BMW announced that new generation of iDrive in-car infotainment software will be making its debut alongside the all-new 4th-generation X5 (G05), but ahead of that the Munich automaker has shed some light on their new tech package during their ‘Digital Day’ event.
iDrive 7.0, as it will be called, will feature an evolutionary take on the current system’s more tile-based user interface, using live panes to display various apps and their current status.
With the new version, the system is designed to be more proactive instead of reactive, intelligently predicting and showing which functions and information is needed by the driver before being specifically tasked to do so.
This can vary from navigation routes to frequent locations or ones that have been synced from a calendar event, location-based alerts, multimedia recommendations, safety warnings, and vehicle information. Each function, depending on its importance and context, will be displayed either on the central floating touchscreen, the digital instrument cluster, or head-up display.
The system will also feature improved voice recognition and gesture support to supplement the more typical interaction methods of the rotary controller or touch screen. More details will be forthcoming on BMW’s newest in-car software as its full debut draws closer.
The all-new X5 is earmarked for a full unveil in the third quarter of 2018, building upon the brand’s growing line-up of crossovers and SUVs, including the X1, X2, X3, and X4. Just like those models, the X5 will be built upon BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform and be powered by a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines with the possibility of multiple PHEV variants.
Upon its release, the iDrive 7 system software should be available for most new BMW cars that arrived with compatibility for iDrive 6. Naturally, it will also be a headlining feature in the new 3 Series sedan, which will be revealed toward the end of 2018.