Technology has improved vastly over the years, and with vehicle technology, in-car systems and infotainment, that’s the expectation from customers too.
Today, car system technology advancements continue in the new Lexus Interface multimedia system. From mobile apps that can connect to a driver’s vehicle and save their favourite temperature to improved Bluetooth connectivity — upgraded and enhanced multimedia features abound in the latest Lexus models or those soon to launch. There are lots of impressive state-of-the-art and new-tech features with the Lexus intuitive and easy-to-use system.
Bigger, Better and No Glare
An available 14-inch smartphone-like touchscreen allows for intuitive and simple interaction with the new system. The high-definition screen (without glare!) allows for easy-to-touch functionality, smart controls, and simple functionality. The system’s main menu is now on the left side and makes it all extremely easy to use. The system’s intuitive design approach makes storing favourite music stations a breeze. Just press the heart button and it’ll be added to your favourites list. Searching for a specific music genre? The menu will show drivers what stations play their favourites too.
With Connected Services activated and the available Drive Connect Cloud Navigation, the crisp and clear map screen can be explored with zoom, pan and tilt functionality with intuitive touch control.
The cloud navigation includes Google Point-Of-Interest search capability, so navigating to a favourite destination has never been easier and you can also share your estimated time of arrival (ETA) with contacts in your phone book. Being Wi-Fi-capable allows for system and navigation updates to be installed “over-the-air” so the vehicle will always be up to date. New roads constructed? Updates will allow the map to include those too.
Help Only A ‘Hey Lexus’ Away
“Hey, Hi, Hello, Okay Lexus” – the new Voice Assistant was designed by Toyota Connected and it’s a game changer. The feature allows for natural language conversation and helps with in-car functions such as changing audio settings or the climate control in select models.
When the available Drive Connect service is activated during trial or subscription periods, the Intelligent Assistant adds even more functionality, such as searching for nearby coffee shops or providing sports or weather information — all by simply making a verbal request.
All drivers have to do is say, “Hey Lexus!” and it tells the driver where to go or what to do.
Goodbye Annoying AUX Cord
Lexus designers have done away with the aux cord usage for the new-generation vehicles. The new system features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, so no more plugging in phones to connect to those options, when you don’t need to.
Hello Better Connection
Ever sat in the driveway frustrated while trying to pair a device? Here’s some good news. The new system is faster and comes with better connection via Bluetooth. Up to five devices can be paired – two at the same time! Now drivers and their passengers won’t have to figure out whose phone is paired, try and disconnect, then re-pair, etc.
More Mobile Control Options
One of the coolest features involves the Lexus mobile app. It builds on an existing function allowing drivers to start the car from their phone. Now with user profiles, drivers can store preferred vehicle settings via the Lexus app. With the user profile paired to either a smartphone device or the vehicle’s smart key, the settings such as music and screen display preferences will automatically be recognised when a driver returns to the vehicle. No more having to re-adjust everything each time a different person gets behind the wheel, which saves time and, honestly, energy.
The user profiles are also transferrable, so drivers can bring their favourite settings to any Lexus vehicle with the new multimedia system.
Connected, Connected, Connected
There’s also a streaming feature now for Apple Music via Wi-Fi Connect, so no matter the service, it can be part of the display when the driver enters their vehicle. The mega touchscreen (and yes, it is that big!) makes it easy to search via genre for a radio station, then favourite it so it’s not lost.
With these convenient upgrades, this new system is certainly putting the “go” in “on-the-go” lifestyle.
The 2022 Lexus NX will be the first Lexus model to include this all-new system. But stay tuned, as other models will join soon. Lexus NX will launch in South Africa in quarter one of next year.