BMW introduces the onboard automotive stenographer within ConnectedDrive
In the dark and distant past, that’s exactly what a stenographer did for busy executives. Now even the blue-collar worker (with a new BMW, that is) can have such service at their beck and call in the dashboard of their new vehicle.
BMW ConnectedDrive is world renowned for state-of-the-art car concepts enhancing the driving experience. The new level of functional display marks another milestone in the development of the system, demonstrating the brand’s commitment to leadership in the telematics field.
The next generation BMW Navigation system.
In 1994, BMW released the first vehicles with a built-in navigation system in the BMW 7 Series, first appearing in the US during 1997. The next generation of BMW’s Navigation system sports fresh design features plus greatly enhanced controls.
The new BMW ConnectedDrive system will first show up in models coming to the US this fall, including the BMW 5 Series, 7 Series, as well as the BMW ActiveHybrid 3, with other models to follow.
Remarkably, individual menus are arranged in virtual three-dimensional formats with calculations performed in an instant. Providing not only easier scrolling and browsing, the system features a 1.3 GHz processor with a dedicated 3D graphics, also offering top-quality animation with quick screen refresh to improve the whole experience.
While the proven menu navigation of the previous system has been retained, new functions are added to enhance the system’s capabilities. For example, a new kind of layering and graphic display has been added so when sub-menus are selected, they are arranged on the right, while the former selections are ghosted, but still visible in the background on the left. Tactile feedback is accompanied by visual confirmation, allowing a clear view of the current position within the menu structure on display.
At the same time the navigation itself has been upgraded, though destinations are still entered via country, city and street, the chosen site is simultaneously displayed via map view in the split screen. If necessary, the driver can use a zoom function to change the section of map shown and make sure the correct destination has been entered.
High Guiding and 3D City Models.
In normal route guidance, the familiar directional arrows of the split screen are now enhanced by a High Guiding view, which augments detailed navigational data in the instrument cluster, the center screen, as well as in a Heads-Up Display. This view is activated when within a certain range of the next maneuver, from a distance of about 985 feet, in visually unobstructed areas and 490 feet, in urban areas. The arrow display then provides a detailed bird’s-eye perspective of the area. Timely lane change directions are included. As the driver comes right up on the maneuver, the display gradually shifts from the bird’s-eye view to an overhead view of traffic. A precise indicator of the vehicle’s real time position is an aid allowing the close tracking of progress.