Photo credit: Josiah Bondy Lexus is one of the last remaining car companies to avoid any touchscreens in its cars. While you might call this stubborn refusal to jump on a bandwagon (one that’s currently supported by Tesla, Ford, GM, Fiat-Chrysler, and countless others), it might actually rebound as a much more practical way to interact with cars in the near future. Only BMW, Mercedes-Benz, a few Mazda cars and Lexus have stayed firm on what they call their ‘human-machine interface’ or HMI. On a BMW, it’s called iDrive. On a Mercedes, it’s the Command knob. The idea is to make sure drivers pay attention, so you keep one hand in the center console turning a knob and your eyes up and facing forward. You glance at the screen, but never reach over to touch anything, including the sat-nav and radio. It’s almost as though these automakers have never heard about the Apple iPad. Swiped out On many modern cars and trucks, touchscreens are the norm. RAM Trucks recently introduced a screen on the 1500 pick-up that also measures 12 inches. The Tesla Model S sedan has a 17-inch screen that works exactly like an iPad Pro – all swipes, gestures, and taps. On the 2019 Lexus RX 350L, there’s also a massive (but horizontal) screen that measures 12.3 inches and a resolution of 1,280 x 480 pixels. It looks glorious, but it’s also the exact opposite of what you would want as a touchscreen. If you did have to… [Read full story]
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