iDrive Overview

Advantages of On-Board Navigation

iDrive knows your BMW the way a portable system can't.
On-board navigation systems like iDrive are installed in the dashboard of your vehicle during the manufacturing process. Some drivers, however, purchase Portable Navigation Devices (PNDs) that can be moved from car to car.

Like iDrive, these GPS-enabled portable devices provide navigation assistance. But the comparison ends there. Because it is integrated with your car's interior functions, iDrive provides greater levels of reliability, convenience and performance.

iDrive offers:

Greater Resale Value: Vehicles with on-board navigation consistently test as 'more desirable' among BMW drivers than ones without navigation.

Integration: With iDrive, all of the vehicle's main dashboard components (CD/Multimedia, Radio, Telephone, Navigation, Contacts, BMW Assist™, Vehicle Info and Settings) are integrated into one system with a single controller.

More Features: Most Personal Navigation Devices only provide navigation, while several BMW on-board models are capable of doing more—for instance, playing DVDs or connecting to HD radio, iPods or MP3 players. Additionally, the on-board monitor offers at-a-glance visibility that is superior to the smaller screens of PNDs.

External Antenna: On-board navigation systems have an external antenna, providing the strongest possible satellite signal.

Real-Time Traffic Information: Some BMW On-Board Navigation systems provide real-time traffic information so drivers can avoid congested roads.