2005 Acura RL Interior Part 2
8/31/2004 9:18:00 PM
HANDSFREELINK™ WIRELESS TELEPHONE INTERFACE
The RL has a standard HandsFreeLink™ hands free phone interface that is designed to work with many recently manufactured Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones (sold separately). Bluetooth is a radio frequency-based cable replacement technology that lets portable devices like mobile phones PDAs, laptops and other devices communicate wirelessly. The RL system is compatible with Bluetooth enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). Some early Bluetooth-enabled phones do not have this communications protocol, but any newly released phones should have the HFP. After the driver completes a one-time "pairing" process, the RL can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when it's within about 10 feet of the car. The phone needs to be on, but can be stowed in a pocket, briefcase or purse-or anywhere inside the RL cabin.
HandsFreeLink™ allows the driver to send or answer calls without taking his or her hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the number of the incoming caller is displayed on the Multi-information display located in the speedometer face. The phone ring tone is also played over the audio system. If the driver chooses to answer the call, a press of the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the audio system speakers. An overhead microphone picks up the driver's voice. Algorithms built into the HandsFreeLink system cancel "echo effect" and reduce background noise to improve the transmission quality of the driver's speech.
To send a call hands free, the driver can dial the number by voice, again using fingertip controls mounted on the steering wheel to activate the system. The driver also can store frequently called numbers with voice tags in the system's memory. Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the HandsFreeLink system at one time.
ACURALINK™ SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH REAL TIME TRAFFIC
The 2005 Acura RL introduces AcuraLink™ satellite communication system with real time traffic. AcuraLink™ allows for two-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, providing customers with the latest information specific to their vehicle. In cases where communication to and from the Acura Telematics server is needed, the owner's Bluetooth cell phone is used (once the owner has enabled its data-transmission function).
AcuraLink™ messages consist of a limited amount of text plus expanded details via Text-To-Speech. Each message is prioritized by importance. High priority messages are displayed immediately upon receipt. Other messages trigger an icon on the RL navigation display. Some low priority messages show up only on vehicle start-up to avoid distraction. In all cases, the RL owner can choose to read or listen to the message immediately, or archive it to be retrieved later.
A wide variety of messages can be sent to the RL, including Maintenance Minder (detailed information regarding your next required maintenance), Quick Tips (information to help you maximize the benefit and enjoyment of RL features), Feature Guide (supplements to the Owner's Manual), Diagnostic Info (detailed information and instruction should an onboard system issue arise), information regarding a service or repair required, and Service Appointment Reminders. The RL owner has complete control over the types of messages they receive. All AcuraLink™ preferences can be set via the Owner Link web site or on-board the RL.
Since the system allows two-way data communication between the RL and the Acura Telematics Server, AcuraLink™ can provide the owner with vital information that previously has been unavailable. For example, if a warning light should appear on the RL instrument panel, AcuraLink™ can be configured to automatically send a trouble code along with the sensor data associated with the fault to the Acura Telematics Server, which analyzes the code, then sends a message back to the RL, such as "A software issue has been detected. It is OK to continue driving. The repair is currently being developed, so you do not need to visit your dealer at this time. You will receive another AcuraLink™ message when it is time to visit your dealer to have the system repaired." This way, the owner knows if a particular fault is serious enough to cancel a trip, if it can be dealt with later or if it requires special driving techniques.
The 2005 Acura RL introduces AcuraLinkTM satellite communication system with real time traffic. AcuraLinkTM allows for two-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, providing customers with the latest information specific to their vehicle. In cases where communication to the Acura Telematics server is needed, the owner's Bluetooth cell phone is used (once the owner has enabled its data-transmission function).
An icon on the RL navigation display screen indicates an incoming message. Some low priority messages show up only on vehicle start-up to avoid distractions.
A wide variety of messages can be sent to the RL, including Maintenance Minder, Quick Tips, Feature Guide and Diagnostic Info. The RL owner can set their preferences for the types of messages they receive in their RL via a personal computer or the Owner Link web site.
Since the system allows two-way data communication between the RL and the Acura Telematics Server, AcuraLink™ can provide the owner with vital information that previously has been unavailable. For example, if an ABS/BRAKE warning light should appear on the RL instrument panel, AcuraLink™ will automatically send a trouble code to the Acura Telematics Server, which interprets the code, then sends a message back to the RL, such as "ABS and EBD shut down! Drive slowly. Avoid sudden hard braking." This way, the owner knows if a particular fault is serious enough to cancel a trip, if it can be dealt with later or if it requires special driving techniques. The data connection is enabled even if the monthly XM® service package is not in effect.
