|Here's how it works:
The functions most important for motoring and safety on the road have been moved to the direct vicinity of the driver.
All primary driving functions are in the area around the steering wheel, offering the driver more immediate access to key controls.
Second level functions are controlled by conventional switches on the instrument panel, like the lights switch or the air conditioning temperature setting.
Many controls are operated with a single large,
multifunction knob located in the console between the front seats. The control consists of a combination rotary and push button for
selecting functions. Confirmation of the selected mode is displayed on a dash mounted screen.
Users can change functions -- from communications to climate control, navigation or entertainment -- by pushing the console knob forward or back, or side-to-side. By twisting
the knob, they can scroll through menus. And by clicking a button located in the middle of the knob, they can select functions.
"iDrive" takes into account the fact that comfort, communication and driver assistance functions are only rarely adjusted while driving. The operating unit in the center
console gives the driver direct access to many other driving functions and information and communication options. Several hundred functions can be controlled with this device.
A computer-type monitor
is positioned directly within the driver's line of vision to the road
ahead. The large monitor in the center of the dashboard displays all the information the driver needs, apart from the speedometer and tachometer, which are conventional analog instruments.
The monitor is positioned within the driver's field of vision, allowing it to be viewed while focusing attention on the road ahead.
The third generation Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) enables the wireless services used by iDrive, with data transfer
rates of 2 Mbps.