Space-Age Controls In Prius Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Touch Tracer is the first display system in the world to allow steering
wheel controls to read out on the instrument panel. (Overseas model shown)
17th June, 2009
The third-generation Prius features an ergonomically
advanced interior that contributes to improved safety by reducing driver eye movement for better
concentration on the road.
Two high-tech innovations - Touch Tracer and Head-Up Display - allow the driver to view important
vehicle information with minimum eye movement.
Touch Tracer is the first display system in the world to allow steering wheel controls to read out on
the instrument panel, which is positioned at an ideal distance for at-a-glance reading of information.
The system allows the driver to control various on-board functions without the need to look down or
take their hands from the steering wheel.
When the driver lightly touches the audio or information dials on the steering wheel, a duplicate
image is automatically displayed on the instrument panel, right in front of the driver.
An orange light on the duplicate display shows what button the driver's finger is touching before
pressing it to make a selection.
Touch Tracer can be used to adjust audio controls and cabin temperature as well as checking energy
New Prius also features a Head-Up Display that projects key information onto the base of the
windscreen, so the driver can read it without taking eyes off the road.
Displayed information includes vehicle speed and a monitor that shows how economically the car is
Prius models equipped with satellite navigation also benefit from the head-up display of
turn-by-turn and distance-to-exit information.
The display can be adjusted for height and brightness, or may be switched off.
New Prius, powered by Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, goes on sale in Australia during