FRANKFURT – While some auto makers are wed to aircraft-like interiors with a switch or button for every control, there is a growing trend for automotive cockpits dominated by a display screen of menus for such functions as navigation, telephone and infotainment. Although BMW AG was widely criticized for its iDrive system, introduced in the 7-Series two years ago, the concept cars shown here recently at the Frankfurt auto show amounted to industrial justification of the risk BMW took. The ...

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