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November 12, 2021

It is literally the overlooked part of a car. Yes, we’re talking about steering wheels and how far they’ve come in the past 100 something years at BMW.

Even though they are one of the most important contact points with your car, they still don’t get the attention that they deserve – and the same goes for all the other technologies that help control your car, like iDrive, voice control and so much more.

So get yourself into the right seating position for this episode and get ready for a journey through history with Nicki and Jonathan!

4:40 The beginnings: the BMW 3/15
6:35 The BMW Turbo in 1972
9:24 Buttons on the steering wheel with the 7 Series (E38)
13:13 Voice control with the 7 Series (E65)
16:19 Introduction of iDrive
19:49 Head up displays (HUD) appear in the 5 Series (E60)
22:12 Live Cockpit, BMW Operating System 7 and Intelligent Personal Assistant
26:20 The next step in the BMW iX

And if you want to read more about the innovations that help you control your BMW, go to

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