What is the New True Touchpad Interface in the 2019 RDX?
If you’ve ever had to fumble around to try and instruct your car’s infotainment system, you know how frustrating this can be. Cockpit designers may have tried their best to make it easier for you, but you can never seem to line up your intention with the actual cursor.
High time for an improvement? The folks at Acura agreed, so they made a difference.
The Precision Cockpit
This system has been under development as part of Acura’s “precision cockpit” concept and you can see it in action at Acura of Fayetteville.
The idea of a touchpad may not be new, but true precision may have been out of reach until now. Existing versions may have been quite cumbersome and may have required you to stare at the screen to confirm that your selection was correct. The Acura system is completely different, however, as the touchpad is essentially a duplicate of the dash-mounted screen and not a remote-control mechanism.
Consistent and Accurate
With this system, you can touch a position on the pad with consistency and know that you will always select the appropriate button on the screen without confusion. Once you are familiar with the location of your favorite commands it becomes intuitive, as you are using absolute positioning technology, rather than the relative positioning common in systems that are based on a cursor.
Fits Your Hand
The touchpad itself is ergonomically designed so that it feels “right” when you extend your hand and makes it easy for you to interact without taking your eyes off the road. Remember, the central display is still within your line of sight on top of the dashboard, to confirm your selection and satisfaction.
You can also swap between the primary pad and a secondary “sub” pad with ease, allowing you to access additional set-up instructions and options. Once you become conversant with the basic layout and structure, you will be able to interact with your phone, GPS or music library without frustration.
This system is now available on Acura’s third-generation RDX and if you want to see it in action, make sure that you take a trip to Acura of Fayetteville as soon as possible.