• Jul 9th 2010 at 6:01PM
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BMW's iDrive features for the iPod – Click above to watch video after the jump

One of the next steps to evolve BMW's iDrive into Connected Drive is increasing the communication the car has with peripherals. In this case, work is nearly complete on you being able to control your iPod Touch (and, we're guessing, your iPhone) and all of its applications using the same Apple interface on the car's console screen.

Not only might it make navigation of your music files easier, but it would make any application you download for your iPod Touch immediately usable in your Bimmer. BMW doesn't give much away in terms of how this all comes together, but does say that the feature will be available on BMW's as soon as early 2011. Follow the jump to see the vid.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet, Thievery Corporation!
        • 5 Years Ago
        At least it's not from The Richest Man in Babylon, which every bar with too much white decor and overpriced cocktails seems to play constantly in order to feel hip.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great group, bad album. Actually all the songs on the album were great, but I can't stand hearing "Yeah, I love (The Shins, Nick Drake, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation, etc)! I only know that one song from the Garden State album, but they're awesome!"

        ugh... it's almost as bad as knowing a band just from "Guitar Hero"

        /music snobbyness
      • 5 Years Ago
      My goodness, the amount of marketese in that video is sickening! You made a cool ipod interface, you did not "enable" new paradigms in the "BMW automotive experience".

      They're also slow. Kenwood has had iPod interfaces of that caliber for years. I love mine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2011 MINI Countryman (and presumably the others) has the same system, according to earlier news briefs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A friend of mine added it to his Dodge Omni GLH. I like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And the saga of distracted driving continues.

      I swear, if somebody runs into me playing Farmville in their dash...Thanks a lot BMW. Ultimate Driving Machine you are not anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love the newest navigaton systems for integrating our mobile devices into the car itself, but, I'm sure some people will be annoyed the entire auto industry is iPod biased. All those android phones get regular "USB" functionality.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude you didn't even say what you're going to do (to the guy who hit you while playing Farmville)!

        But look, I think something like this is better than someone fumbling around on their iPhone, don't you? Steering wheel mounted controls are a lot better than someone reaching into their pocket and fumbling around for their iPod or iPhone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      According to the GPS, that BMW is in the ocean.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm more curious about the BMW-submersible as shown by the GPS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the BMW announcement that they will have 3D support and special BMW-logo'd glasses available
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't believe iPod Out (what is being shown here) supports running apps on this screen, if only because the resolution of the displayed screen is NTSC (720x480) and apps don't support that res. Also, BMW doesn't have touch screens for their NAVs anyway! So apps wouldn't be controllable!

      This will let you play music though using a decent UI, which BMW never seemed able to deliver before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is pretty cool. It's nice that you could use any GPS software that becomes available on the app store right up on your built-in screen. Weather is nice, of course. Movies, too. It would be great if an app developer built an app with this setup specifically in mind and provided full car software that included all the things you might want in a singe app, so you didn't have to dig through the different applications on your phone. I hope BMW is able to implement a touch/pinch to zoom feature to the screen.

      I also like the simplicity of the iPod UI on a car screen. The stuff that Ford did with the Focus, while intriguing, was totally overkill.

        • 5 Years Ago
        A simple check of the weather before I set out for the day has always worked for me. Also, all I need is and MP3 CD capable CD player and I'm set. I can get one of the those from walmart for 70 bucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      woow its love it
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