What Is BMW Ccc Unit?

Prior to 2007, CCC was the initial iteration of iDrive in BMW vehicles. From 2008 to the present, BMW vehicles have been equipped with CIC, the latest iteration of the iDrive. Changes made from CCC to CIC included a new display, a speedier processor, and a revised controller.

BMW upgraded the CIC iDrive to CIC-HIGH in 2012. The update increased the hard drive capacity, memory, and processor speeds. What distinguishes CIC from CCC on a BMW, as BMW owners frequently ask us? The distinction between CCC and CIC navigational units will be covered in this article.


Please forgive me if this is a duplicate since I tried searching the topic but was unsuccessful. Some CCC professional units in the e60/61 malfunction over time, resulting in the CCC screen becoming blank and not turning on at all, the idrive knob spinning, etc.

The typical BMW response (After attempting to reset the unit with the three button combination, which, by the way, also functions while the ignition is off, with the comfort entry/key), that you will need to replace the unit, BUT, and here is how:

If you manage to remove your NAV DVD by resetting it (by pressing the volume and both eject buttons at the same time for a few seconds), try leaving it out. If your system continues to function normally, have your BMW dealer swap out the DVD reading unit. The most common issue with the CCC (at least in Scandinavia) is that the DVD drive reading unit starts to misfire, which prevents the entire system from starting. If you’re having trouble getting your DVD out, it would be worthwhile to try since a GBP 200 investment is preferable to a few thousand.

Car Communication Computer (CCC iDrive)

The 5 Series E60/E61 was the first production vehicle to have CCC iDrive in 2003. After that, the X5 and X6 were added to additional BMW models until 2009. Throughout its existence, CCC iDrive benefited from two updates, which were released in 2007 and 2008. Some BMWs built in 2009 have the CCC head unit in addition to the new CiC controller (placed on the center console). These vehicles were regarded as “Hybrid” CCC/CiC iDrive systems but are essentially still CCC iDrive vehicles. Display resolution for the 8.8-inch, 640×240-pixel CCC iDrive system.

CCC Between the CCC and the CiC, the iDrive Systems’ antiquated LVDS transmission protocol necessitates an 8 pin, 8 wire link. Your IMI-1000 will be set up to work with the 8-wire LVDS connectors if your system is a CCC system.

If you have any of the following, you can determine if you have CCC iDrive:

1. 2x DVD/CD DRIVES: CCC iDrive Systems use a DVD drive to store and read the satellite navigation map data. If the main head unit has two DVD slots, the iDrive system is a CCC system.

2. The CCC menu system differs from other iDrive systems in that it has a center I and four primary menu items that correlate to the rotary controller’s directional “left, right, up and down” movements.

3. Determine whether you have the NAV option;

The 8.8-inch TFT/LCD display (measured diagonally)

5. Rotary Controller Type – One of the three CCC iDrive rotary controllers are what you will have.

An illustration of the CCC iDrive System, which has a rectangular metal LVDS connector, is seen below.

What are BMW CCC and CIC?

Since the commencement of manufacturing in 2001, BMW vehicles have been using the iDrive control and communication technology.

The iDrive’s goal is to integrate all cabin control features into a single system with a central computer that manages numerous peripherals and is usually referred to as “navigation” (bluetooth modules, video units, radio tuner etc). A joystick-like controller is positioned between the two front seats and an LCD monitor in the dashboard serve as the user interface. You may access the front panel of the iDrive main computer, which typically sits in the dashboard and has a few control buttons (see figure 1 below).

The iDrive computer can be a CCC (Car Communication Computer), CIC (Car Information Computer), or Next Best Thing (NBT), to mention just a few of the most well-known, depending on your car’s model and year. We’ll go into more detail about these computers later.

The driver and front passenger can operate the navigation system, communication system, audio, lights, and video through the iDrive (like bluetooth calls).

Since Rolls Royce is a brand owned by BMW, it also employs the iDrive system. And the Mini automobiles, another BMW brand, use a “Connected” version of the iDrive system.

Can CIC take the place of CCC?

The distinction between the BMW CIC and CCC head units and how to upgrade from one system to the other are often asked questions. To make things clear, the key differences are in the far more sophisticated technology and internet support. The CIC comes with an 80 GB hard disk drive (HDD) that contains current map data from TeleAtlas and can hold uploaded music and operating system files, as opposed to the CCC, which used DVDs and CDs to store maps or music. Unlike its predecessor, which had two drives—one for CDs and one for map DVDs—CIC has a USB hookup in the glove box and just one DVD drive.

