the 2021 Genesis GV80 yesterday debuted as the fourth model of the first real line of the new luxury brand and the first SUV, which means they will sell more of them than anything else. But why did Genesis copy Lexus’ strange writing system?
Let’s take a look at the center console for the new GV80:
Wow, three different rotary style input systems. What could all of them do? Well, if we get closer, the smallest in the lower right controls the driving modes and the off-road configuration, the largest in the lower left controls the transmission, and the one in the upper right is actually a controller of recognition of writing for the infotainment system. It is the last one I have a big problem with.
To use it, take one finger and extract one letter at a time to spell your entry, as an address for the navigation system. Eventually, a drop-down menu of autocomplete options prevents you from typing the letter “A” for the fourth time while struggling to dodge the bumps of ruined US infrastructure while writing. “Writing.”
Do you know what I don’t want to do while driving? I don’t want to write with my hand. Only my right hand. What about left-handed people? Have you ever tried to paint a blindfold address with your fingers? Have you ever tried it with your non-dominant (submissive?) Hand? Do not! Nobody has. It is an extremely unnatural and unusual method of communication. The only people who should be good at this are those who take notes, and those who take notes write everything today!
Of course, there are redundancies. The 14.5-inch central screen of the GV80 is also a touch screen, and although the press release does not mention it, the beautiful “two-spoke” steering wheel in the photos also includes a voice command button. The surface of the ring around the touch area also seems to be a rotary selection dial, although I had to ask.
So why didn’t Genesis choose something a little more conventional at this point in automotive design, such as a rotary dial, directional buttons, a joystick or just the touch screen? Well, we should see why Lexus justified the technology, since Genesis is only scamming that.
Throughout the year, damn it, 2008, Lexus introduced its own touch panel interface “Remote Touch”, the first conventional car manufacturer to do so, only really followed by Acura ten years later, and now Genesis. At that time, the Lexus provider claimed that its development tests showed that the letter writing controller was definitely fine, Really. Since Edmunds:
Denso developed a prototype called Remote Touch Interface (RTI) and then Toyota tested it with consumers.
Apparently, RTI did not require more physical or mental effort compared to a touch screen. The RTI design offered a screen with better visibility and was physically more comfortable for people to operate the mouse controller than the screen, and the touch screen was more difficult to operate when the vehicle was moving.
Another benefit of not relying solely on a touch screen was to be able to place the screen practically where Lexus designers wanted, since they didn’t have to worry so much about placing it within reach of the driver.
The Lexus system also used the trackpad as the trackpad of a laptop, allowing it to navigate the screen with a cursor. I like this function. Many people use laptops today, so many people could learn this quickly. But there is still a problem of having to take your eyes off the road to track a cursor on a screen. That is simply bad.
And not many people write sentences spelling letter by letter with the tip of their finger. The people who do it are under 10 years old. I have used the Lexus system, at least until I forgot and connected my iPhone to use CarPlay. It is simply not the best way to write things.
Back in 2010, we really liked the trackpad system, but we admit that it turned out to be a problem for the passenger. With a little more retrospective, I’m not sure that technology is the best option if you have the opportunity to see your completely new design.
It is a fair assumption that Genesis wanted the freedom of design not to rely solely on a touch screen, and it is also fair for product planners to think that a trackpad would stand out a bit more than a BMW-style rotating dial, after all, who Are you paying attention? to Lexus right now?
Jalopnik contacted Genesis for more details about its touch system and will be updated when we get more information.
But part of Genesis’ promise is the innovative nature of starting a car company “from scratch” (although I am aware that being connected to two major global car manufacturers does not count exactly as “zero”; in fact, that only hurts Genesis case here).
Writing with your finger is not innovative. The lack of consideration for passengers and lefties is not innovative. Copying Lexus since 2008 is not innovative.
And now Genesis has to have finger letters until at least a mid-cycle update. Will it be controversial? Just as much as the Lexus system, which seems hit or miss between owners and reviewers. But was it the best option? I should probably try first, but my feeling is no.