With the Precision Cockpit Concept, Acura is playing catch up with its in-cabin technology, an area in which it’s been a step slow in its current generation of vehicles. The luxury automaker debuted the concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The display was just two front seats and a steering wheel from the Acura NSX on the stage with some screens, but even though it may not look like much, don’t sell it short. There are some new things in store for Acura that are worth getting excited about.
As with all concepts, the Precision Cockpit offers a mix of technology that hints at the distant future alongside some features that are more concrete, which Acura says should arrive within the next few years. Acura first showed the Precision Concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; the Precision Cockpit Concept showcases the technology and design that works hand in hand with the previous concept.
The Precision Cockpit Concept has two screens with 12.3-inch widescreen high-resolution LCD displays, but they show different content to the driver and serve different purposes.
The screen in front of the driver replaces the traditional instrument panel, and Acura used it for demonstrations of how the screen could interact with safety technology and autonomous driving capabilities in the future. Acura believes that people are more likely to trust the safety technology in their vehicles if they can see it in action, said Ross Miller, senior engineer for the Precision Cockpit developmen
The demonstrations did just that, augmenting semiautonomous and autonomous self-driving technology by showing the driver what the car is seeing. The system highlights in green cars around it that are moving, or active, while leaving cars that are parked in white. There were also demonstrations of other applications, such as a merge assist function that tracks vehicles already on the highway and shows a space (highlighted in green) when there is enough room to safely merge. There’s also a view that shows pedestrians and cyclists, along with their predicted paths, for safer avoidance.
This technology won’t be available for years, but Acura says the interface should be available on its vehicles within the next few years.