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      02-24-2009, 02:53 PM   #1
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09 iDrive a step backwards?

I would most definitely agree that I like the 09 iDrive much more than the old one. It's much more user friendly, and I can get to where I want in the menu much more quickly. But technologically, I think that it's a step backwards. The new iDrive's knob is not dynamic - mean that it's just a simple input device. The old one, on the other hand, changes it's behavior depending on what screen you are in. I think that this can give the drive feed back without looking at the screen. I'm not trying to get in to an argument about driving safety and weather drivers can keep their eyes on the road more with the old iDrive, but I just think that the old one is more fancy and impressive. Why did bmw spend all the time and money to develop this technology and just drop it altogether instead of improving on it?
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