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Examining the BMW iDrive Interface

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BMW's iDrive Vehicle Control System
BMW cockpit featuring iDrive

iDrive is designed to provide easy access to secondary systems

Photo © Jeff Wilcox
The iDrive system was originally introduced in 2001, and it has gone through a number of iterations since then. Like most OEM infotainment systems, iDrive offers a centralized interface that is capable of controlling most secondary vehicle systems. Each function can be accessed through the use of a single control knob, but later models also include a number of programmable buttons.

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