Acura has just debuted the 2019 RDX prototype – an evolution to the enduring top-seller with five consecutive years of record sales in North America – now equipped with a cutting-edge “True Touchpad Interface”.
It’s fitted with a 2.0-litre DOHC VTEC turbo engine manufactured in the same factory that’s building the NSX’s twin-turbo engine. The powerplant is mated to a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission as the 2019 RDX features the return of Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive, a new Adaptive Damper System and an NSX-inspired Integrated Dynamic System with four driving modes – Sport, Sport +, Comfort and Snow.
The most notable highlight of this new introduction has to be the all-new True Touchpad Interface. It features an Android-based operating system projected onto a 10.2-inch full HD display on the centre console – designed to be in the line of sight of the driver and an interactive heads-up display unit.
Unlike conventional touchscreens and remote interfaces that causes inconvenience to the driver, the RDX’s touchpad is mapped precisely, one-to-one, with finger movements reflected exactly on the display. It is the world’s first application of absolute positioning in the driving environment.
“Absolute positioning transforms the touchpad experience, making it personal, intuitive and particularly well-suited for premium, driver-centric, performance machines,” said senior engineer of user interface research, Ross Miller. “It’s also designed to be adopted quickly and easily, as drivers become acclimated and comfortable in minutes.”