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edited June 2016 in Garmin Auto Forum (Garmin Nuvi, Garmin Drive Forum)
Not an actual product, just a concept. Generally speaking, I like the idea. I wonder if this could be a new direction for their dedicated automotive units? My old StreetPilot 2620 had both physical buttons and a touchscreen - sort of a hybrid between their old handhelds and what was to become the Nuvi. I always liked having physical buttons for the frequently used functions such as zooming.
The actual demo of the user interface starts about 3:00 into the video:
The Lenexa concept addresses fundamental issues with infotainment systems that require the driver to use a touchscreen or a multifunction controller while the vehicle is in motion. In order to minimize a driver’s tendency to glance away from the road to control touchscreen-based infotainment systems, Lenexa provides tangible controls that rely on muscle memory to quickly locate and operate features frequently used while driving. The system provides “technology that can be felt” by bringing the most relevant navigation, audio, HVAC and smartphone function modes to four tactile knobs – these knobs can be physically bumped in four directions, rotated and pressed. Each action of the knob is dedicated to a specific function that never changes, by implementing this, drivers can quickly develop the muscle memory required to control the system with ease.
In general, touchscreen and multifunction controllers require drivers to sort through multiple modes or menus to access key functions integrated in their infotainment system. Lenexa prioritizes the functions drivers need the most on the top level of the UI to keep information efficiently accessible, further reducing the need for drivers to look away from the road. Lenexa incorporates a touchscreen for infrequent tasks, and features that aren’t used while driving such as browsing the map or entering text.