In-Car Tech

This is the digital instrument cluster in the upcoming Nissan Rogue Sport, Infiniti QX60

A new digital instrument cluster has a home in the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

Photo courtesy of Visteon

Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are getting new instrument clusters as their next-generation designs begin to come to fruition as part of a number of new model rollouts happening over the next year and a half. The fully digital design is made by Visteon, a Tier 1 supplier devoted exclusively to cockpit electronics.

The 12.3-inch screen, currently in the 2021 Nissan Rogue, will be coming to the upcoming Nissan X-Trail (not sold in the U.S.), Nissan Qashqai (known in the U.S. as the Rogue Sport), and Infiniti QX60.

It's a customizable display that displays a digital speedometer and tachometer. It also has "next-level" navigation with high-definition maps, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) visualization features, and in-vehicle infotainment elements including music and album art.

2021 Nissan Rogue digital instrument cluster The 12.3-inch cluster features all the vital information needed to pilot the vehicle.Photo courtesy of Visteon

The cluster breaks new ground for Visteon. It is the first one that's fully reconfigurable and that is capable of 60 frames per second for the gauge pointer. It's also the first gauge cluster to utilize CGI Studio as the graphics toolchain and "is the standard-bearer for implementing graphical user interface (GUI) dimming" according to a release.

The 2021 Rogue is on sale this month. It is a complete redesign of one of themost popular SUVs in the country. Its starting price is just $160 higher than that of the outgoing model. In addition to the gauge cluster, the Rogue is loaded with a host of family-friendly features.

Nissan has already bumped up the safety technology level in its existing vehicles, announcing last month that it will have 10 cars, trucks, and SUVs with standard Safety Shield 360 technology for the 2021 model year.

2021 Nissan Rogue digital instrument cluster The cluster is one of two new screens in the Rogue.Photo courtesy of Visteon

The redesigned Infiniti QX60 will debut soon. In September, the QX60 Monograph debuted giving a look at what can be expected from the exterior of the new SUV. AutomotiveMap has already seen renderings of the exterior and interior of the vehicle. We spill the tea on those here.

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NHTSA looking into Tesla's in-car video games

Some owners have discovered that their car's video games work when the car is moving.

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Tesla's vehicles are among the most advanced and forward-thinking products of any kind, but serious innovation doesn't come with tradeoffs. The automaker has been in the news recently because of issues with how its advanced cruise control systems function, and now, Autoblog reports that the NHTSA is asking questions about Tesla giving drivers the ability to play video games and browse the internet while driving.

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The feature is intended to be used while the car is parked, such as while charging, so the discovery that people can use them while driving is a serious one. Vince Patton, the person who filed the complaint with the NHTSA, tested his car and found that he could play Solitaire and a fairly involved action game while it was in motion. Internet browsing was also possible, meaning the driver could take their attention completely off the road ahead for extended periods of time.

Tesla Model 3 Tesla's screens offer advanced functions that many others do not. Tesla

Tesla was already under investigation over crashes involving its Autopilot feature. Several collisions have occurred between Teslas and emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Following the initiation of that investigation, the NHTSA raised other questions with the automaker over a buggy software update that was pushed out, retracted, fixed, and reissued outside of the normal recall process. Despite their names, it's important to clarify that neither the Autopilot nor Full Self-Driving features are capable of driving the cars without driver awareness and input.

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2022 Infiniti QX50 picks up new standard features

The new QX50 gets more tech and safety features.

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Infiniti is one of a handful of automakers that have continued developing and building cars instead of focusing only on higher-profit and much more popular SUVs and trucks. That said, Infiniti's catalog is crossover- and SUV-heavy. Its smallest and least expensive crossover, the QX50 gets a handful of new features for 2022, and today Infiniti announced pricing.

Infiniti offers the 2022 QX50 in five trims: $40,025 Pure, $43,375 Luxe, $47,825 Essential, $52,525 Sensory, and $57,975 Autograph. All trims get Infiniti's variable compression (VC-Turbo) engine that makes 268 horsepower and returns up to 26 mpg combined. The advanced engine shifts its compression ratio to match the driver's behavior. When more power is needed, the compression changes, and when efficiency is the priority, it changes again. It's a marvel of engineering, but it's not as fuel-efficient as a hybrid. Power reaches the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

2022 Infiniti QX50 Pricing starts at around $40,000.Infiniti

Beyond the new standard features for 2022, buyers of the new QX50 will have to step up to the Luxe trim to get the most desirable features such as auto-folding exterior side mirrors, power lumbar support, and perforated leather upholstery. Standard comfort gear includes eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Infiniti stuck with its dual-screen infotainment configuration with the 2022 QX50. The top eight-inch screen handles wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto duties, as well as navigation. The bottom seven-inch screen handles vehicle controls, radio stations, and other settings. Though the system looks great and adds a high-tech feel to the cabin, two screens can be distracting and confusing while driving. The good news is that the QX50 gets an excellent 16-speaker Bose stereo starting with the Luxe trim.

2022 Infiniti QX50 ProPilot Assist and Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standardInfiniti

The 2022 QX50 hasn't been crash tested by either major ratings organization yet, but the 2021 model performed well. It earned Good ratings in crash testes and a Superior score for its standard crash prevention systems. The 2022 QX50 comes standard with Infiniti's ProPilot Assist system, which brings advanced adaptive cruise control functions that can center the car in its lane, brake, and accelerate. Other standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic braking, predictive forward collision warnings, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


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