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Just starting a country-based tally, similar to observations on the X5 forums, of missing (or not common) features in the iX platform for various countries. In the US so far observed:

  • No cargo net included
  • No "Lim" function in the Mode toggles (although this seems like it could be added with software updates since it's not a hard button)
  • No automatic speed limit function (again, possible software)
  • No matrix headlights (possible software)
  • No emergency kit (although that may not be included in any models now)
  • No Electric Consumption screen for unit selection

Oh, and the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car for us Colonials. :LOL:

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What is it?)
The variable high beam function that allows headlights to adapt around oncoming or leading cars to avoid blinding drivers while still allowing high beams to illuminate the side of the road - available in Europe and the rest of the world for years, but only recently legal in the US. Many modern cars (including BMW) are equipped with the hardware, but it is (AFAIK) deactivated in all current US models.

 

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The variable high beam function that allows headlights to adapt around oncoming or leading cars to avoid blinding drivers while still allowing high beams to illuminate the side of the road - available in Europe and the rest of the world for years, but only recently legal in the US. Many modern cars (including BMW) are equipped with the hardware, but it is (AFAIK) deactivated in all current US models.

Exactly, thank you. I knew about this feature, but I thought that bmw just doesn't use it now) It turns out only for America. Yes, there are a lot of restrictions and old ancient laws - such as (when reversing, you need to turn your head back) also, you can't use cameras instead of rear-view mirrors here. And most of all, mirrors without a refraction zone are angry.
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What is the difference between that and Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight which is an option in the US? This was pitched as the same idea -- that high beams would stay on and basically bend around oncoming traffic.
 

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What is the difference between that and Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight which is an option in the US? This was pitched as the same idea -- that high beams would stay on and basically bend around oncoming traffic.
Different than matrix lighting, although BMW confusingly calls them "Adaptive LED Lights." Adaptive lighting in the US means the beam just follows directional steering and self-levels (and you get cornering lighting as well with lasers - a separate bulb illuminates the area directly to the right or left near the front of the car as you turn). "Automatic High Beams" or "High Beam Assist" will automatically dim the headlights for approaching or leading cars. True matrix lighting keeps your high beams on, but variably blanks out the areas to mask oncoming cars or the car in front of you so the drivers aren't blinded, per the video. You don't get that in the US, although most new BMWs in the US have the hardware to accommodate that feature (and have had it some time, just inactivated). Industrious coders have turned the feature on in modern X5s, even before the US law allowing it was passed (this year), but coding the iX seems to be problematic. Likely no incoming BMWs will have matrix lighting activated for some time, although now legal, but hopefully eventually.
 

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Different than matrix lighting, although BMW confusingly calls them "Adaptive LED Lights." Adaptive lighting in the US means the beam just follows directional steering and self-levels (and you get cornering lighting as well with lasers - a separate bulb illuminates the area directly to the right or left near the front of the car as you turn). "Automatic High Beams" or "High Beam Assist" will automatically dim the headlights for approaching or leading cars. True matrix lighting keeps your high beams on, but variably blanks out the areas to mask oncoming cars or the car in front of you so the drivers aren't blinded, per the video. You don't get that in the US, although most new BMWs in the US have the hardware to accommodate that feature (and have had it some time, just inactivated). Industrious coders have turned the feature on in modern X5s, even before the US law allowing it was passed (this year), but coding the iX seems to be problematic. Likely no incoming BMWs will have matrix lighting activated for some time, although now legal, but hopefully eventually.
Thanks. I ordered this feature so it would do what is shown starting at 1:13 in this video:


Sounds like it does not do this. Shifting with the steering is not worth $1K.
 

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That is correct - however it could do it in the future if the hardware is enabled - and no one knows right now when or if BMW will do that for US models. Without the hardware however, not going to happen.
 

