The company also takes one step closer to bringing automated driving to its models by showing a highly modified RLX.

Acura is using the Los Angeles Auto Show as the venue for debuting the future of its interiors with the Acura Precision Cockpit concept. Taking inspiration from the latest NSX, the new cabin highlights the tech that is coming to the company's vehicles in the near future.

The centerpiece of this high-tech demonstrator is the screen that displays Acura’s upcoming Android-based operating system. The system uses two dedicated zones so that drivers can swap between viewing audio and weather info while keeping the navigation app instantly visible.

Acura claims that controlling the infotainment system is easier than ever before thanks to its separate touchpad with Absolute Positioning, which seems similar to using a laptop. The input method is supposed to combine the accuracy of a touchscreen and the packaging advantages of a remote-based interface. Touching the pad corresponds directly with what’s on the screen, and there are shortcuts along the bottom. Moving a finger across the outer edges scrolls the display.

Acura Precision Cockpit
Acura Precision Cockpit
Acura Precision Cockpit

The company is also following the trend of digital instrument panels and the Precision Cockpit features a 12.3-inch display. The advantage of this system is that it can adapt precisely to what the driver is doing. For example, the screen could show what the sensors detect during semi-autonomous driving, including other vehicles or pedestrians.

Acura is clear that the Precision Cockpit is a near-production prototype, but the advanced technology isn’t quite ready yet. We can look forward to Acura adding Traffic Jam Assist to its AcuraWatch driver safety suite, though. The system can handle stop-and-go highway driving without a person’s intervention. Someday, the automaker hopes to make AcuraWatch standard across the entire lineup.

As a further sign of what’s coming in the future, Acura is also displaying a special RLX that’s capable of automated driving. To make the feat possible, the sedan has radar, lidar, and gps sensors, plus additional cameras. A more powerful computer is able to process all of this data and let the vehicle drive itself.

Source: Acura 

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