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      09-11-2012, 12:45 AM   #1
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Question about Next-Gen iDrive Touch + ConnectedDrive BMW Professional

Has anyone heard when the iDrive Touch feature will finally see production?

Am I correct in assuming that the F10M5 is at least fitted with the next-gen ConnectedDrive BMW Professional (i.e. 3D rendering when navigating, voice-driven SMS texting, etc.)?
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Yes, 2013 M5 has updated nav.

Is touchscreen assured as a future? BMW seems to believe that touch is not as safe or effective while driving as the standard iDrive knob.
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      09-11-2012, 01:47 AM   #3
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Yes, 2013 M5 has updated nav.

Is touchscreen assured as a future? BMW seems to believe that touch is not as safe or effective while driving as the standard iDrive knob.
iDrive Touch basically turns the top surface of the iDrive knob into a one-finger pointer (mouse):

See demo @ http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=717644
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iDrive Touch basically turns the top surface of the iDrive knob into a one-finger pointer (mouse):


See demo @ http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=717644
Is this in the 2013s or will this I drive be in the 2014?
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BMW hasn't announced anything about this to my knowledge except that it'll be rolled out in China first since they can benefit most from being able to draw the complex and numerous characters in their languages -- but even there I don't remember them giving a release timeframe, never mind the order in which various models will get it.
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3D rendering when navigating????? i haven't seen that on mine, is that something that needs to be turned on?????
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3D rendering when navigating????? i haven't seen that on mine, is that something that needs to be turned on?????
The dealer demoed it to me after inputting a nav location with his voice. Appeared to just be a toggle of the type of map displayed (eg switch between north facing, direction of car, 3D). Or maybe if you zoom in enough it changes to 3D.

Sorry, didn't pay close attention to what he did. Looked pretty cool though.
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Some of the new advanced functions such as pictures in maps and enhanced real time traffic will require subscription to the BMW Assist Convenience plan . You won't get them with the basic BMW Assist coverage
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Some of the new advanced functions such as pictures in maps and enhanced real time traffic will require subscription to the BMW Assist Convenience plan . You won't get them with the basic BMW Assist coverage
Now thats interesting. Any idea what that cost?
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Now thats interesting. Any idea what that cost?
At least in the US, it's $199/year, but to get that you also need the Safety Plan (i.e. standard BMW Assist) which is free for 4 years and then costs $199/year itself. That exists now for other cars, it's not new for this generation of nav, though they may be expanding their available services to cars that support new functions.
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Apparently, the newest gen of iDrive is called iDrive 4.2.

On the Nav, it has 3D city models and has general "Virtual 3D" graphics.

Text dictation for composing emails and SMS text messages only works on some phones (i.e. NOT on the iPhone, etc.).

On www.bmwusa.com/bluetooth one can see what phones are “Office” compatible, specifically with “Sending emails” and “Sending SMS” availability.
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No iPhone support for headline features is a joke.

On my ED trip, Siri seemed to work using in-car hands free bluetooth, but no useful info on car display. Funny related story: we were cruising in the Alps and weren't sure if we crossed over into Italy. I asked Siri "where am I" and She replied "I'm sorry Chris, I cannot provide location based services while in Italy." Boom. Outsmarted her. We used this "trick" several more times.
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No iPhone support for headline features is a joke.

On my ED trip, Siri seemed to work using in-car hands free bluetooth, but no useful info on car display.
Lack of iPhone support for email/SMS has been because iOS thus far hasn't supported the required Bluetooth profile to enable that function; it's not BMW's fault. But iOS 6, which comes out a week from today, is said to add it, so you won't have to wait long. Incidentally, iDrive also supports browsing your music library even while you're connected via Bluetooth Audio rather than USB, but again iOS doesn't, so you can't. I don't think that one is changing in iOS 6. Don't be so quick to dump on BMW for things that aren't their fault.

Better Siri support is coming. Right now it's kind of a hack where Siri is able to hear your voice through the car by tricking iDrive into thinking a phone call to no one just randomly started, but you have to invoke Siri on the iPhone itself, not from the steering wheel. THAT will require work from BMW to fix.
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