eNate wrote: ↑Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:16 pm
I'm really enjoying nav on iDrive 6 in the 2021. Like you say, Arm, it's excellent. Quick, perfect speech recognition, solid database with relevant POI database results, EV-relevant routing, no excessive clicking / confirming. Just... stellar!
But it wasn't this way in my 2017 and the pervious version of iDrive. The database was comfortable, but everything took longer — requesting the search, waiting for the search prompt, clicking and okaying results. It was good, solid enough I used it regularly, but not polished like the current version.
Point being, I just Google and Waze less and less frequently in the latest iteration of iDrive, but couldn't give up the 3rd party nav under the previous version.
Agreed...the iDrive in my 2017 wasn't very good. But my 2019 and 2018 models have much better interface.
Since then, I've never used Google and never ever used Waze.
Quick tip to use Google for directions but still use iDrive:
1) Make sure your phone is linked via Bluetooth
2) Press the Voice Command button and say "Online Search"
3) Say what you want to find like you would to Google
4) The result will show on the iDrive screen.
5) Choose the address and you're set.
No need to use Waze or Google Maps