Running on OS Win CE 6.0, Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface with GPS navigation is a multimedia device that dramatically expands the capabilities of the stock iDrive Professional CIC system, installed in BMW: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 series, X1, X3, X5, X6 manufactured from 2008 to 2011. A GPS module with three preinstalled navigation apps to choose from, live traffic updates (with a 3G modem connected), MHL connection to Android-based smartphones, Bluetooth with Hands free and A2DP audio streaming functions, audio and video playback, as well as full support of rear view cameras, surround view systems or other audio and video sources. With Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface, you will be able to add all these useful features to your BMW car without sacrificing the stock multimedia system and its default functions.
Features and advantages
The key advantage of Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface is its full integration with the stock iDrive Professional CIC multimedia system of your BMW. The stock multimedia system developed by the manufacturer is completely adapted to your vehicle and communicates with it via CAN bus. Besides, not only does it operate as a multimedia device but is also an integral part of the car's electronic system. As a rule, iDrive Professional CIC multimedia system is used for parking assistance, vehicle status display and even controls some of the car's functions. This is why it is highly inadvisable to replace the stock head unit in BMW cars. However, with Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface installed, you will be able to add quite a few useful and convenient options that will dramatically enhance the functionality of the stock multimedia system and upgrade your vehicle's configuration. Importantly, all the original functions of iDrive Professional CIC multimedia system will operate as intended, including radio, Bluetooth, SD and USB drives support, as well as car control and settings menu.
It takes only one press of a button to switch from the stock head unit to Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface. Furthermore, in addition to multimedia functions and GPS navigation, the driver also gets some extra safety options – ability to connect front and rear view cameras or a surround view system, an intelligent parking assist system with parking guide lines projected on the video feed from the available cameras, and support of additional audio-video sources that can be connected if needed.
Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface has three GPS navigation apps already installed so that the driver could choose the most suitable one depending on his/her country of residence or personal preferences. Navitel and Yandex.Maps are installed by default. Both the apps are capable of displaying live information about traffic jams, while the third one can be selected and installed at the driver's discretion. When a USB 3G modem is attached, Gazer VI700W-CIC connects to the Internet and allows monitoring traffic situation in real time.
The support of MHL connection to Android-based smartphones allows not only to mirror the phone's screen and stream audio to the stock iDrive Professional CIC multimedia system, but also to control your smartphone from the screen of your BMW car. This will add even more functionality than Android Auto mode, and namely complete integration of your smartphone into the vehicle's multimedia system without changing the user interface or restricting the use of applications or content.
Two additional audio-video inputs allow connecting any external devices such as a digital T2 TV receiver or a DVR, an external DVD or media player, or even a karaoke machine or a game console to your BMW stock multimedia system.
Audio and video playback from USB drives as well as photo viewing and book reading – with Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface, you can enjoy all these functions.
Installation and controls
Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface supports Plug&Play (Pin-to-Pin) installation and connection without damaging the stock wiring in your BMW car. The central unit of the multimedia interface is mounted behind the vehicle's built-in display and plugged into the multimedia system and CAN bus using the stock cable that comes with the vehicle. The way the system operates can be compared to switching between video sources in a regular TV set – when the interface is activated, the multimedia system switches from its default mode to the multimedia interface mode and starts displaying the image generated by Gazer multimedia interface.
The multimedia interface can also be connected to the audio system using the stock AUX input. Alternatively, you can use an external speaker included into Gazer VI700W-CIC standard supply package.
To control the device in BMW cars, a touch panel designed specifically for BMW head units is installed over the stock display. With touch controls, one can easily manage all the numerous functions and features of Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface. It is also possible to control Gazer VI700W multimedia interface using the vehicle's stock joystick, touchpad or any other controls provided by the manufacturer.
