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Garmin Lenexa


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.


  • alanb 556 Points
    It looks like a cool product design, but the name sounds more like a pain medication than an electronic device :)
  • Boyd 1999 Points
    Garmin's names are weird, like the "Viago" app and new "Drive" series. But Navteq changing their name to "Here" is even worse. ;)
  • Spyder63 331 Points
    Did the SP 2620 or thereabouts have a hand held remote control as well? One of my old SPs did and I liked it, especially when running it on the GoldWing. Came in handy in the cars as well.
  • Spyder63 331 Points
    Wonder if it was just named after the neighboring town of Lenexa, KS? I've been to the HQ in Olathe, but don't know if there are any Garmin facilities in Lenexa, but one is darn close.
  • Boyd 1999 Points
    Yes, it had an infra-red remote control. I used it all the time. :)

  • privet01 228 Points
    IMO, until they can get voice controls to the point where you can carry on a conversation with the GPS, the only good way to use a GPS in a car for long trips is to have your spouse or significant other next to you to do everything related to GPS navigation.

    Otherwise while driving it will be too much distraction to set up a new route, do a re-route to your preference or to simply find eats or fuel an hour or two down the road.
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