BMW iDrive 8 Makes Official Debut With 5G Connectivity & Significant Feature Upgrades

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K. Rawat 

Automotive Journalist

April 2, 2021  at 8:28 AM

This new version will be introduced with the all-electric BMW iX and i4 and will have an All-encompassing driver-vehicle interface with a large combined, curved display. The iDrive 8 gets an Enhanced BMW Personal Intelligent Assistant with 5G connectivity as well.

After a lot of anticipation, BMW has officially revealed its eighth-generation i-drive infotainment system. This new unit will make its debut in the company’s upcoming all-electric iX SUV and the upcoming all-electric i4 sedan, which rivals the Tesla Model 3. Though we'd seen the brand new setup, BMW has revealed the more delicate information on brand new abilities and functions.

BMW's newest i-drive will offer a degree of wisdom and cloud-based machine-learning with its fresh "BMW ID" system, substituting 'BMW ConnectedDrive' to track repetitive routines and offering suggested attributes.

BMW iDrive Rotary Dial persist on the all-electric BMW

Satellite navigation has a feature known as "learning Navigation," which may provide live traffic information, despite the destination not being input, using its own 5G connection. For instance, the device will assess the typical route taken for work and will also allow you to know whether there is an accident or traffic jam to prevent. 

Huge Curved Display

My Modes' function also permits longer highly-integrated presets predicated on who is driving, with the device recalling the particular taste for just how the car works on the street, for example, drive style, transmission controller, steering wheel, and also artificial engine noises. The rotary dial remains on the center console, as always, there are a dedicated volume knob and some touch-capacitive buttons, which are easier to use than touchscreens.

BMW i-Drive Driver Orientation

New iDrive systems will operate on a rounded display, including a 12.3-inch information monitor and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen into one single unit, with a high profile resolution of 200 PPI. Computer software upgrades 'over the air,' whereas third-party programs (such as music-streaming programs) are likely possible.

BMW has created a new method of information display called “Act, Locate, Inform.” Using navigation as an example, the head-up display tells the driver what to do (Act); where to turn, how fast the speed limit is, and even lane recommendations.

14.9-inch, 200 PPI, ultra-high-resolution widescreen

The new iDrive comes with an upgraded version of this BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. Users can now give the voice-assistant program a name in the choice, and also, the device uses visual drives on the info displays when tackling tasks. BMW keeps the rotary knob that is turned into part iDrive, which enables the motorist to sift through menus from toggling vertically or horizontally. The control is currently a crystal rather than a dark plastic dial.