With the most recent BMW iDrive update, your new BMW vehicle can accomplish quite a lot. You can now use the touchscreen at the top alongside the eyedrop control in the center console area, so depending on circumstances you have options. Some more features of the iDrive:
The iDrive Navigation can even gather real-time traffic information aggregated from other iDrive systems in the area. So if a BMW is stuck in traffic down the road that you haven’t hit yet, you may be able to find out about it ahead of time.