BMW iDrive Touch market launch in July 2013

News | November 5th, 2012 by 8
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This past summer BMW revealed their biggest upgrade to the iDrive Navigation System since its inception. Along with a wide range of hardware and software …

This past summer BMW revealed their biggest upgrade to the iDrive Navigation System since its inception. Along with a wide range of hardware and software upgrades, the Munich-based engineers also introduced a new way the customers will interact with the navigation system in their cars.

BMW iDrive Touch was initially made available for the Chinese market, but starting in July 2013, BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce vehicles will come equipped with the new gadget. iDrive Touch adds various convenience-enhancing functions to the iDrive Controller, including handwriting recognition as well as navigating in maps.

BMW iDrive Touch market launch in July 2013

Measuring 45 mm across, the multi-touch surface makes certain in-vehicle control functions more intuitive, faster and easier to use. The handwriting recognition function enables characters to be entered with the finger by simply “writing” them on the surface of the touchpad.

Apart from recognising handwriting, the iDrive Touch also makes it possible to navigate freely within the route map shown in the display and zoom in on it, too. The scale is changed using the two-finger pinch gesture already familiar from many laptops und smartphones.

The new iDrive Touch will furthermore allow the mouse pointer to be moved across the display while surfing the internet, just like on a home PC. Pressing the iDrive Controller will then have the same effect as clicking with the mouse.

Here is a demo video explaining how the new touch-based knob works.

[Source: Bimmertoday]

  • Sleepy in Seattle

    Very cool video.

  • ///MPOWER

    Come on know BMW!, where the heck you’re finding these brains to be producing those TECHNOLOGY? Is from another planet?. I have to say that these TECNO are DAM SICK!

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  • http://www.bmw.com/ alex

    This is Alex i’m living in China, i bought bmw F30 in 2013/1/17 but the car made in 2012 and that was my big mistake cause if i know there is new model coming out i will wait until that time just to have the new bmwconecteddrive service.

    Now the new F30 2013 have a bmw online service (Weather,News,Bluetooth Audio Streaming….) which my car don’t have it and its just few month diffrent from my car date and the new 2013 and thats make me feel really so sad,well maybe its my fault bec i dont take look at the Date of production (2012) and saler not warning me about it.

    My quastion now can i have the bmw online service into my car ? there is any update for the 2012 production soon for asia ?!

  • bizjet

    I just bought a new M6 and guess what. It is not available on the M6. Top of the line car and you get tapped. Rip off.

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