Voice Command System BMW 2007-5 Series

The BMW 2007-5 series may have a voice command system that allows the driver to control certain functions of the car using voice commands. This system may allow the driver to make phone calls, control the audio system, and input navigation destinations, among other things, using voice commands. The specific features and capabilities of the voice command system may vary depending on the model and options chosen by the manufacturer or owner.

The concept

The voice command system allows you to control operation of various vehicle systems without ever removing your hands from the steering wheel.Individual menu items on the Control Display can be spoken as commands. This frees you of having to use the controller.

The voice command system transforms your oral commands into control signals for the selected systems and provides support in the form of instructions or questions. The voice command system uses a special microphone located in the area of the interior rearview mirror.


Via iDrive, set the language that applies for the voice command system in order to enable identification of the spoken commands. To set the language of iDrive.

Symbols in Owner’s Manual

Say the specified commands word forword.
Indicates responses of the voice command system

Voice commands

Activating voice command system

1. Press the black button.


This symbol on the Control Display and an acoustic signal tell you that the voice command system can respond to commands.


2. Say the command. The command is displayed on the Control Display.


This symbol is shown on the Control Display when you can input additional commands. If no other commands are possible, then operate the equipment via iDrive.

Terminating or canceling voice command system

Press the black button on the steering wheel or cancel.


Having possible commands read aloud

You can have the system read aloud the possible commands related to the selected menu item on the Control Display.

To have the system list the possible commands:

For example, if you have selected “CD”, the system will read aloud the possible commands for operating the CD player and the CDchanger*.

Opening help


Using alternative commands

There are often a number of commands to run a function, e.g.:

{Radio on} <or> {Turn radio on}

Running functions directly with short commands

With short commands you can run certain functions directly, regardless of which menu item is

Opening start menu

{Main menu}

Example: selecting a track

1. Switch on Entertainment sound output if necessary.
2. Press the black button on the steering wheel.
3. {Entertainment} The system says: {Entertainment}


4. {CD}The system says:{CD on}


5. Press the black button on the steering wheel.
6. Select track, e.g.: {Track 1} The system says: {{Track 1}}



The mobile phone can also be operated with voice commands.

For voice commands, bear the following in mind:

  • Say the commands and numbers smoothly and at normal volume, avoiding excessive emphasis and pauses. This also applies to spelling when entering the destination.
  • Always issue commands in the language of the voice command system.
  • When selecting a radio station, use the common pronunciation of the station name.
  • For entries in the voice-activated phone book, only use names in the language of the voice command system and no abbreviations.
  • Keep the doors, windows and glass sunroof* or panorama glass sunroof* closed to prevent interference from ambient noise.
  • Avoid making other noise in the vehicle while speaking.
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