TechTalk BMW iDrive With Operating System 8

Published on October 13th, 2022 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


New BMW iDrive With BMW Operating System 8 Arrives

The all new M2 debuts a brand new iDrive system for future BMW’s

The new BMW M2 was recently unveiled with deliveries starting in 2023. This new compact rear wheel drive sports coupe also treats its occupants to the latest-generation BMW iDrive multi-sensory vehicle experience in the form of the standard-fit BMW Live Cockpit Plus.

Based on BMW Operating System 8 which was announced in June this year this new system expands the current “BMW Operating System 8″ in certain models with a variant that integrates “Android Automotive OS” (AAOS).

The announcement was made by Stephan Durach, Senior Vice-President Connected Company and Development Technical Operations at the BMW Group, at the Automobil-Elektronik Kongress in Ludwigsburg.

In this new variant of the “BMW Operating System 8”, the user experience, applications and user interface design are also developed and implemented in a BMW specific way.

In the current version of “BMW Operating System 8”, the infotainment module is based on Linux. With the integration of AAOS, the BMW Group is expanding its technology path with an infotainment module that will bring even more flexibility to the “BMW Operating System 8”.

The basic software layer of this new version of the “BMW Operating System 8” remains Linux.

This layer is used, for example, to control the remote software upgrade, with which BMW has been able to upgrade every line of the vehicle software over-the-air since 2018. This includes the areas of infotainment, driving, driver assistance, comfort and safety.

This new BMW iDrive system offers many more ways for drivers to enjoy easy, intuitive, multimodal control of vehicle, navigation, infotainment and communication functions and also to use digital services.

When it comes to functionality, control/operation and comfort, the standard equipment features in the new BMW M2 follow the lead of its powertrain and chassis technology by placing the emphasis squarely on focused driving pleasure.

The compact high-performance sports car’s cockpit with its driver-centric design features M-specific readouts, controls and setup options, as well as the advanced BMW Curved Display.

The inclusion of M Drive Professional as standard allows drivers to hone their skills at the wheel of the new BMW M2 with functions such as the M Drift Analyser and M Laptimer while revealing in authentic racing flair.

The BMW Curved Display which was first shown in the new 7 Series and the continually expanding capabilities of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant mean the system has been deliberately geared towards interaction using natural language and touch control.

‘M’ specific display content gives added impact to the design of the new BMW M2 cockpit with its strong emphasis on performance and focused driving pleasure.

As a result, the advances over the outgoing model are evident not just from the car’s sharper performance but also its far more extensive standard specification.

A focused selection of options is available for enhancing driving comfort or adding visual flourishes to both the exterior and interior, allowing owners to customize their new BMW M2 in just the ways they want.

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