Originally Posted by mkeath
Either way you have to take your eyes off the road to look at the screen. The iDrive system is pretty nifty, but I think if the screen were angled towards the driver and placed closer, a touch screen would be less distracting. What manufacturers really need to do is start using capacitive displays (the one on modern smartphones) instead of resistive displays (the one used on credit card scanners).
I wish the BMW was able to show you more between the tac and speedo. Merc displays a lot of info there....so you can use your dial but don't have to look to the side, you just look down....might be helpful
In any case, touch screen isn't that good...we have it in our Lexus...it is confusing and distracting, not user friendly.