Acura Precision Cockpit Previews a Future Control Interface in which Doesn’t Suck
At the 2016 Detroit auto show, Acura rolled out its fantastical Precision concept car, previewing its future external design themes in an extreme form. The concept had an Inner surface, however the idea was just as crazy as the external. At the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, Acura is actually showing something more production-ready (as well as, frankly, more relevant): the Acura Precision Concept, a vastly toned-down edition of the concept car’s design with Acura’s brand-new touchpad-based interface.
The seat buck includes some hardware lifted by the NSX sports car, including the steering wheel, the drive-mode selector knob, as well as the same insanely comfortable seats. The dual-layer dashboard design was previewed by the concept car however is actually rendered in which time in more producible proportions as well as covered in black stitched leather. In front of the driver is actually a 12.3-inch screen in which contains primary gauges as well as additional driver-oriented content; on top of the dashboard is actually another 12.3-inch dual-zone wide infotainment screen.
The big news here is actually Acura’s brand-new interface for the latter display, which is actually controlled by a slightly concave tray of switchgear nestled into a soft open-pore wood tray using a padded leather wrist rest beneath the center stack. The largest portion of the tray, measuring about three inches by two inches, is actually a slightly sunken touchpad in which uses “absolute positioning” to align actions on the touchpad with those from the larger (left side) section of the screen. Touching the idea lightly with one finger navigates the screen, while pressing the idea makes a selection or an adjustment. To the right of the touchpad is actually smaller sunken section in which controls the right side of the screen, on which a different app—say, for weather, notifications, or audio—can be viewed. Three hard buttons across the top include a “back” function, a home menu, as well as a button to switch between apps on the larger versus smaller sections of the screen. Sadly, no audio volume knob is actually in sight. Yet.
We spent a fair amount of time poking around the system with the folks who designed the idea as well as found in which the idea works fairly intuitively, certainly more effectively than Lexus’s clumsy Remote Touch interface. additional trick features of the Precision Cockpit include graphics as well as colors in which change according to the chosen drive mode—white for Snow, blue for Comfort, Red for Sport, as well as Orange for Sport Plus. The display ahead of the driver uses what Acura calls a 3D engine to support a dynamic format in which shows additional cars, objects, pedestrians, cyclists, as well as more. When autonomous driving becomes a thing in Acuras, the idea will be able to recognize additional vehicles being driven in autonomous modes via vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
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As Acura attempts to rejuvenate its image, we expect the company to take risks like in which. At first blush, in which ergonomic rethink appears to work pretty well as well as to set Acura apart by the crowd. We’ve certainly seen worse systems come out in recent years, as well as we look forward to seeing in which one installed in a real car. When might in which be? in which’s anyone’s guess; all Acura said is actually in which the idea will– appear sometime from the next few years.