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      11-21-2008, 11:34 PM   #1
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Mercedes iDrive

Mercedes' Web-Connected myComand Takes on BMW iDrive.

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Mercedes-Benz new myCOMAND system has appeared at the Los Angeles Auto Show, taking on the fourth-generation BMW iDrive. Whereas the latter has an Xbox 360 feeling, this one gets some clues from Apple, especially Coverflow and the menu navigation, which reminds me of the first version of the Apple TV and Front Row. One big difference is that myCOMAND is connected to the web, grabbing information wirelessly and presenting it through their own on-screen apps. Looking at the high resolution screens and the feature list, it seems very good:

• Off-board navigation: The GPS is constantly updated, from the maps to the points of interests. It also has a satellite overview and the search language is open: you can write directions without having to follow a format. It looks like the are plugging into Google Maps for this one, although I'm not sure how well the writing will work using their navigation knob.

• Trip assist: This part is quite nice, grabbing information pertaining your planned trip from different web sources and presenting it in a useful manner. You can, for example, see the weather forecast for the trip, as well as giving you the possibility to make hotel and restaurants reservations from the system itself.

• World radio: Instead of using a normal radio, this one plugs into the web to access all the stations available. The menu gives the possibility to access radio via genre. More interesting is the idea of storing your music in a web server and accessing it through the system directly, without the need to connect an digital music player or storing things locally.

• Internet telephony: It has support for voice over IP systems like Skype.

• Web browser: They also include a web browser, in case you need to get more information than the one provided with the thin clients above.

• YouTube: For huh... hmmm. Some reason.

The navigation knob, which looks similar to the Powermate, is simpler than the iDrive 4.0. Our Jalopnik comrades will have to try it to see if their user interface approach is better or not.

(Taken from Gizmodo)

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      11-21-2008, 11:43 PM   #2
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Wow, the interface looks leaps and bounds ahead of whatever is out there today.
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      11-22-2008, 12:34 AM   #3
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its cool..but it is rarely that someone will sit there to surf the web in car! the car is there for you to drive and enjoy!
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      11-22-2008, 12:44 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by bank3r View Post
its cool..but it is rarely that someone will sit there to surf the web in car! the car is there for you to drive and enjoy!

annnd u can enjoy it even more wen you sit in the car and wait to kill time. or are in need to check something up while on the road for business if you don't have good cell phone service.

ugh... this just makes me hate my crappy 07 i-drive even more

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      11-22-2008, 12:47 AM   #5

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Are pics of the new e class out yet? That looks like an e class wagon.
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      11-22-2008, 01:52 AM   #6

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I wish my idrive looked like that
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      11-22-2008, 02:23 AM   #7
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      11-22-2008, 04:00 AM   #8
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yea thats pretty damn sick, not bad at all mbz.
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yup, thanks Merc, it looks good, lets hope this pushes others to take their game a bit higher too... BMW is losing out from the german big 3 right now.
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that looks amazing actually ;p
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yup, thanks Merc, it looks good, lets hope this pushes others to take their game a bit higher too... BMW is losing out from the german big 3 right now.
how is BMW losing out?

Have you seen the Audi navi? it's a piece of shit and not only till recently did the A4 get a big screen navi. Before then, it was just an arrow display in the gauge cluster telling you what your next turn was.

And besides this video is of a prototype navigation, it's going to take it at least another 10 years before it's implemented. Something like this is not to throw in a compact design to fit a car and get going.. and you tube? I am sure they will keep that enabled while everything else is disabled by the onboard nanny.
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looking good,very good.
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wow, thats pretty damn impressive
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thats sick.
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      11-22-2008, 11:08 AM   #18
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So after all that the guy gives the keys back so he must not have liked it
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It is nice to see MB pushing the technology envelope.

Competition will benefit us all. Lexus has already switched from touch screen to iDrive type controller for the 2010 RX.
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Our Idrives are like Atari compared to this. Damn thats nice.
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This looks darn good.
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