USA: BMW iDrive Touch that was initially made available for the Chinese market, but starting in July 2013, BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce vehicles will come equipped with the new gadget. iDrive Touch brings several convenience-enhancing functions to the iDrive Controller, including handwriting recognition as well as navigating in maps.
Apart from recognising handwriting, the iDrive Touch enables the driver to navigate freely within the route map shown in the display and zoom in on it, too. The scale is changed using the two-finger pinch gesture already familiar from many laptops und smartphones.
The new iDrive Touch will allow the mouse pointer to be moved across the display while surfing the internet, just like on a home PC. Pressing the iDrive Controller will then have the same effect as clicking with the mouse.
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