- The prototype 2015 Lexus RC Coupe will get a center console with a next-generation Remote Touch Interface.
- In place of the current mouselike interface, it appears that Lexus is going with a touchpad set-up divided into four quadrants.
- The updated Remote Touch Interface is designed to help drivers to control automobile technologies and pay more attention to the road.
The coupe is designed to serve as the next "halo" car for the Lexus brand. It fills the hole in the lineup left by the Lexus SC Coupe and the Lexus LFA supercar. The new Remote Touch Interface is a critical part of the equation, since it may find its way into future Lexus vehicles as well.
In place of the current mouselike interface, it appears that Lexus is going with a touchpad setup divided into four quadrants. Hard buttons are still used for the Home and Menu buttons.
The updated Remote Touch Interface is designed to help drivers control automobile technologies and pay more attention to the road.
The first Lexus Remote Touch system was available on the 2010 Lexus RX and HS 250h. When it was introduced, the company said the concept was to help alleviate the driver's "mental load."
"There's a breaking point — a boundary where too many vehicle systems prevent the addition of new innovations, or worse yet, diminish the driver's on-the-road focus," Lexus said.
It called Remote Touch "one of those breakthroughs that just may usher in a new industry standard."
In the first application, the driver has a fixed hand controller on the low center console — a kind of wide joystick that fits under the palm or fingers. The device allows the driver to quickly navigate through the menu of vehicle systems.
Edmunds says: Lexus has yet to demonstrate how the new Remote Touch Interface works, but it should be a step in the right direction.