Garmin® reveals its latest infotainment interface with prominent test results at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced its automotive OEM product demonstrations for this year’s
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) including Lenexa, a refined infotainment
interface with tactile physical controls dedicated to specific functions
inside a vehicle. Garmin first introduced Lenexa in early 2016 and has
continued to mold and modify the system’s innovative design strategy.
New test results incorporating usability and objective driver
distraction data, reveal Lenexa’s influence as it significantly
outperformed other systems that primarily depend on touchscreens,
including head units running Apple CarPlay and Android
Auto. The results prove to be essential as both testing samples – driver
distractions and usability – continue to plague the automotive industry.
A brief demonstration video showing Lenexa’s capabilities can be viewed here.

“Lenexa offers an intrinsic experience where drivers can use its
controls with greater reliance on muscle memory and feel, while devoting
far less time looking down to find specific functions,” said Kip
Dondlinger, Garmin automotive OEM manager of product and user
experience. “There really is no substitute for simple, physical controls
that you can confidently operate by feel.”

Lenexa’s design strategy uses tactile and dedicated controls for
frequently used tasks while a vehicle is in motion. The two tactile
knobs on the dashboard can be physically bumped in four directions,
rotated and pressed. Additionally, the knobs contain an integrated
display that can be optionally utilized during a drive. In most
infotainment solutions today, vital functions are found in the
touchscreen display requiring users to navigate through multiple pages
to reach a specific control page. This can prove to be detrimental for
drivers, as they are required to look away from the road to locate
specific buttons. Meanwhile, Lenexa’s tangible control scheme relies on
muscle memory development to minimize a driver’s need to glance away
from the road. The dedicated controls provide “technology that can be
felt” in order to navigate the system confidently and with ease.

The visual presentation of Lenexa can be interpreted as a modernized
version of the classic two-post car radio with its two knobs, presets,
and lower display. The media player knob found in Lenexa provides
primary controls for all audio sources – including connected streaming
services – while the communications knob enables quick access to
contacts, phone, voicemail, and text message playback. Lenexa’s lower
display screen, located between the two primary knobs, is non-touch and
offers information related to media and communication features. In
addition, Lenexa boasts a larger upper touchscreen that is primarily
used for navigation. Garmin recognizes the need for a touchscreen
display in certain occasions, such as map browsing or entering search
terms with a keyboard. Navigation is most commonly used before driving
begins, making a touchscreen interface acceptable for such
circumstances. On the other hand, audio and phone functions are
frequently used while a vehicle is in motion.

To test Lenexa across a range of demographics, Garmin followed protocol
guidelines from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) and
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) while using its
driving simulator. Across the board, Lenexa tested better than the
competition on average by a factor of four, including the case study
completed for the critical TEORT (Total Eyes Off Road Time) testing
phase. Questions administered to test subjects, after completing each
system task, revealed that Lenexa placed a smaller cognitive load on
drivers while also scoring higher marks for learnability and usability.

During CES, Garmin will showcase several new demos that include its
latest navigation solutions for Mercedes-Benz and Honda Motors. In
cooperation with Amazon, Garmin will also exhibit its in-vehicle
integration of the Amazon Alexa voice service. Lastly, the company will
also share additional concepts with OEMs, including a number of
potential new wearable features for automotive with applications for
ride sharing, customization and security.

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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