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BMW is revealing the next version of iDrive, the tech and infotainment interface that has been at the heart of the automaker’s in-car experience for the past two decades.

The eighth edition of iDrive will be based on a new “curved” display that stretches halfway across the dashboard from behind the steering wheel. The 12.3-inch instrument cluster and the central 14.9-inch infotainment panel will be combined into a single display that is oriented toward the driver.

BMW curved iDrive display

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 The new iDrive will debut in BMW’s new iX electric SUV and the BMW i4 electric sedan  later this year.

BMW New Curved iDrive Display Features

Better Precision with the Control Knob

BMW’s iDrive system combines a big screen with a control knob. The knob and other function keys are positioned near the shifter in the know. Each of the individual keys controls a different widely used feature, such as navigation or media.

Built-In Navigation

 A navigation component is included with the iDrive system. On the right side of the dial is a hotkey called “Map” for navigation.

Skilled Drivers Would Appreciate These Features

Check out the iDrive Professional if you want an updated version of the iDrive. It improves the device with many new features, including a larger navigation screen. The navigation system receives an update as well, with new functionality such as real-time traffic alerts.

Project with Simplicity

The iDrive system’s design simplicity is perhaps its most influential attribute. Because of its simpler controls and information structure, it is one of the most intuitive infotainment systems. The majority of the time, using iDrive means scrolling through well-organized lists of feature controls.

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Using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology

iDrive loads a driver’s personal settings as soon as they start approaching the vehicle by sensing their key fob or smartphone using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. iDrive supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly.

Moreover, there are three driving modes: sport, personal, and efficient. These control driving functions like engine throttle, steering characteristics, regenerative braking, and chassis settings, as well as internal and external sounds. In addition, new modes may be added via over-the-air software updates in the future.

BMW’S decision for vehicle owners

BMW has backtracked on its controversial decision to charge an annual fee for the use of Apple’s CarPlay in its vehicles

According to BMW, the car’s brain would be a major change over previous ones. The onboard computer would be able to process 20 to 30 times the amount of data that previous models could, or about twice the amount of data that could be processed previously. 

Conclusion

BMW New Curved iDrive Display is well ahead of the competition. With all of your BMW’s features in one device, it’s simple to take advantage of the car’s full range of capabilities with technologies, like IoT, 5G, etc. 

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