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Just starting a country-based tally, similar to observations on the X5 forums, of missing (or not common) features in the iX platform for various countries. In the US so far observed:

  • No cargo net included
  • No "Lim" function in the Mode toggles (although this seems like it could be added with software updates since it's not a hard button)
  • No automatic speed limit function (again, possible software)
  • No matrix headlights (possible software)
  • No emergency kit (although that may not be included in any models now)
  • No Electric Consumption screen for unit selection

Oh, and the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car for us Colonials. :LOL:

Anything else?
My Australian delivered 50 Sport has all those features but has LaserLight not the LED matrix. I don't think they are anything fabulous tbh. The penetration is fairly average and nowhere near as good as the LED on our GLC Mercedes. I do know that current models are having lots of equipment deleted such as passenger lumbar and seat heating
 

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Well that's a bummer and a bit of bait and switch. I have zero interest in the laser light feature -- only bought it for the headlights that could stay on high and move around vehicles. And I have zero confidence in any features being added by software later. My 2016 first model year Volvo XC90 still is awaiting featured promised when I bought it (and in my original owners manual) 7.5 years later. Tesla owners have been paying large for out-of-Beta full self driving "coming soon" since it launched. Some are on their second or third vehicle having paid 3 times for the future feature. Given that the dealer has yet to get an allotment slot apparently I wonder if there's still time to cancel that option.
 

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Well that's a bummer and a bit of bait and switch. I have zero interest in the laser light feature -- only bought it for the headlights that could stay on high and move around vehicles. And I have zero confidence in any features being added by software later. My 2016 first model year Volvo XC90 still is awaiting featured promised when I bought it (and in my original owners manual) 7.5 years later. Tesla owners have been paying large for out-of-Beta full self driving "coming soon" since it launched. Some are on their second or third vehicle having paid 3 times for the future feature. Given that the dealer has yet to get an allotment slot apparently I wonder if there's still time to cancel that option.
it still has the same features as the older LED on Beemers - it has auto high beam - it stays on all the time with the light stalk pushed away towards the dash and an icon shows up in the instrument cluster when active. I did notice it progressively extinguish areas when a car came towards me. I almost never drive at night so it is not so important to me. Maybe you can get a LaserLight equipped car for an overnight loan? If you do drive a lot at night, then the best illumination possible if very important!
 

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Just starting a country-based tally, similar to observations on the X5 forums, of missing (or not common) features in the iX platform for various countries. In the US so far observed:

  • No cargo net included
  • No "Lim" function in the Mode toggles (although this seems like it could be added with software updates since it's not a hard button)
  • No automatic speed limit function (again, possible software)
  • No matrix headlights (possible software)
  • No emergency kit (although that may not be included in any models now)
  • No Electric Consumption screen for unit selection

Oh, and the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car for us Colonials. :LOL:

Anything else?
Im still waiting for Parking assist professional (maneuver assistant). I got my IX 5 months ago and the parking assist pro was not even an option then. However, the internet was full of videos showing how the IX could remember 10 or 20 driving sequences and then play them back. In addition to automatic parking using the painted parking lines on the road rather than parked cars for reference points. That was one of the coolest features and sold me on the car. Only to find out that it was not even avail when i got mine. Im hoping that this will be a feature on demand at some point
 

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Im still waiting for Parking assist professional (maneuver assistant). I got my IX 5 months ago and the parking assist pro was not even an option then. However, the internet was full of videos showing how the IX could remember 10 or 20 driving sequences and then play them back. In addition to automatic parking using the painted parking lines on the road rather than parked cars for reference points. That was one of the coolest features and sold me on the car. Only to find out that it was not even avail when i got mine. Im hoping that this will be a feature on demand at some point
Rumored, if you have the Parking Assistant Plus hardware. We shall see....
 

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it still has the same features as the older LED on Beemers - it has auto high beam - it stays on all the time with the light stalk pushed away towards the dash and an icon shows up in the instrument cluster when active. I did notice it progressively extinguish areas when a car came towards me.
It sounds like this is not the case in the US where I live though. Here the high beams will shut off completely whenever it detects another car or light source. I have auto high beams in my current car and it's auto off more than it's auto on because it's pretty rare that we're truly isolated on the road. Without the ability to "extinguish areas" when a car comes toward you, it doesn't sound like there' any point to the upgrade.
 

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It sounds like this is not the case in the US where I live though. Here the high beams will shut off completely whenever it detects another car or light source. I have auto high beams in my current car and it's auto off more than it's auto on because it's pretty rare that we're truly isolated on the road. Without the ability to "extinguish areas" when a car comes toward you, it doesn't sound like there' any point to the upgrade.
ah okay! You may not be old enough but when we lived in DC as a child, my mother had an VW Passat which had round lights, whereas the exact same model her in Australia had oblong halogen lights. I seem to remember that anything other than sealed beams were 'illegal' This is going back 40 years though!
 
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