NEW YORK — The 2019 Acura RDX infotainment hub is commanded by a new touchpad technology that the company says will make controls more intuitive and easier to use while driving.
The "True Touchpad Interface," shown in the RDX last week at the New York auto show, uses absolute positioning, so when a user wants to access a function on the top left of the screen, for instance, they tap the top left portion of the touchpad to highlight it. Acura says this is the first time absolute positioning has been deployed in the driving environment. Acura said the interface doesn't require people to locate a cursor on the screen while navigating the touchpad.
The touchpad has a slightly concave shape to give users "tactile feedback," a spokesman said, and make it easier to find the pad's center.
Along with Acura's push-button gear-shift arrangement, the touchpad creates an unconventional layout for the center stack and console. The touchpad-operated screen is set higher than a typical touch screen would be.
"We needed the screen high and forward in your natural line of sight," a spokesman said during a demonstration. A touch screen, while intuitive, requires the screen to be lower in the center stack so the driver can reach it.
The screen has two sections, a main zone in the middle and a smaller secondary area on the side so users can view features such as music and navigation at the same time.