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  • New BMW multimedia system with a touchpad and portable modem

    Jul 12, 2012, 14:30
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    BMW company introduced the next generation of multimedia complex iDrive – ConnectedDrive. Its main novelties are a touchpad built in the top of a control panel (as in some of the modern Audi models), portable 4G LTE modem, navigation charts with 3D city landscapes, opportunity to send SMS and e-mails by voice and upload applications of other developers.

    The size of a touchpad named iDrive Touch is 45 mm in diameter. It is possible to enter address for the navigation system, adjust the map to scale and control a cursor in applications. At first, starting from this year's July, iDrive Touch will be available only for BMW models at Chinese market and could recognize thousands of hieroglyphs. In other countries this novelty with a local languages support function will appear a year later.

    Portable 4G LTE modem is fitted with its own battery, a SIM-card slot and is able to provide the Internet to a several mobile devices outside the car for 30 minutes. Run-time of this device can be enhanced by plugging it into mains via USB port.

    With the use of voice a driver can compose SMS or an e-mail and to dictate a reminder up to two minutes long that will be saved on an internal hard disk. It should be attached to an e-mail then or downloaded on a PC via USB port.

    Besides, BMW will provide other developers with a toolset for making application for mobile devices, that will be compatible with a multimedia complex of the car. These programs will be able to work on Android operating system as well.

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