What settings will you change with I-Drive while you are driving? AC? Its controlled by the same buttons on the dash in the same place where they had been. Radio Stations? CD tracks? Those also you can switch by using steering wheel controls. Additional functions are available through voice command. If you need to change some other settings, I HIGHLY doubt you will be changing those while driving.ihavedrivenanm1 said:i-Dive [and other similar systems] is, IMHO, an over-engineered solution in search of a non-existent problem.
First, buttons are more intuitive and easier to use and over time one becomes almost subconsciously aware of where each button is and what function it performs such that the driver can push said button or turn said dial in a completely intuitive way without taking ones eyes off of the road.
With i-Drive you have to take both your and attention eyes off of the road. There is also a brain-response learning curve that must be accesses every time you use I-Drive because of its need for visual attenuation and reciprocal verification.
Second, and even more important, there is a [relatively speaking] non-intuitive, multi-step process that one must go through to make an action or to receive information with I-Drive; Eyes look at screen, brain conceptualizes what function is desired, brain sends hand to controller, brain has to remember how to use controller each time that it is accessed, driver must visually and physically scroll through various options and when the desired option is achieved it must be visually verified and checked and verified again by the brain.
The notion of a few well placed buttons, switches and dials [being not only much more intuitive] is far more in character with the notion of a true driver's car where the utmost attention should be focused on the road ahead, no?
I submit that most of those who purchase '3's with i-Drive will do so [either consciously or subconsciously] because the owner thinks that it is a cool, high-tech gadget or because they feel it makes the cabin look better; both of which are perfectly valid reasons.
Just please don't try and tell me that i-Drive is in any way a better system from a performance and operational point of view.
No because with i-Drive everything must be visually verified which isn't the case with buttons. With i-Dive even the starting place in the sequence must first be visualized. Buttons and dials don't move; they are always in the same place.CoasterLonghorn said:Theoretically, if someone can remember what button does what without looking, wouldn't they also be able to remember a sequence of clicks that does that same thing?
I will admit that the i-Drive system in the '3' is less ridiculous than any of BMW's others but until the system is 100% voice activated/voice confirmed [like the Honda/Acura system] then buttons are still more accurate, more intuitive, safer, and much more driver-friendly.leshik said:What settings will you change with I-Drive while you are driving? AC? Its controlled by the same buttons on the dash in the same place where they had been. Radio Stations? CD tracks? Those also you can switch by using steering wheel controls. Additional functions are available through voice command. If you need to change some other settings, I HIGHLY doubt you will be changing those while driving.
Switching radio station presets? How frequently does one do it? With 12-18 presets available?
Don't you still have the steering wheel buttons to change radio stations, cd tracks, radio modes...? I personally think that I-drive is great, I wonder, however, if the younger users are more likely to adapt to it and like it than the older users, it probably was not a good idea for BMW to bring it out in 7 and 5 series before the 3 series since they have even older markets...thelookingglass said:While I agree that techological evolution is great, let's not forget that technology's purpose is to make life easier for its users. Adding multiple steps to a task that previously only took one step is *not* ideal technological innovation. Sure it's great to now have the "customizability" that I-Drive provides, but the simplest tasks should remain simple. Changing radio stations previously took one press of a button. It shouldn't take two (or more) with I-Drive. Maybe a nice balance could be had by simply adding just a few more buttons to the dash.
But you have the buttons for AC, Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3) What else do you need the buttons for on day-to-day basis?ihavedrivenanm1 said:I will admit that the i-Drive system in the '3' is less ridiculous than any of BMW's others but until the system is 100% voice activated/voice confirmed [like the Honda/Acura system] then buttons are still more accurate, more intuitive, safer, and much more driver-friendly.
Auto journalists can be such idiots. There's a radio knob for that! And there are separate climate controls/knobs as well.I've complained in the past that feature-laden luxury cars have dashboards cluttered with too many buttons and controls. I admire BMW's attempt to tidy things up, but iDrive simply adds too many steps to things that should be simple, like turning the stereo off.
I haven't used idrive yet, but that wont' stop me from interjecting. How many cars have gotten wrapped around trees while the drivers were fiddling with radio knobs? I think it's as dangerous to lean forward and watch your finger renevouz with buttons. At least, you don't have to move your arm or take your eyes off to get your hand on the knob of idrive. And I think idrive can be improved, if not already, so that people can quickly learn to do routine things with a couple of clicks without looking at the screen. If people can figure out 60 buttons on command system, they should be able to figure out click-click-turn. And I wouldn't call the keyboard-ful buttons intuitive.ihavedrivenanm1 said:The point that I was trying to make is that i-Drive is in fact a less intuitive system [in terms of synaptic response] that absolutely requires one to take their eyes off of the road which is inherently less safe and less 'driver' oriented, all of which are really pretty objective facts and not opinion.
With the I-drive you will have to take your eyes from the road too. How in the world you are going to read the bloody navigator screen. I think I-drive is not worthed its price.tksung said:I think it's as dangerous to lean forward and watch your finger renevouz with buttons. At least, you don't have to move your arm or take your eyes off to get your hand on the knob of idrive.