Real-Time Traffic Information
The navigation screen can display up-to-the-minute traffic information including flow (traffic speed where available), accidents, incident, construction and weather on freeways in 20 major metro areas. The information is aggregated by NAVTEQ™ from multiple sources including police and highway patrol accident reports and transportation departments and then transmitted by XM® satellites to the RL where it is graphically displayed on the navigation system from _ to 5 mile scale.
The RL owner can click on an icon on the map to see incident details. Traffic information is continuously updated, allowing drivers to avoid congestion en route and choose the fastest path to their destination.
With the average rush-hour commuter spending over 50 hours a year sitting in traffic, the system gives RL owners a useful timesaving tool on freeways. Unlike radio or television traffic reports, the real-time traffic system provides a constant flow of relevant information reflecting conditions along a driver's chosen route. Real-time traffic data services will be offered on a subscription basis for a nominal fee following a free trial period. Exact pricing information will be announced in fall 2004.
Cities with available real-time in-car traffic information
ACURA NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH VOICE RECOGNITION™
The RL is equipped with a new generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ that has more memory, and a faster processor. The RL navigation system also has extensive improvements to its performance, information content and ease of use.
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition features summary:
- 8-inch screen for convenient viewing
- Interface Dial simplifies control of the system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger
- Faster system start-up time
- Faster route calculation and search speed
- Expanded voice recognition function with over 560 navigation commands minimizes the need for manual character entry
- Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words
- Seven million points of interest are stored on an updatable DVD
- Business and recreation directory of virtually the entire continental United States complete with phone numbers
- Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance in either male or female voice (which can be turned off at any time)
- Destination memory recalls current trip addresses, previous destinations and user address books
- Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging, shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas and much more
- Zagat Survey™ restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice
- Split-screen mode features a simultaneous "map view" and selective "3-D" route visualization
- Voice Recognition operates key audio and climate control functions
- Make calls to on-screen points of interest with HandsFreeLink
- User selectable Day/Night screen or display off modes
- Trip routing can include up to five user-chosen way points
- Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas
- Exit list shows what businesses are available at a given highway exit
- On-screen picture of highway interchanges indicates which lane to use to stay on route
- Larger on-screen fonts and buttons for better visibility
- Greater map contrast and simplified visual presentation
Based on positioning data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS), the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition tracks the vehicle's position. If the GPS antenna is blocked by a tunnel, tall building or parking garage, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle to keep the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored. A DVD is located in the trunk in the system's ECU. Updated DVD data discs are available on an annual basis on-line or by calling a toll-free number.
The system can be controlled by voice, or by the Interface Dial. For voice operation, the driver simply presses the "Talk" button on the steering wheel and says any of a number of preset command phrases. The system responds to over 560 command phrases, as well as to spoken city and street names.
When the "Talk" button is pressed, the audio system is automatically muted, and an overhead microphone receives the command from the driver. Commands can be given in plain English, like "Display gas stations, "Find nearest hospital" or "Find nearest Chinese restaurant." You can choose to display points of interest on the map (like restaurants, or grocery stores, for example), or have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation-all by voice. The extensive point-of-interest database includes phone numbers, which can be dialed easily by using the HandsFreeLink™ system and the driver's cell phone.
The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognitionc can also be controlled via the Interface Dial by choosing menu options or spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place) using the Interface Dial much like a computer mouse to select characters from an on-screen keypad. Compared to the previous generation Acura navigation system, the RL system start-up time has been reduced and search speed increased significantly.
The onboard database has now been expanded to include a Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide, and the accuracy of all road data has been increased. The Interface Dial makes it easy to operate the system, and to find and select destinations. Expanded voice control saves time and simplifies operation of the system. Sophisticated voice recognition technology allows the RL owner to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying matches available in the database.
KEYLESS ACCESS SYSTEM
One of the advanced new features of the RL is its Keyless Access System with
driver recognition for driver's seat, steering wheel, outside mirrors,
climate control, audio system settings and presets, and select navigation system
settings. This feature allows the RL owner to gain access to the car without
ever having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or key. The keyless remote
has an electronic unique digital identity. The car can be unlocked when the
driver grasps the front door with the keyless remote in his/her possession.
