The Acura True Touchpad Interface is a new way of controlling the ever-increasing number of infotainment features populating today’s cars. Although it’s similar in some respects to the interfaces of other brands, it is indeed unique, and debuts on the 2019 Acura RDX before eventually trickling out to the brand’s other crossovers and sedans.
In this video, we demonstrate how the new True Touchpad Interface works.
Like other systems, it relies on a dash-top screen controlled by an interface located on the center console. That screen is a 10.2-inch unit mounted much higher than those in Acura’s previous twin-touchscreen setup, as well as many other competitors. This makes it quick and easy to see, limiting inattention from the road. The screen is broken up into two areas, with the left 70 percent of the screen being the main interface and the right 30 percent portion devoted to displaying readouts from a smaller number of elements. For instance, this would allow you to simultaneously view the navigation system map and audio system song information.
The center console interface that controls it consists of two touchpads split in the same 70/30 manner as the screen. Running your finger over the 30 portion flips through its various options. The 70 portion is different. Basically, you look at the screen and click on the portion of the touchpad that corresponds to it. This sounds complicated and bound for failure, but it in fact works quite well. Turns out your brain is pretty good at working it out.
Well, most of the time — as our video about the Acura True Touchpad Interface demonstrates, there are some possible areas for improvement, but for the most part, it has a lot of promise.