BMW R 1250 GS GSA - Rider's Manual > Data memory

General instructions / Data memory


Electronic control units are installed in the vehicle. Electronic control units process data received from vehicle sensors, self-generated data or data exchanged between control units, for example. Some control units are required for safe vehicle operation or provide driving assistance, such as driver assistance systems. Control units also make comfort and infotainment functions possible.

Information about the stored or exchanged data can be obtained from the vehicle manufacturer, such as in the form of a separate booklet.

Personal references

Every vehicle is marked with a unique vehicle identification number.

Depending on the country, the vehicle owner can be identified using the vehicle identification number and license plate and with the help of the relevant authorities. There are also other ways to trace data obtained from the vehicle back to the driver or vehicle owner, such as via the used ConnectedDrive Account.

Data privacy laws

In accordance with applicable data privacy laws, vehicle users have certain rights over the vehicle manufacturer or company that collects or processes personal data.

Vehicle users have the right to obtain comprehensive information without charge from the locations that store the vehicle user's personal data.

These locations may be:

  • The vehicle manufacturer
  • Qualified service partners
  • Specialist workshops
  • Service providers

Vehicle users may request information about the type of personal data that is stored, the purpose for which the data will be used and the source of the data.

This information can only be obtained by a registered owner or a person with written proof authorizing use of the vehicle.

The right to information also includes information related to data transmitted to other companies or locations.

The vehicle manufacturer's website contains the appropriate privacy policy notices. The privacy policy notices contain information on the right to delete or correct data. The vehicle manufacturer also provides the manufacturer contact information and the contact information of the data security officer.

The vehicle owner can have a BMW Motorrad retailer or other qualified service partner or specialist workshop read out the data stored in the vehicle for a fee if required.

The vehicle data is read out via the power socket required by law for on-board diagnosis (OBD) in the vehicle.

Legal requirements for the disclosure of data

The vehicle manufacture is required by the law applicable in this context to provide authorities with the data stored by the manufacturer. Providing this data within the scope required is on a case-by-case basis, for instance to clarify a criminal offense.

Government agencies are authorized by the law applicable in this context to read out the data from the vehicle themselves in individual cases.

Operating data in the vehicle

Control units process data so that the vehicle can run.

Examples of these include:

  • Status messages from the vehicle and its individual components, such as wheel RPM, wheel speed and deceleration
  • Environmental conditions, such as temperature

The data is processed only in the vehicle itself and is usually temporary.

The data is not stored beyond the period in which the vehicle is operating.

Electronic components such as control units contain components for storing technical information.

This may be information about the vehicle's condition, component load, events or faults stored temporarily or permanently.

This information generally documents the condition of a component, module, system or the surrounding area; for example:

  • Operating conditions of system components, such as fill levels and tire pressure
  • Malfunctions and faults in key system components, such as lights and brakes
  • Vehicle responses in specific driving situations, such as activation of dynamic driving systems
  • Information about events causing damage to the vehicle

The data is necessary for providing control unit functions. In addition, it is used by the vehicle manufacturer to detect and eliminate malfunctions as well as to optimize vehicle functions.

The majority of this data is temporary and is processed only within the vehicle itself. Only a small amount of event-driven data is stored in the event data recorder and fault memory.

When a vehicle is serviced, such as for repairs, servicing processes, warranty cases and quality assurance measures, this technical information can be read out from the vehicle together with the vehicle identification number.

The information can be read out by a BMW Motorrad retailer or other qualified service partner or specialist workshop. The power socket required by law for onboard diagnosis (OBD) in the vehicle is used to read out the data.

The data is collected, processed and used by the respective service network locations. The data documents the vehicle's technical states and helps with fault finding, compliance with warranty obligations and quality improvements.

The manufacturer also has product monitoring obligations arising from product liability law. The vehicle manufacturer requires technical data from the vehicle in order to fulfill these obligations.

The data from the vehicle can also be used to verify customer warranty and guarantee claims.

The fault memory and event data recorder in the vehicle can be reset by a BMW Motorrad retailer or other qualified service partner or specialist workshop as part of repair work or servicing.

Data input and data transfer in the vehicle


Depending on the equipment, comfort settings and individualized settings in the vehicle can be saved and changed or reset at any time.

Examples of these include:

  • Windshield position settings
  • Chassis and suspension adjustment settings

It is possible to introduce data into the vehicle entertainment and communication system via a smartphone, for instance.

Depending on the individual equipment, this includes:

  • Multimedia data, such as music for playback
  • Address book data for use in conjunction with a communication system or integrated navigation system
  • Entered navigation destinations
  • Data about the use of internet services. This data can be stored locally in the vehicle or is on a device connected to the vehicle, such as a smartphone, USB stick or MP3 player. If this data is saved in the vehicle, it can be deleted at any time.

This data is transmitted to third parties only upon personal request as part of the use of online services. The data transmitted depends on the selected settings when using the services.

Integrating mobile end devices

Depending on the equipment, mobile end devices connected to the vehicle, such as smartphones, are controlled using the vehicle's controls.

This enables audio and visual output from mobile end devices through the multimedia system.

At the same time, certain information is transmitted to the mobile end device. This includes for instance position data and other general vehicle data, depending on the type of integration, and makes it possible to optimize the use of selected apps, such as those for navigation or music playback.

The way the data is processed further is determined by the provider of the particular app used. The range of possible settings depends on the particular app and the operating system of the mobile end device.



If the vehicle has a mobile phone connection, this connection makes it possible to exchange data between the vehicle and other systems. The mobile phone connection is made possible through the vehicle's transmitter and receiver or via personally integrated mobile end devices such as smartphones.

Online functions, as they are called, are used over this mobile phone connection. These include online services and apps provided by the vehicle manufacturer or other providers

Vehicle manufacturer services

In the case of the vehicle manufacturer's online services, the particular functions are described at the appropriate location, such as in the Rider's Manual or on manufacturer's website. The relevant legal information on data privacy is also provided there.

Personal data may be used in order to provide online services.

The data is exchanged over a secure connection, i.e. with the vehicle manufacturer's IT systems which are intended for this purpose.

Any collection, processing and use of personal data that goes beyond the provision of services take place only as permitted by law, on the basis of a contractual agreement or as a result of consent.

It is also possible to have the entire data connection activated or deactivated. This is not the case for legally prescribed functions.

Services of other providers

When using the online services of other providers, these services are subject to the responsibility and the data protection and usage conditions of the respective provider. The vehicle manufacturer has no control over the content exchanged via these services.

Information about the type, scope and purpose of collecting and using personal data as part of third-party services can be obtained from the particular service provider.

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