Lucid is poised to take on Tesla head-on in a way few other EV automakers have. The company’s first car, the upcoming Lucid Air, promises blistering performance, impressive range figures, and now, it looks like the in-car UX is up to par, too. Thanks to a recent release from Lucid (accompanied by a video that looks like it’s straight out of another Silicon Valley tech company’s studio, included below), we finally have a close-up look at just how Lucid plans to match the wow factor of Tesla’s massive center touchscreen.
The company is calling the infotainment system Lucid UX, and it’s made up of two displays. You can watch all of the functionality described in the video above, but here’s our rundown:
The primary screen is a curved 34-inch display in front of the driver that’s divided up into three distinct sections. The leftmost third of the main display is on at all times and contains essential functions like central locking, locking the charge door, and controls for the exterior lighting.
Speed, range, the odometer, and other key information about the car itself are displayed in the middle portion of the screen. To the right rests a sort of home screen—it contains the Air’s infotainment setup and consists of a main menu that leads the driver to the home screen, navigation, media information, and plenty of other functions.
Moving down, there rests a tablet-like display that Lucid calls the “Pilot Panel” lower on the dashboard. The display houses other functions like the HVAC controls, the car’s drive modes, and seat positioning—as well as the rest of the car’s key functions. The panel is also motorized and can slip up and into the dash, revealing a storage area in the center console.
All in all, the content looks clean, easy to navigate, and totally unique to Lucid. They’re also backed up by physical controls on the steering wheel Amazon Alexa integration, which we can’t wait to try for ourselves. But, as excited as we are by the slick dash and sweet-looking UX, what we really want to know is what the Air is like to drive, and if it can really go 500 miles on a single charge—it came close during a ride-along we attended with Lucid last year. Stay tuned, people.
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