BMW launches second generation iDrive


The development process of the second generation iDrive, which started back in 2002, involved the use of mobile driving simulators, cockpit models and two concept cars equipped with prototypes of the new system variants. An evaluation program with a total of 500 representative test persons was conducted at four different locations in Europe, America and Asia.

The new generation of BMW iDrive comes with no less than eight ‘favourite' buttons on the centre console, enabling the user to save radio stations, telephone numbers and navigation destinations, as well as all menu items subsequently available for direct retrieval via iDrive.

The second generation of BMW's control system also comes with four direct selection keys on the Controller for the menu options used most frequently, enabling the driver to spontaneously switch between CD, radio, telephone and navigation functions quickly and efficiently, making the entire system very easy to learn and memorise.

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