About BMW E60 CIC
Founded in 1916, BMW is a German car manufacturer based in Munich, Germany. One of the biggest and best-known car manufacturers in the world, they produce high-end machines for a luxury consumer market. BMW often use electronics such as dashboard computers in their cars, and the BMW iDrive E60 CIC is one of these. Found in their BMW 5 Series, a luxury sedan and station-wagon car, this device is often standard-issue in vehicles bought from the dealership.
The iDrive E60 CIC is built into the dashboard with controls on the centre console. It controls secondary functions within the car, such as the air conditioning, heating, navigation, communication (when twinned with a smart phone) as well as the audio setup within the car, whether the radio, CD player, as well as some supported auxiliary devices such as MP3 players or iPods.
The CIC system is a vast improvement on previous models, with a higher resolution screen, more responsive controls, improved firmware, and support for internet access within the vehicle. Maps for the GPS are stored on an inbuilt 80GB hard drive, which has space for 8GB of music to be added via the inbuilt USB port fitted inside the glove box.
It is possible to retrofit the E60 CIC into other BMW vehicles, or indeed the 5 Series if it was not sold with one included. However, customers should make sure to consult a working mechanic or electrician before purchasing, as these procedures are inadvisable to those with little experience in customising cars.