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Old 09-27-2006, 03:39 PM
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Active route option in route selection menu

Has anyone noticed this as an option in the route selection menu. (NAV and TV, Version 27.1 and 2006.2 DVD with speed cameras) It is possible to check the box with either short or fast route, maybe others I didn't try.

Does anyone know what it does and what criteria it works on? Does it adapt to TMC info?

I tried it today in Bristol and it immeadiately re routed me to my destination, but I don't know if it was quicker or faster or even shorter because I don't know the area.

Any ideas?

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Was it "active route" option or "dynamic route". If the latter then it evaluates all traffic (via TMC) on all routes that affect your journey then calculates the quickest route based upon prevailing traffic conditions and road speeds, etc.

However, it's only as reliable as the TMC data it receives, and this can be pretty unreliable on Classic FM.
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Old 09-28-2006, 09:31 AM
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It is possible to check the box with either short or fast route, maybe others I didn't try.
As the name says, "short route" is the route simply with the miminum number of kilometers. "fast route" is the route that takes the least amount of time, taking in consideration the known speed limit of the roads.

Both are independent of TMC, and are independent of the other settings "allow/deny highways", "allow/deny tolls", ferrys, etc. (TMC might reroute automatically if a road is closed, but doesn't do when there is high traffic - instead, it tells the driver about the conditions and asks if it's to reroute or not).

Imagine an extreme case where from point A to B one can go through a small village at 30KM/h for a short distance, or around the village through the highway at 200KM/h for a slightly longer distance. Guess where one would go with each of those selections

In Germany, I've selected "Fast+highways", because I'd rather use the good highways and speed up a little, even if only for some half a dozen kilometers.
Outside Germany, I'll probably select "short" and/or "deny highways" because the stress of entering a highway and having to go max 120KM/h doesn't compensate the pleasure of slowly cruising at 30-50KM/h through small villages and look at the history of them, the coffees and restaurants, etc.
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Your best bet when 'Dynamic Route' is ticked, is to leave only 'fastest' ticked. You won't get prompted to re-route, it will just calculate a new route automatically and make an audible warning "traffic congestion ahead.... the route is being calculated."

If it cannot find a better route without congenstion, it will make an audible and visual warning to this fact and the existing route will persist.
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Your best bet when 'Dynamic Route' is ticked, is to leave only 'fastest' ticked. You won't get prompted to re-route, it will just calculate a new route automatically and make an audible warning "traffic congestion ahead.... the route is being calculated."

If it cannot find a better route without congenstion, it will make an audible and visual warning to this fact and the existing route will persist.
Dynamic Route is only available if you have the latest (September 2005) BM53 (US) or BM54 (Europe) radio module. If you have an older one it's not an available option.
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Thanks for your replies. Yes, I did mean dynamic route. I didn't realise you could check more than 1 option. Makes sense now you raise it. I'll try the different options.

This option only became available when I got the software upgraded to 27.1 (Now out of date, typical) by the dealer.

Thanks again, great forum,

Oscar.
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:23 PM
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Interesting - I don't see this option at all on a 2005 X3 with a 2006 CID radio. I'm running v28 with Europe High 2006-2 and TMC works fine. I thought the X3's radio was equivalent to the BM54 ?

Dynamic routing does seem to work by default though as we're following a route - the system will reroute if TMC suggests a new hold-up on route.

I assumed my radio was the very latest - although only one tuner, it does support MP3 ID3 tags for the dash CD drive - I'd be surprised if this radio didn't support the dynamic route option you describe.

Could this be another coding option that only dealers can activate ?

Could you please post a picture of the route selection menu options
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Here you go :

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Old 09-29-2006, 05:20 PM
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Thanks Richard

I can't see that option at all in the X3, its not listed in the X3's on-board computer manual either. I tried changing radio service options but had no effect. My X3 has 50-05 73 software in the radio which I believe is very recent (I had it coded after the Sat Nav retrofit a few weeks back).
Looks like another feature that only works cars with dual tuners
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Do you know the build date of your X3? The new radios, that support Dynamic Route, were made after September 2005.
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