Automotive DesignLine Blog
"It ain't a fit night out for man or beast," was the cry one evening earlier this monsoon-fed week at Museum of Transportation in Brookline, MA just outside of Bostonbut the cool Jaguar XK coupes and convertibles we were to drive still had equally cool electronics to explore.
I knew something was up when I got into a convertible (top up, of course) and couldn't find a semblance of a lock in which to put the electronic key. No problem, thanks to passive keyless entry technologyjust press the start/stop button on the center console to fire up the engine. The electronic parking brake automatically releases when the car is put into drive and the accelerator is pushed.
The Alpine center display screen had high resolution (read lots of pixels) and an easy to understand interface (at least for my spin around the museum grounds). But what has to be really cool is the touch screen that allows the driver to keep eyes on the road while accessing features. When the driver's finger approaches the screen, capacitive sensing activates an audible cue to tell what function icon will be actuated if the screen below is touched.