The BMW iDrive system is a high tech way to give drivers control over important vehicle functions without distracting them from the road. It allows you to control entertainment and navigation and provides important engine information.
The system and its implementation were developed using the latest biometric studies and principles. The idea is that it is easy to use– you only need one hand and its intuitive design means you don’t need to take your eyes off the road.
There are four key pre-assigned buttons for phone, radio, CD, and GPS. There are another eight buttons that you can program for whatever you wish. Many people use them for frequently called numbers, favorite radio stations, and similar functions. iDrive can be voice commanded in many models, which makes it even more convenient and even safer.
The BMW Head-Up Display uses a high-resolution screen with anti-glare to make it easy to read anytime of day. It is located above the central console. The display projects important driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight.
The position was determined to be the most comfortable for drivers. It operates much like any other computing device, which makes it simple to use right off the bat. It uses visual elements and animations that also make it fun.
It contains a projector and a system of mirrors that beams an easy-to-read, high-contrast image onto a translucent film on the windscreen, directly in your line of sight. The height can be adjusted to be ideal for whoever drives the car.
Improvements are constantly being made. There have been more colors added which makes the display even more useful. The additional colors make it easier to discern speed from warning signals, for example, making the driving experience that much smoother. Night vision and pedestrian warnings are now clearer and further reduce required reaction time from the driver.
The BMW Head-Up Display can easily be adjusted horizontally or vertically, by using the iDrive Controller for optimal viewing. This increased picture rotation means the BMW Head-Up Display is individually adjustable. All in all, it enables you to register information much faster, without having to take your eyes off the road.