BMW’s FIZ is full of incredible technology and secret rooms. The driving simulator building happens to have both. And today we get an inside look at how BMW tests various assistance and infotainment systems.
What the video doesn’t mention is that this is where BMW is also testing the next generation of iDrive. When I toured this room a year ago the engineers were clearly working on something new that both combined a typical iDrive type of controller and a multi-touch / gestural interface. They mentioned that touch-screens require more brain process power than input devices like iDrive. But when I asked if BMW would be testing multi-touch interfaces regardless there were some nervous looks and smiles followed by a quick statement about how the future could hold many possibilities.