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Old 14th March 2023, 12:16   #1
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BMW iDrive 8.5 bringing a more smartphone-like experience

BMW is all set to roll out its new iDrive 8.5 infotainment update in the coming months. All models currently running the iDrive 8 system, will get the new software via an over-the-air update. This includes the brand's i4, iX, 7 Series, X5, X6, X7 and the plug-in hybrid XM.

However, what's interesting is the fact that the new iDrive 8.5 will offer customers a smartphone-like experience. Reports state that the new system is said to have a structure similar to that of an iPhone and will allow users to customise and reconfigure the home screen.

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The system will have a vertical section on the driver's side of the screen for easy access to media, navigation and vehicle setting functions, while a "home" icon at the bottom brings them back to the home screen. BMW also says the new system will have fewer layers, meaning the driver will not have to dig deep to find a specific function, translating to reduced distractions.

The BMW iDrive 8.5 is in-line with the brand's mission of prioritizing touch and voice controls. The brand is also working on the iDrive 9 system, which will get Android software and is scheduled to debut on the 2024 BMW X1.

Source: Car&Driver

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Re: BMW iDrive 8.5 bringing a more smartphone-like experience

As part of my work we look into the infotainment of Merc and responsiveness is a key aspect which was never achieved. Couple of weeks we had a good discussion around why they do not have the experience of a smart phone. We were not aware that other major players are also having the same experience. Good to know that there are improvements in this area. I heard even though BMW is improving its infotainment experience, will still be behind Tesla with respect to UX.
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