2023 BMW X1 will launch iDrive 9.0 minus the rotary controller
BMW car started popularizing its model line with iDrive 8.0 two years ago in iX and i4. Because the software currently determines so much of the vehicle’s progress, BMW will drop iDrive 9.0 in just a few months. Blog BMW report the brand new platform gets rid of the Linux iDrive system it’s currently built on, switching to Google’s Android Automotive for better integration and faster operation.
iDrive 9.0 based on open source Android Automotive instead of Google Automotive Services. Using the former gives BMW more access to the vehicle’s software and additional remote diagnostic options. The first products to benefit from the upgrade are new products X1 units manufactured since March of this year and coming X2 and 2 Series Active Tourers. The new one Small cooperative and the production Aceman coming out later this year also have iDrive 9.0, with a dedicated interface for the Mini. The Munich-based automaker says it wants to start rolling out bread and butter carts to lessen the impact of potential teething problems.
We’re still missing most of the details about what iDrive 9.0 will bring to the cabin. BMW Blog posted an image from a presentation with the caption, “3D navigation, flexible touch layout, content orientation”, while automatic ward speak The picture above is the new home screen. All executives will assume we’ll see voice control upgraded, certainly part of the upgrade process. machine ghost named Dee it’s (who?) coming soon with the Neue Klasse cars due in 2025 and a new, simplified digital HVAC controller.
The rotary controller that has been an iDrive feature since the system’s introduction in 2001 has disappeared in the smaller models that introduced iDrive 9.0. The larger, more expensive model will retain the knob as they make the transition, potentially suitable for an older audience that doesn’t need to be ahead of the digital wave.
Internet usage and OTA updates will take advantage of 5G speeds, as well as a new “Customer Digital Ecosystem” that is the hub for apps, messaging, e-mail, and news.
What about big cars? Since they are on the Linux-based iDrive 8.0, it is not possible to convert them to the Android-based iDrive 9.0. BMW software centers have coded a major update called iDrive 8.5. To show first in i5 before moving the series to 7 Series and i7iDrive 8.5 is said to match the functionality and feature set of iDrive 9.0 app store.