Car Tech Spotlight: 2014 BMW 328i’s head-up display is difficult to adjust
Driver has to drill down into multiple menus just to change the height and other aspects of the head-up display.
Head-up displays (HUD) help drivers keep tabs on important information without having to take their eyes off the road. The HUD in the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo I recently tested is one of the best I’ve seen.
It provides all the typical information of other HUDs, such as vehicle, audio, phone and navigation info. And I liked that it clearly shows how to navigate very complex intersections and maneuvers when on a route using a lane guidance display, for example.
But one thing I didn’t like is that adjusting aspects of the HUD is too complicated, and the operation is buried deep within the car’s iDrive controller.
The problem isn’t the iDrive controller itself, which took a lot of criticism when it was first appeared and has since gotten much better. (It has also been copied by other car companies.) The issue is that the driver has to drill down through several menus to adjust it.
As you can see in the video below, it takes four different presses of the iDrive controller before you can adjust the height of the display as well as other functions. Compare this with other cars, such as the Buick LaCrosse, that have adjustments for the HUD right on the dashboard and usually use a switch to adjust the height and brightness.
It could be argued that once the HUD is adjusted by a certain driver, he or she doesn’t have to bother with it again. But if more than one person drives the car, it could be a pain – and an unnecessary distraction.
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