Garmin® unveils the power of Lenexa: an infotainment system focused on physical controls

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced details of its intuitive Lenexa infotainment concept, a
tactile system for automotive OEMs with practical features that
encourage safety and ease-of-use. Lenexa integrates contemporary
infotainment with tried-and-true physical controls dedicated to specific
functions. Lenexa’s adaptable system was recently evaluated against the
touchscreen user interface (UI) of a popular infotainment solution and
the results have been assertively favorable. The initial results
solidify the leadership that Garmin exhibits in system integration and
UI design by combining traditional physical controls, with the latest
advancements in technology.

The preliminary tests focused on time and task eye tracking studies that
followed AAM (Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers) compliance protocol,
DALI (Driving Activity Load Index), and the system usability score
(SUS), which is an assessment based on post-task questionnaires. In all
three phases of the testing process Lenexa surpassed the benchmark

The Lenexa concept addresses fundamental issues with infotainment
systems that require the driver to use a touchscreen or a multifunction
controller while the vehicle is in motion. In order to minimize a
driver’s tendency to glance away from the road to control
touchscreen-based infotainment systems, Lenexa provides tangible
controls that rely on muscle memory to quickly locate and operate
features frequently used while driving. The system provides “technology
that can be felt” by bringing the most relevant navigation, audio, HVAC
and smartphone function modes to four tactile knobs – these knobs can be
physically bumped in four directions, rotated and pressed. Each action
of the knob is dedicated to a specific function that never changes, by
implementing this, drivers can quickly develop the muscle memory
required to control the system with ease.

“On the surface it may seem logical to give drivers the same type of
touchscreen interface they have on their phones and tablets, but driving
is a very different experience,” said Kip Dondlinger, Garmin automotive
OEM manager of product and user experience. “A better reference can be
found in video games. Game system consoles have always had real, tactile
controls because in a game – like driving – you don’t have time to look
down to find the right button. A touchscreen is still needed in the car,
but a driver shouldn’t have to rely on it for features commonly used
while the vehicle is in motion.”

In general, touchscreen and multifunction controllers require drivers to
sort through multiple modes or menus to access key functions integrated
in their infotainment system. Lenexa prioritizes the functions drivers
need the most on the top level of the UI to keep information efficiently
accessible, further reducing the need for drivers to look away from the
road. Lenexa incorporates a touchscreen for infrequent tasks, and
features that aren’t used while driving such as browsing the map or
entering text.

Lenexa uses cohesive displays that provide a unique and welcoming
system. Each knob has a round integrated OLED display where vital
information is revealed pertaining to each mode and specific knob
function. In order to remain unobtrusive to drivers, the knobs offer a
camouflaged appearance that only comes alive when additional information
is needed between the knob controllers. The result is a less
intimidating dashboard that enhances Lenexa’s functional simplicity. A
portion of Lenexa was exclusively demonstrated to automakers earlier
this year and can be viewed here.

Garmin is continuing to test and refine the Lenexa infotainment
interface and will have more developments to unveil during the 2017
Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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