What Is the Function of the IDrive Feature in BMW Vehicles?


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The iDrive feature found in some BMW vehicles puts all of the integrated navigation, entertainment, communications, signaling and interior controls at the driver’s fingertips. The system features a toggle controller and seven keys, allowing for single-hand operation so the driver can keep at least one hand on the wheel at all times.

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What Is the Function of the IDrive Feature in BMW Vehicles?
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On-board navigation using iDrive allows for quick and simple operation to ensure drivers get safely to their destinations. The toggle controller is located at the same level as the shifter, making it easy to reach and operate. The system also works with the vehicle’s integrated communication setup, allowing the BMW vehicle to store up to 100 phone numbers and provide hands-free calling for drivers and passengers. BMW Assist is also included on select models, which integrates navigation and communication for emergency situations or further assistance with travel in unfamiliar locations.

Other functions put at users’ fingertips by the iDrive system include the ability to access connected media players and adjust the radio quickly and intuitively. Some models feature integrated DVD players and other entertainment devices that work with iDrive. The iDrive system also features one-touch control over the locks, windows and other adjustable elements of the car, including heating and cooling, and users have control over the signaling functions as well as the interior controls of the vehicle.

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