Lucid Air owners will see a host of new features added to their vehicle with the brand’s first major software update.
American start-up Lucid, led by former employees of the likes of Tesla and Audi, has entered the electric car market with its Air luxury sedan, which beats the Tesla Model S in claimed electric range thanks to the EPA’s claims flight range 836 km.
Air shipments have begun to be distributed to US customers from the Arizona plant. Owners will now have access to a number of new features, including front-panel driver assistance.
Lane Centering and Adaptive Cruise have been combined to create Highway Assist, which is designed to make long journeys easier by driving the car more actively, rather than just intervening when the driver veers towards the white lines.
Lucid says its parking assistants are now more user-friendly with smarter graphics.
Added High Beam Assist, which automatically switches to low beam when other vehicles or light sources are detected.
Updates will also be applied to the digital dashboard and infotainment panels, which have been changed to offer a more ergonomic layout.
Favorite apps are more accessible, navigation and maps are placed directly in front of the driver, built-in Alexa voice control allows passengers to control the climate from anywhere in the car, and range predictions are now designed to be more accurate.
These functions will be instantly available to the driver as soon as he sits down, thanks to ‘Instant On’, which means the touch points in the cockpit come alive when the driver is buckled up and ready to drive – no start button required.
Getting in and out of the vehicle will be smoother with improved automatic locking and unlocking for owners using a mobile phone and/or key fob, while De-Ice mode will help owners in cold climates by simultaneously using the heating setting, wiper movement and quick cleaning fluid. windshield.
The software will be delivered to all Airs for free via an over-the-air (OTA) update, which will be phased in over the coming weeks.
OTA updates will allow Lucid to continually improve its feature set compared to competitors like BMW and Tesla.
Lucid Senior Vice President of Digital Technology Michael Bell said, “Through integrated software and hardware development, Lucid has the proprietary technical capabilities to enhance our vehicles long after they roll off the assembly line… Lucid Air was designed from the ground up with the ability gets better with time.”
Lucid has confirmed the production Air for right-hand drive markets including the UK, but we’re still waiting for word on if and when the brand will land on Australian shores.