds with arrows indicate the map scale is too large to display the detailed icons or there may be multiple events close to each other. An arrow indicates the general direction of the traffic back-up. To see more details, simply zoom in on the map display.

Please see the following list for a description of each icon. The map view may show slightly different icons due to resolution differences.

Map scale too large to display events. Zoom in to see specific icon
Map scale too large to display events. Arrow indicates direction of the traffic delay. Zoom in to see specific icon
General traffic obstruction
Stopped traffic
Road closed
Road Contstruction
Traffic backup
No parking
Slippery road
Cross winds
Icy roads
Slow traffic
Heavy precipitation
Police checkpoint
Lane reduction
Height restriction
Traffic light failure
Uneven surface
Stopped traffic
Stop and go traffic
Slow traffic

The icons appear on a white background if the incident is off the planned route, a yellow background indicates incidents are on the planned route.

The small black arrows located on the roads indicate the relative speed and direction of moving traffic.
The text shown in station list depends on the data sent by the radio station. Either the station transmits the station name, the radio frequency, Local-No., phone numbers, advertisement, a song title or parts of a song title (This may cause strange letter combinations due to song names with more than one word. For example the song “With or without you” could lead to “With or with you” displayed in the station list).

The BMW radio or navigation system has no influence on the data displayed in the radio station list.
Assuming RTTI is functioning properly in your vehicle; incidents reported to your BMW are gathered and processed by the RTTI service provider from many sources (refer to the third question above). Under normal circumstances, it may take several minutes for changing traffic conditions to be correctly reported and displayed in your BMW. In rare occasions, events may be inappropriately coded or may be displayed when not necessary. If this condition re-occurs on specific roads and times, please report this information to BMW Customer Relations at 800-831-1117 so that BMW can take corrective measures.
TI and TI+ stand for "Traffic Information". The letters are shown in the status line of the Control Display whenever a RTTI signal is received by the vehicle. Starting with March 2007 production, BMW has changed the text from "TI+" to "TI" to simplify the display. For 2009 and later 1, 3 and 7 Series as well as Z4, TI means that the service is enabled, even though broadcast and/or content coverage may not be available in the area you are currently driving.