2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Too Much Real-Time Traffic Info
September 15, 2014
I'm one of the lucky ones. On my commute between Edmunds H.Q. in Santa Monica and Orange County, I get to drive 41 miles each way. Naturally, this gives me plenty of time to familiarize myself with each test vehicle and evaluate, in many cases, navigation systems and their real-time traffic capabilities.
I'm afraid our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has a case of T.M.I., or Too Much Information.
As you can see from the photo, BMW is proud to display traffic conditions not only on the main highway arteries, but also on surface streets. The problem is that I have trouble teasing out the part in which I'm mainly interested, the highways.
The surface street traffic disappears if I un-zoom far enough, but then I'm looking at the entire L.A. metropolitan area and I lose the detail of interchanges, etc.
Thank you, BMW, for all of this wonderful information, but I'd like to select or de-select surface-street traffic in one of your many iDrive menu screens.
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor and Committed Commuter