2016 BMW 7 Series to Feature New iDrive with Touch Screen

Get ready for touch screens and soft buttons. For years BMW has eschewed the touch-screen calling it more dangerous than an input like iDrive. However as consumers have become more used to touch devices automakers have thrown caution to the wind. And to has BMW. Reportedly the system will still be based on the iDrive controller but will allow for some operation via on-screen touch and gestures.

The interface design has also been simplified with a horizontal layout that fit well within BMW’s wide-screen approach and allows for easy scrolling of features and apps (expect more of those).

The new version of iDrive will debut in the G11 2016 7 Series. Look for it to find it’s way to the next generation 5 series before making it’s way to the rest of the G model line-up over the next 5 years.

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  • Herr26

    Essentially this is about the user interface. Internet connectivity is all good and well but the deciding factor will now depend on how you deliver this information to the driver and the co-driver. ConnectedDrive is something already available in our vehicles today. This is the next development using familiar and more popular touch screen technology.

    Here the driver enters a city he doesn’t know. The car is in contact with the environment picking up information about restaurants, bars and entertainment that sink into the car and are delivered to the co-pilot who gets this information on the personal display. The co-pilot can then ask for more information on events etc buy tickets on-line it so all about convenience from your car. The co-pilot then swipes this information to the driver interface, the navigation then directs the car to the destination.

    The user interface will be a much more integral part of the car’s interior and the challenge was to express this technology in a more conventional seamless way. Here the driver has two screens in front of him or her that have a three-dimensional effect so that we can display information in the order of importance – the closer it gets it becomes more relevant to the driving information. Then the head up display projects information in a distance.

    The head-up display uses augmented reality so that you look into the windscreen you see the city, but you see an arrow pointing into the street that you want to go into.