Lucid Motors Releases UX 2.0, Its Biggest EV Software Update Yet
Lucid Motors is rolling out its biggest software update yet, introducing UX 2.0, which includes improvements throughout the vehicle – its flagship Air sedan. New features include ‘snap-shot’ glass cockpit and panel displays and the launch of Highway Assist. Check out the full list below.
Lucid Motors ($LCID) is celebrating one year since the official launch of production of its very first electric vehicle model, the Air sedan. While the US automaker has experienced its fair share of growth woes and supply chain issues since this time last year, it is finally starting to ramp up Air production and plans to hit its production target. (revised) 6,000 to 7,000 electric vehicles by the end of the year.
For the Air sedans that already accelerate faster and drive farther than virtually every other EV on the road, they need a software update, and that’s a big deal. We’re starting to hear the term “software-defined vehicle” (or SDV) more and more, especially as electric vehicles and their working components become less and less mechanical and more and more computerized.
Lucid Motors says it designed the Air as a true software-defined vehicle with “future-ready hardware” to help EVs evolve and improve over time, through over-the-air updates (OTA). Proof of this potential is present today as Lucid began rolling out its UX 2.0 – a major software update.
What’s new in the latest software update from Lucid Motors?
According to Lucid’s press release announcing the software update today, it’s the most robust yet. The American automaker says the update includes improvements to virtually every user touchpoint of the electric vehicle. Senior Vice President of Digital, Lucid Group, Michael Bell, explained:
This comprehensive software update, including tens of millions of new lines of source code on nearly every updatable computer in the vehicle, is achievable because the Lucid Air was designed from the ground up with the ability to improve over time. With our integrated software and hardware engineering, Lucid has the in-house technical depth to improve our vehicles long after they roll off the assembly line.
Here are some highlights of Lucid’s UX 2.0 software update:
- Glass cockpit and cockpit panel displays
- “Instant-on” displays – EV is ready to drive as soon as the driver sits down and buckles up.
- New on-screen layout for the Glass Cockpit display, moving commonly used apps like Home, Navigation, Media and Phone to be more ergonomic.
- Updated navigation and maps, with turn-by-turn directions now appearing on the central display directly in front of the driver.
- Smarter prediction of remaining range.
- More features with built-in Alexa voice control, like changing rear climate settings.
- More user-friendly navigation for third-party media apps, making it easier to see options and get started listening faster.
- DreamDrive and advanced driver assistance systems
- Highway Assist with Active Lane Centering and Adaptive Cruise Control.
- Rear pedestrian collision protection is now also activated when the vehicle is in reverse and backing up.
- Improvements to the visual cues for the parking distance warning feature.
- Smart micro-lens headlights
- High Beam Assist which detects not only other vehicles but also other light sources nearby, automatically switching to low beam when necessary.
- Automatic headlight leveling with sensor-based adjustments for vehicle height and angle to the ground.
- Vehicle entry and exit
- The new Defrost Mode combines defrost, automatic wiper blade movement and wiper fluid to remove ice that can obstruct the view through the windshield.
- A number of measures to make automatic locking and unlocking simpler, more intuitive and more responsive with the key fob and mobile key.
Lucid says the initial phase of rolling out UX 2.0 for Air drivers is already underway and will continue over the coming weeks.
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