Once the driver has opened the door and been seated, the Keyless Access System allows him or her to start the RL by pushing and rotating the ignition switch, without inserting a key into the ignition.
To unlock the door, the driver must have the keyless remote in their possession. The remote can remain in a pocket or briefcase; it isn't necessary to have it in hand. The driver simply approaches the car and presses a raised dimple on either of the front door handles to unlock the door; grasping the door handle opens the door.
To lock the doors upon leaving the car, simply touch the raised dimple on outside of the door handle. Alternatively, you can press the Lock button on the keyless remote. All doors will lock simultaneously.
Approaching the driver's side allows the opening of the driver's door only; when approaching the passenger's side, all four doors can be opened. Via the Multi-information display's selectable unlocking feature, the RL owner can preset a preference to have all four doors unlock when the driver's door is approached.
To open the trunk, simply approach with the remote and pull the lever, and it will automatically unlock so you can open the lid. Note that the system will not allow the recognized transmitter to be locked in the trunk.
The Acura RL comes with two keyless remotes. Each keyless remote can be set with a unique preference, for instance to accommodate the preferences of a husband and wife. The preferences include driver's seat, steering wheel and mirror positions, and select HVAC. Other preferences include turning entry lights on or off, and choosing a confirming beep when locking the doors. In the event both owners plan to use the car at the same time, the RL will recognize the keyless remote that approaches first.
A built-in mechanical key is provided as a back up in the event that the keyless remote battery should fail. In this case the RL can be started with the built-in key. For security purposes when using a valet parking service, you can push a trunk lockout switch inside the glove box, and then lock the glove box and the trunk pass-through with the key. Take the built-in key from the keyless remote and keep it, then give the keyless remote to the attendant. The Valet will be unable to unlock the glove compartment or trunk using the keyless remote only.
ONSTAR® IN-VEHICLE COMMUNICATIONS AND ASSISTANCE SERVICE
The new RL has standard OnStar service in-vehicle communications and assistance service. The new generation of OnStar service can offer emergency assistance, accident notification, air bag deployment notification, stolen vehicle tracking, door unlock command and vehicle tracking, plus other features that provide an extra level of security and convenience.
Pressing an activation button located in the overhead console provides quick access to a live OnStar service advisor 24 hours a day. Using input from orbiting GPS satellites, the OnStar service advisor can easily pinpoint the location of the owner's vehicle to help provide assistance.
In the event of vehicle theft, subscribers need only contact the OnStar Center (after filing a police report) and provide a personal identification number. An OnStar service advisor can then pinpoint the car and direct authorities to its location.
The OnStar service system is integrated into the car's suite of electronic conveniences. This allows the system to dial phone numbers displayed on the navigation system by automatic voice command.
This version of OnStar service is equipped with a Digital/Analog Tri-mode phone. This means that in addition to Analog communication, the phone operates on both CDMA bands (Cellular and PCS) used by all CDMA digital networks in the US.
OnStar Personal Calling offers a hands-free, voice-activated, wireless phone that is built into the system in case the driver's hand-held cell phone is lost, forgotten or has a low battery. Personal Calling can be activated at the same time the OnStar service account is activated online, or by pressing the blue OnStar service button at anytime and talking to the Advisor. Pre-purchased minutes can be billed to a credit card. There is no activation fee or additional long distance or roaming charges.
In the RL, dialing numbers through OnStar Personal Calling has been greatly enhanced. Now customers can speak the phone digits they wish to dial in a steady stream, with no pauses (e.g., "2485551212"), rather than pausing between digits.
The RL comes with a free 1-year subscription to the Safe and Sound Plan (a $199 value). In addition, RL owners can choose to upgrade to the Directions and Connections Plan ($399 per year) which adds route support, convenience services and ride assist.
Finally, a Personal Calling Package, which includes wireless phone and "Virtual Advisor" Internet services, is available as part of both plans for an additional charge.
A variety of high-quality genuine Acura accessories is available for the 2005 RL. Designed specifically for the vehicle, they add to luxury and improve the car's usefulness. The accessories include:
- Ashtray (center console mounted)
- Wood-Trim Steering Wheel (available in three colors to match interior colors)
- Cargo Net
- All-Season Floor Mats (choice of Black and Ivory)
- Engine Block Heater
- Trunk Tray
- Wood Gear Selector Knob