An elegant design and comfortable ride make it perfectly suitable as a commute car. Columnist Doug Newcomb is a recognized expert on the subject of car technology within the auto industry and among the automotive and general media, and a frequent speaker at automotive and consumer electronics industry events. In addition to up-to-date maps, it can dynamically offer alternate routes based on conditions ahead, and can automatically sort Points of Interest results based on relevance. Consumer research conducted with Lexus supplier corporation indicated that the prototype control system required no more mental or physical effort than a touchscreen, plus offered interior layouts with more screen visibility, was physically more comfortable to operate, and easier to use while in motion. The Bottom Line As a controller system Remote Touch is wonderfully simple to use. Some like it, some find the designers went overboard.
Service Connect is included for the first 10 years of ownership. You can see that the surface accepts at least normal tapping, swiping and pinching. Acceleration is fine with a 295-hp V6 gasoline engine; the hybrid totals 308 hp and acceleration is more audible as engine and motor share the work. In the mid 2000s, Lexus began developing an alternative to the touchscreen interface, in light of the latter's restrictions on interior styling and configuration. Unfortunately, despite a few tweaks, the interface doesn't have the most commonly used items at the fore and doesn't encompass all car functions. The first is an exhaust-heat recovery system that reduces engine warm-up time allowing it to stop earlier, more often, and for longer periods. Lexus Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications.
When you push left-right or up-down to get near a menu choice onscreen, the haptic-feedback controller jumps the cursor to that choice, and you feel a little tingle in the controller. The navigation system only shows maps in top-down format, and live traffic doesn't cover many surface streets. The all-wheel-drive system doesn't interfere much with fuel economy. This new mouselike joystick is positioned on the center console, where it falls naturally in the driver's hand. Just like a laptop track pad, the new Remote Touch Interface responds immediately to finger movement. Pinch: Similar to other touch-sensitive mobile devices, pinching the Remote Touch Interface with two fingers allows you to zoom in on display screens such as navigation maps. The available Lexus Enform Destination Assist offers convenient 24-hour access to a live response center agent to help you locate a specific business, address or point of interest.
Normal mode provides the optimal balance of fuel efficiency and engine performance. The boxier provides 16, 42 and 86 cubic feet of storage with three, two and one rows available. Lexus includes a couple of music apps, iHeartRadio and Pandora, with Enform. Of these systems, some reviewers praised their ability to simplify the dash layout, while others levied criticism for reputed complexity and user difficulty, particularly with iDrive. Technology At Your Fingertips Tap: With a simple double-tap you can select a wealth of functions from the Remote Touch Interface, including music playlists, navigation maps and air-conditioning controls.
One of the toughest aspects of in-car technology for automakers to successfully execute is the infotainment interface. And Lexus Enform has one of the most comprehensive app platforms of any automaker with options including Pandora, Slacker, iHeartRadio, Facebook Places, Movietickets. Of course, there are many vehicles today equipped with touchscreen infotainment systems, but they are pretty limited regarding multiple-finger operations and some might be too far from the driver, forcing him to take his eyes off the road and stretch an arm to the screen for some operations. The rear seat is roomy and and comfortable. Blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and reverse gear auto-braking is standard on the hybrid models. But you cannot get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
I found them intuitive to use and liked the look. Although the cursor doesn't snap to buttons, whenever you mouse over one the controller will generate a moment of resistance and a slight clicking sensation. Some smartphones, like iPhone, have the ability to track how much cellular data is used. Yelp, OpenTable, and Facebook Places also help in finding destinations for the navigation system, but sadly lack any voice control. The system allows the operator to freely move the on-screen cursor across any part of the screen. Excellent Safety Suite, Even Better on the Hybrid The standard Lexus Safety System+ suite is exceptional, as it should be. Drive Mode Select enables you to make your vehicle more responsive or efficient with a simple turn of a dial.
Drivers can also quickly access submenus when on screens with multiple options. However, thanks to tireless research and development by Lexus in this evolving field of human-car interaction, we are now able to enjoy the system in most of our models. Remote Touch has two and an , with the motors programmed to reset the controller to a neutral position when the navigation system is activated. Rather, it's for the person who wants an uncomplicated experience behind the wheel. There's also a toggle switch in between to change the scale of the map and also scroll through a list on the in-dash screen. This may not appear significant but the pad is the largest of its kind within the automotive industry. The Good Controller with haptic feedback.
Finally, the flexibility of the new Remote Touch Interface means that it can be customised to create shortcuts to different functions. Overshooting an Icon The overall menu structure and moving through it is actually intuitive, but using the Remote Touch controller to choose items within each menu is challenging, since certain tabs are so small and the controller is so inaccurate. Next, you will need to subscribe to Enform Remote. But no automaker has completely nailed the infotainment interface and reached an industry-leading benchmark. Remote Touch can control most of the car's features, including the sat nav, telephone, audio and entertainment, and climate control. Conveniently located in the center-console box—so that your personal technology stays within reach—the charger also features an indicator light to notify you when your device is fully charged.
You can see an example of this from a similar Remote Touch system we tested in a in. Maybe over time it would become easier to use the interface, but I didn't want to find out how quickly I could get used to it, especially at highway speeds. And, with voice recognition, accessing and controlling App Suite features is easier than ever. The Remote Touch controller sits on the center console. Lexus Remote Touch controller and palmrest Remote Touch is a vehicle interface system present in some cars for use in conjunction with in-car information, configuration, and entertainment systems. This allows for an instant triangulation done by the software and the rest of the hardware to pinpoint that location and calculate the exact coordinates on that surface.