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2013 Acura RDX AWD Long-Term Update 3

Still No Scotch, Still No Beer

Scott Mortara
Jul 15, 2013
Photographers: Motor Trend Staff
It took almost a month before I heard back from Acura regarding my inquiry about the RDX's infotainment screen's display information. I wanted to know why the screen cuts off long names of songs or artists, and here's the official answer: The RDX displays XM's standard metadata, which is 16 characters. XM offers extended data once the head unit is tuned to a specific channel, but because of potential driver distraction concerns, Acura engineers decided against displaying it.
Photo 2/12   |   2013 Acura RDX AWD Front End
I actually laughed out loud a little when I read that. First, my question wasn't XM-specific; it was about the artist/song display in general. Second, how is finishing a title or adding a word or two going to add any extra potential driver distraction concerns? I asked about what these potential driver distraction concerns might be, and Acura said there was no specific driver distraction, rather a general concern of diverting the driver's attention from the road.
I laughed out loud again. Seriously!? The driver already is looking at the screen to read the music information. To me, it's actually more distracting to wonder what the complete song title is or who the artist might be than reading a few more characters or a couple words.
Photo 3/12   |   2013 Acura RDX AWD Side
The navigation map uses the full screen, but not enough map information. During my commute I have about 4 miles of surface street driving, and the map doesn't show a name for many of those streets, even on full zoom.
As I stated in my last update, Acura is not the only manufacturer that cuts off parts of the music information on the infotainment screen. I know in this ultra-litigious age it is always better to be safe than sorry, but in this case, I think manufacturers are playing it too safe.
Here's hoping Acura reads this update and decides to add the missing characters and words.

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Energy consumption 155 kW-hrs/100 mi
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