[YesAuto Internet Travel] As a Chinese brand that is expected to challenge BBA head-on, Hongqi has many expectations placed on it. Judging from the recent frequent releases of new cars and gratifying sales, Hongqi handed in a gratifying answer. The H9, which was launched in September last year, is Hongqi's first mid-to-large luxury sedan with a front-rear drive structure for the “Volkswagen”. So in addition to the “superiority” brought by the solemn appearance, can the H9 meet our expectations in the car?
Nowadays, the design of car cockpits is becoming more and more diversified: on the one hand, new carmakers have moved the mobile Internet into the car and continuously innovated to bring a variety of new gameplay and experiences; on the other hand, as a traditional luxury car manufacturer, such as us The familiar BBA continues to innovate in human-computer interaction functions and design.
For a medium and large luxury sedan, how to meet consumers' requirements for various fashionable functions while maintaining its own design and style, consistent with the temperament of the entire model, is a big challenge for manufacturers. . Let's take a look at how H9 creates a unique “Oriental style”. (Note: The model in this experience is the Hongqi H9 2.0T Zhilianqi Enjoy Edition. On this basis, the 3.0T model also has a HUD head-up display function, and the flagship 3.0T Zhilianqi leading four-seater version can also be equipped with an independent rear entertainment system .)
From the inside of the car, the H9 adopts a familiar design concept: black piano lacquer texture trim and large area matte aluminum alloy decorative strips create a “luxury technology” feeling. The physical buttons and knobs that are visible to the naked eye are given a metallic texture, which is officially called the “Oriental Artistic Cockpit”.
When designing the UI interface and interaction logic, I believe that the Red Flag team has considered the characteristics and usage habits of H9's main customer groups—compared to many other in-vehicle systems currently on the market, it has many of its own characteristics.
One is that the central touch screen has only one level of interaction, and the five main functions are quite characteristic: including travel (navigation), services, entertainment, vehicle status, and user information. There is also a shortcut control of the entertainment system below the main interface, and overall it is extremely difficult to learn.
Swiping from right to left brings up the scene mode, which can adjust the air conditioning, entertainment system, ambient lights, and car windows as needed. For example, starting the smog mode system will automatically turn on the air conditioning internal circulation and air purification system, while the smoking mode will automatically lower the car window.
In addition, for the commonly used air conditioning functions, H9 also retains the physical button control: 8 buttons below the air outlet can control the commonly used air conditioning functions. However, there is a small slot in the control of air conditioning and comfort configuration. We will talk about it later.
Behind the shift lever, H9 retains the physical operation buttons for the central control function: the central knob can be controlled by rotating, pressing, pushing and other operations, while the knob is surrounded by shortcuts for navigation, entertainment, vehicle settings, and custom collection functions. key.
Rotating the central knob is used to adjust the system volume, which is different from the logic of other luxury models we have experienced before, and the air conditioning system control mentioned before can only be called up by pushing the knob up or long pressing the temperature adjustment knob to call up the control interface , This is a bit confusing.
In short, in terms of overall hardware and design, the H9 is worthy of the title of luxury sedan, but the overall UI design still makes people feel a little familiar.
Next, we will briefly experience the main functions of this system.
In addition to the concise menu control logic, H9's voice control function is also a highlight of the system. H9 supports the natural semantic recognition of the whole car in multiple scenes, and also supports the location of sound sources in 4 locations, so most of the functions such as the slightly cumbersome air-conditioning mentioned earlier can be controlled by voice.
The sound source localization can recognize the voice commands of passengers in different positions, so as to carry out a personalized response. For example, when the passenger on the front passenger side says “open the window”, the vehicle will only open the window on the front passenger side. In addition, functions such as seat heating will also be automatically turned on according to the commanded position.
At present, common voice control systems require a designated wake-up word, such as hello XX. H9 can also wake up voice interaction through “Hello, red flag”. However, in the system settings, you can customize the wake-up word, and you can also activate the global wake-up-free function. In this way, you can directly enter the adjustment page at any time by directly saying common instructions such as turning off the music, starting the navigation, and darkening the screen. However, the probability of false awakening is relatively high.
During the experience, the system can respond well to common functional commands and activate the corresponding functions, but there is a small probability that it will not be recognized. In addition, for some fuzzy voice commands, it seems that it cannot understand the real intention of the commander, such as “come to a sad piece of music”, it gave me a slow shake…
to sum up:
After experience, the designer of H9's in-vehicle intelligent connection system firstly went through user research and consideration, and the main interaction methods are not difficult to get started; secondly, relying on mainstream online entertainment content services, the functions are basically incapable of jumping out of trouble. However, as a Chinese brand luxury car that is going to challenge the international brands, no matter from the overall interface or UI interaction, the current in-vehicle system still lacks some “ceremonial sense” design.