2. BMW iDrive
While BMW’s iDrive system had a rough start back in 2001, recent iterations of it have been getting better and better. Now 11 years later, we regard iDrive as the benchmark for how a touch screen free infotainment system should look and operate. One particularly noteworthy addition in new versions of iDrive is the capability to have a split-screen setup, allowing you to see detailed media information alongside your map screen.
Everything about iDrive is ergonomic and intuitive. Consider where BMW places the knob and surrounding buttons – right next to the gear-stick, so it falls nicely to hand. With the new BMW ConnectedDrive system, drivers can also access their social media feeds and even e-mail right from the car.
The high-resolution (1280×480 pixels) visuals are also gorgeous on iDrive systems. From the 3D maps to the slick sliding animations, iDrive looks like a premium piece of technology much like Apple’s iPhone.