The car manufacturer BMW presented on Monday (15) the eighth version of iDrive, the information, navigation and entertainment system of the company’s cars.
Visually, the iDrive 8 has just gotten bigger: it runs from a curved panel that starts behind the wheel and expands almost to the passenger seat – something made possible by the combination of screens showing details of the journey (12.3 inch), such as speedometer, map, and fuel or battery level, using the display to play varied content (14.9 “).
Everything with your face
The iDrive’s main controller has been kept away from old models: a wooden-topped rotating disk that concentrates some of the system’s controls.
Improvements have also been made to the voice command recognition, user interface and machine learning sectors, which operates entirely in the cloud and improves data processing up to 30 times. All updates – and BMMW promises there will be many – will happen automatically, gradually adding more content to the system.
The platform also has different navigation profiles, which can be selected or adjusted by the driver. They determine the driving style and needs, such as smoother rides or an energy-efficient mode.
In terms of connectivity, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported by default.
Ready for the future
BMW’s goal is to make the iDrive 8 a system practically ready to use an autopilot, with the promise of autonomy up to level 3 – one where the driver can leave the most important tasks behind with the vehicle, but must be ready to take control. of the car at any time.
The iDrive 8 will debut in two new models from the automaker: the iX electric SUV and the i4 electric sedan, both of which are expected to receive the platform by the end of 2021.