BMW Motorrad has introduced a new GPS receiver, the Navigator VI, which has a number of new features. It will be available starting in March 2017 alongside the existing Navigator V. The new unit retains the same external dimensions as before so it should be a drop in replacement to all BMW motorcycles that accept the previous Navigator V. Like the last model, the new Navigator VI has a 5″ display but it has been updated to include a circular polarizing filter, which should enhanced readability, particularly in strong and even direct sunlight.
Internal storage capacity been increased from 8 GB to 16 GB (for the EU/US; the device with no preinstalled maps still has 4 GB) but the new Navigator VI now offers the “Winding roads” route option for avoiding built-up areas, providing the roads and conditions allow. Another new feature available for computing routes is “Avoid main roads.” Used in conjunction with the existing “Avoid motorways” function, selecting the most suitable roads for motorcycling is now even better. The “Round Trip” function configures trips based on time, distance or interim destination, offering one more new way of creating any individual motorcycling experience. With the “Natural Guidance” function, navigation instructions also provide more precise descriptions of the surroundings.
The new “Music Streaming” feature, which works in conjunction with Bluetooth, makes it possible to listen to music stored on a smartphone. Even compatible action cams can be controlled directly through the Navigator VI. Like the previous model, some control can be adjusted using either the four-button mount cradle or the multi-controller on the handlebars depending on motorcycle model setup. Additional functions such as the “My Motorcycle” pages as well as warning and status messages are available in conjunction with the navigation preparation. Traffic congestion and weather reports can be displayed in real time using the optional Garmin Smartphone Link App. Future updates to the preinstalled map data will be available free of charge. A car installation kit is available separately.