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Driven Car Reviews

The New York Times automotive contributor Tom Voelk looks at all things automotive. Driven is the first podcast to ever win an Emmy Award. That and nearly unanimous 5 star reviews are a good sign this is worth your time. Subscribe today!

Jan 10, 2022

For years, the user interface that Lexus offered depended on an unloved trackpad without any kind of touchscreen. It was… well, not good. So Toyota Connected Services engineers started from scratch and designed an all-new version in-house from it’s Plano, Texas headquarters . The result is unimaginatively called Lexus Interface, but manages to be a much better experience. A voice activated system much like Siri and Google Assistant, there isn’t really much of a home screen. The much-loathed trackpad is gone. Tom Voelk takes a deep dive with Lexus’ Chris Pedregon to show you how the new system improves on the old one. And while it’s not perfect right now, over the air update will make it better and better.