One can enable Gazer multimedia interface and switch between audio and video sources using the vehicle's stock button (NAVI, TEL, Voice) or the additional external button included in the supply package in case your car does not have a stock navigation control button. The rear or surround view camera mode is enabled automatically each time the car shifts into reverse.
GPS navigation of your choice with live traffic updates
Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface allows choosing one of three preinstalled GPS navigation apps. Navitel and Yandex.Maps are available by default, while the third navigation app can be selected at the driver's discretion depending on his/her preferences. You can use one of three preinstalled apps and switch between them at any time if needed.
A USB 3G modem connected to Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface will provide access to the Internet so that the driver could get live traffic updates in the available navigation apps. Having connected once by pressing "Connect" button in the menu, you will be granted Internet access automatically every time you start the engine, with no need to adjust any setting in the future. A powerful GPS antenna and state-of-the-art components guarantee stable satellite signal reception and accurate positioning in any conditions.
GPS navigation apps and satellite maps are stored on the SD memory card (up to 32 Gb) that comes with Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface. The only thing that needs to be taken care of in advance is GPS maps of the region or country where you plan to go. So, make sure that you update the existing maps or add new ones before setting off on your journey.
Full integration with Android-based smartphones
If you have an Android-based smartphone with MHL support, you can pair it with Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface using a regular USB cable. The smartphone screen will be mirrored on the built-in monitor of your BMW car, whereas audio output will be provided by the vehicle's stock speakers or AUX input (depending on the selected connection option). Complete control of the smartphone screen will be available via the optional touch panel in BMW cars. Essentially, the vehicle's iDrive Professional CIC system will turn into your smartphone with Internet access and all the required apps, navigation software, messengers, etc. already installed. Even compared to Android Auto mode offered by some carmakers you will get a lot more functions and flexibility: your smartphone will have the same interface and you will be able to use all the apps and content without limitations, i.e. all of your phone's functions and features will be available and unrestricted.
Multimedia playback, photo viewing
Enjoy your favorite music on the road or help you passengers while away the time by watching a movie or flipping through photos. Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface supports MP3, MP4, AVI, and JPEG playback from USB drives. To connect USB drives, use an external USB port that can be placed conveniently in the glovebox. You can also use several USB drives simultaneously along with a USB 3G dongle – Gazer VI700W-CIC interface supports USB hubs allowing to connect up to 4 USB devices simultaneously*, including an external USB HDD.
Connecting cameras, surround view system, and parking assistant
Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface allows connecting and using such important security systems as a rear view camera, a surround view system, and a parking assistant.
When Gazer rear view camera or surround view system is installed, the image displayed on the screen will have a special overlay with the vehicle's trajectory (IPAS function). The parking guidelines will indicate the vehicle's driving direction depending on the steering wheel position.
If your BMW car has a stock parking assistant, the data it generates will be displayed simultaneously with the video feed from the rear view camera or surround view system (PDC function). If your vehicle does not have OEM parking sensors, you can install Gazer parking assistant, and the multimedia interface will display its data it just as it would in case of the factory-installed parktronic system.
Gazer surround view system will ensure maximum safety when parking and maneuvering in a confined space by showing what happens around your BMW car in the "top-down perspective" without any blind spots and time lag. For example, such driving tasks as parking near high street curbs, crossing a narrow bridge, or maneuvering among short polls or flowerbeds will become perfectly easy and safe posing no danger for pedestrians and your vehicle. The system can also act as a DVR and a CCTV system by recording not only when the car is on the move but when it is parked as well. A signal from the G-sensor activates the recording.
Connecting additional audio and video sources
Gazer VI700W-CIC multimedia interface allows connecting two additional audio-video sources to iDrive Professional CIC multimedia system. You can connect a digital TV tuner, a DVR, and an external DVD or media player, as well as such entertainment systems as a game console or a karaoke machine. Video and sound will be transmitted via BMW stock multimedia system integrating the additional equipment as a new option for your vehicle.
* Total current consumption cannot exceed 2000 mAh.