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      10-27-2014, 04:14 PM   #1
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Lousy Ratings for Infotainment (iDrive)

Critical, by ranking, not by assessment and explanation.

I can see how iDrive could be better, and am wondering what it takes to be higher rated. My guess is not developing compatibility with iOS 7, let alone 8, cost BMW a few positions on the rankings.

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Maybe the manufacturers should seriously consider integrating a docking port into the dash, ship every car with an iPad MINI, and concentrate on developing a manufacturer specific app to monitor/display that is specific to the car. Let apple and developers do the audio and nav for them. We've already migrated to the 'ipad stuck on the dash' aesthetic, might as well make it an actuality.
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Maybe the manufacturers should seriously consider integrating a docking port into the dash, ship every car with an iPad MINI, and concentrate on developing a manufacturer specific app to monitor/display that is specific to the car. Let apple and developers do the audio and nav for them. We've already migrated to the 'ipad stuck on the dash' aesthetic, might as well make it an actuality.
Sounds horrible! Please never do this BMW.
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Sounds horrible! Please never do this BMW.
Why? I've used every generation of iDrive from the early 'diagonal menu' CCC up to NBT in the i3, google and everything enabled. Anything iDrive does my iPad does better, including using the web, music streaming, and navigation.

It's not getting horrible reviews because of its awesomeness. Things that are awesome don't get bad reviews.

I'm not suggesting that's what they should do, but it's at least worth considering.
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Why? I've used every generation of iDrive from the early 'diagonal menu' CCC up to NBT in the i3, google and everything enabled. Anything iDrive does my iPad does better, including using the web, music streaming, and navigation.

It's not getting horrible reviews because of its awesomeness. Things that are awesome don't get bad reviews.

I'm not suggesting that's what they should do, but it's at least worth considering.
Well maybe not the iPad per se, but the operating system (iOS, Android, Windows - lol would not want Windows in my car). The problem still remains the control. Touch screen is not practical in a car. Touch pad like Audi, Lexus, BMW and Mercedes might be better.
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Well maybe not the iPad per se, but the operating system (iOS, Android, Windows - lol would not want Windows in my car). The problem still remains the control. Touch screen is not practical in a car. Touch pad like Audi, Lexus, BMW and Mercedes might be better.
I agree. All BMW would need to do is make the idrive controller interface with the software on the ipad, i.e. how dension is able to engineer software that is controllable via the iDrive knob. The aftermarket has proven that third party software can be controlled with the stock controller.
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I don't understand who in their right mind likes Lexus's infotainment system. Their displays look like crap, their UI is crap, and that mouse pad they use in so many of their models is more distracting than useful.

I just found using it was very unpleasant and distracting overall.
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Perhaps the companies should you should consider adding the docking dock to the dash, dispatch each auto through an apple company ipad LITTLE, and target creating a maker unique iphone app in order to monitor/display which is unique towards the auto. Allow apple and builders carry out the sound and nav for the children. We've got currently transfered towards the 'ipad jammed around the dash' cosmetic, should make it an truth.
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I'm patiently waiting for highly advanced voice control for controlling everything.
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They are all absolute garbage, all of them. There's absolutely no need for them. I jumped in a 2015 Jeep Compass (rental) yesterday and what a blessing it was with three big fuck off knobs for heat/cold, fan speed and where to blow the air. No fucking click, turn, alt-ctrl-delete twattage i see way too often in nice cars.
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Perhaps the companies should you should consider adding the docking dock to the dash, dispatch each auto through an apple company ipad LITTLE, and target creating a maker unique iphone app in order to monitor/display which is unique towards the auto. Allow apple and builders carry out the sound and nav for the children. We've got currently transfered towards the 'ipad jammed around the dash' cosmetic, should make it an truth.
+1, this is EXACTLY what I suggested.

The car manufactures at some point are going to have to concede to the fact that electronics companies do things like ICE and NAV better than they do and do exactly what you're suggesting.

My best friend just got done integrating an iPad MINI into the console of his 997. Installation is flush, looks and functions perfectly. He has hands free communication, spotify, NAV, you name it.

I love BMW, but they think they do electronics a lot better than they actually do them.

You know that outboard BMW branded NAV unit that the dealer sells? It's a Garmin Nuvi with 'BMW ' imprinted at the top. Do the same thing with an iPad.
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How about making all this optional including the screen smashed onto the dash? Not everyone wants a screen.
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