A quicker CPU, more potent navigation, a menu with a lot of options, a more contemporary-looking interface, a better resolution screen, and voice control are additional recognized features of the updated head unit. Additionally, you can activate videos and services that are in motion. The Professional unit screen of CIC can measure up to 10.25″ depending on your car model, whereas CCC employs an 8.8″ central information display (CID). CIC also surpasses CCC in terms of screen size.

The screen, head unit, iDrive controller, and trim all need to be upgraded if you wish to retrofit a CIC iDrive in your earlier BMW with a CCC system.

Has the BMW CIC Bluetooth?

Bluetooth audio streaming for BMW You can only skip to the previous or next song if your BMW has the CIC / ENTRY iDrive system installed. You can explore the playlist on the NBT and NBT Evo head units and select any song to play.

A CIC unit is what?

Upgraded hardware (new screen, head unit, iDrive controller, trim). As you can see from the differences between the two images above, replacing the CCC iDrive with a BMW CIC retrofit results in a screen with a higher quality and a lot more complete menu with several options.

What exactly does CIC mean? The abbreviation CIC stands for Car Information Computer, which has a more sophisticated entertainment system than CCC (redesigned controller, enhanced menu navigation, bigger screen dimension, etc.)

Additionally, the CIC head unit is the first to provide you the chance to add an aftermarket CarPlay from BimmerTech. You can presently install our CarPlay retrofit in cars made from 2008, including E-series, F-series (only 5 / 6 / 7 and X3 Series) and G-series vehicles, since the CarPlay MMI Prime compatibility list extended in 2020.

What iDrive system is installed in my BMW?

The iDrive system’s navigation is a crucial component that makes getting from A to B simple. But since roads and sites of interest constantly change, it’s critical to maintain your BMW’s GPS maps updated if you want to get the most out of your iDrive.

Many of the most recent BMW models include over-the-air (OTA) map updates, which use the vehicle’s integrated SIM card to automatically download the most recent map data. The procedure in these automobiles is comparable to updating your smartphone to the most recent iOS or Android version; all you have to do is restart your car after your iDrive has downloaded the data.

For vehicles that do not allow OTA updates, a manual upgrade is necessary. Previously, updating BMW navigation maps required changing a DVD holding the map data. More newer vehicles include built-in hard drives that hold the data, allowing you to update your map by overwriting the hard drive’s contents. You can accomplish this with BMW by connecting a USB stick with the updated map data to the USB port in your vehicle.

It’s a good idea to determine which map version you need, which relies on your iDrive system, before purchasing a new BMW map. Use the settings menu when your iDrive navigation is open to navigate to “Navigation system version,” where you can see the region, version, and year of your current GPS data.

My BMW’s infotainment system can it be upgraded?

As long as their vehicle has a Combox, which works with iDrive and improves numerous technological aspects in your BMW, any owner can perform this type of upgrade themselves. Combox functionality is included into more recent NBT and iDrive systems, making things even simpler.

How much does a new BMW iDrive cost?

I’ve been wondering how much it would cost to upgrade to the newest IDRIVE, so I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. I want to upgrade to a new 2012 or 2013 IDRIVE with all the bells and whistles, but I’m not sure if it will be worthwhile.

Basic CIC idrives with maps, voice control, and video in motion cost between $2200 and $2500; occasionally, a backup camera can be included in that price.

On my 2008, I’ve been meaning to upgrade as well. a full cic with combos, a front pdc, and a rear camera was desired. Like the OP said, it has all the bells and whistles.

Please also PM me. I have a 2008 M3 and would really like the new CIC with the new controller, buttons, etc., Bluetooth playback for an iPod or Droid phone, new maps with a high-resolution screen, and a backup camera would be a good addition.

I was told by the alekshop that I only needed to drive to the dealership to have the software updated, but TECH, if I installed the entire system myself, what tweaking is required later… We would be grateful for any and all information you could give us regarding this retrofit.

You would need to get in touch with me outside of the forum since I’m no longer a merchant here.

I have a 2010 CIC system, but I don’t have internet access, sound streaming Bluetooth, or any BMW apps. I believe all I would need to upgrade to this level is a combox.

Do you market and code the combox? I’m attempting to put up one for the wife’s 2010 E70 2010 X5 with coding. Can you send me any information via private message? thanks!