Lincoln Navigates Through Stars & Road Condition Drive Modes

At Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring, TX, we enjoy showcasing beautifully luxurious vehicle that offer the latest in technology to ensure a first-class journey.  Now, the designers at The Lincoln Motor Company have added another out-of-this world touch to a Lincoln owner’s driving experience.

The Lincoln team studied snowflakes and star placement, clouds and constellations. They have researched everything that is atmospheric to create stunning graphics for the all-new Navigator’s Lincoln drive modes technology.

Meanwhile, Lincoln engineers were targeting sight, sound, touch and feel through Navigator’s steering, suspension, powertrain and torque delivery to tailor its ride and handling for every weather condition ensuring clients experience an effortless and enjoyable drive.

Working together, Lincoln’s design and engineering groups created elegant, intuitive technology that showcases both great beauty and capability.

Drivers can select information from six consumer-friendly modes. Each are controlled by a knob that is easily accessed at the vehicle’s center console.

Three drive modes are terrain and weather related:

  • Deep conditions, for snow, extremely muddy or sandy environments
  • Slippery, for wet or icy conditions
  • Slow climb, for steep terrain

The other three are based on the  a driver desires:

  • Normal, for an effortless, balanced ride
  • Conserve, for efficient driving
  • Excite, for a responsive, engaging ride

The information shown in the cluster changes depending on what mode the client selects. The most relevant information is always present for the driver.

For example, in normal mode a speedometer is present, while in the conserve setting, the speedometer is combined with fuel economy information. “The beauty of these drive modes is they’re intuitive and easy to use,” said Andrew Kernahan, chief engineer, The Lincoln Motor Company. “You don’t have to know how each drive mode is developed, or adjust suspension settings or powertrain mapping. You just have to turn the dial, and the behavior of the vehicle is modified to fit the conditions or desired experience.”

Designed around the theme “Navigation through the Stars,” each drive mode is showcased through intricately detailed graphics while communicating capability. The graphics are displayed only briefly on the cluster so as not to distract, but to assure clients the mode is adjusted correctly.

“As a reference in our research, we looked at everything ­ nebula, Northern Lights and various atmospheric types of conditions,” said Craig Sandvig, digital experience design manager, The Lincoln Motor Company. “We wanted to pay homage to the Earth.”

Sandvig, who began working in digital design six years ago, believes the modes offer a perfect example of digital clusters – intricate globe-shaped artwork showcased with just the push of a button. Getting to that point, however, took several trial runs.

“We worked with hundreds and hundreds of different globes, studying everything from where each cloud would come in and how it would separate from the atmosphere,” he said. “It’s an artistic effect that’s been brought into everything.”

Subtlety was key in creating a luxury feel for each mode, and that’s highlighted throughout the detailing – down to the reflections on each globe. For example, the image in excite mode, representing sporty driving, shows taillights moving in the night to illustrate the thrill of the drive. The look and feel of excite mode exudes a dimensionality that makes clients feel like they’re driving inside the graphic image itself.

For both deep conditions and slippery modes, the team studied placement for each individual snowflake. Deep conditions demonstrates a tire spinning in deep snow, while slippery uses snowflakes and reflections with complex detail down to the lines in the roadway – creating the look and feel of an icy drive.

“It’s amazing to see how much went into the development of slippery mode – we wanted to show the snowflakes going from the front of the globe to the back,” said Sandvig. “We went through several trials for this mode to make sure clients could see the road, so we included dashed lines with certain reflections to give that icy road feel.”

Sandvig said moving into the digital space has allowed the team to create much more detailed imagery for clients, providing technology that’s easy to understand and use.

“The digital space allows us to change and animate things that are not possible within the physical world,” he said. “We were able to create anything we wanted – the modes aren’t required to be static – and we feel that it’s much more rewarding to our clients.”

Ready to navigate in a whole new way? Our team at Planet Lincoln (serving Spring, The Woodlands, Aldine, Cypress, Conroe and greater Houston) is here to assist all of your luxury car and SUV needs. Take the drive on I-45 off the Loetta exit or shop online anytime at www.PlanetLincoln.com.

Lincoln Navigator Named North American Truck of the Year

All-New 2018 Lincoln Navigator Named North American Truck of the Year by panel of US and Canadian automotive journalists.

Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln is please to announce that the all-new Lincoln Navigator has been named North American Truck of the Year. This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle has captured this prestigious honor, which has been an award for 24 years.

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator has taking this honors over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 as well as all-new Ford Expedition to win the award presented January 15th at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

“Lincoln is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors,” said Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “The entire Lincoln team is very proud of the work that was done to create a truly differentiated, luxury Lincoln experience in our all-new Navigator.”

North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards are based on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value. Nearly 60 veteran journalists from the United States and Canada vote for the vehicles, which must be all-new or substantially changed from the previous model to qualify.

Modern Luxury + Advanced Technology

Navigator is Lincoln’s flagship SUV, combining modern luxury with advanced technology to elevate family travel to first-class. A modern design turns heads, while Navigator’s smooth power helps families move confidently along the road. A luxurious, spacious interior allows first-class seating for everyone aboard, with 10 power outlets to keep all passengers charged and connected.

The all-new Navigator has refined capability this is unmatched. It’s powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, and offers the most towing capability in its class – up to 8,700 pounds.

The 2018 Navigator offers all-new Lincoln drive mode technology, an advanced system that allows owners to adjust the vehicle to make driving easier and more enjoyable in any weather or terrain with the twist of a knob. An all-new head-up display is customizable to complement the 12.3-inch digital cluster – incorporating the same groundbreaking digital light processing technology used in movie theaters.

The Lincoln Navigator is available in dealerships now at Planet Lincoln in Spring, Texas (serving The Woodlands, Conroe, Aldine, Cypress, Katy, greater Houston). We invite you to visit our dealership located at 20403 I-45 off the Loretta exit.  Shop online anytime at www.PlanetLincoln.com.

Lincoln’s Head-Up Display Biggest, Brightest in Class

Customers who visit Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring, Texas not only want a quality and luxurious vehicle, they want the latest technology to make their drive one of ease and enjoyment.

Lincoln’s all-new head-up display provides superior visibility for drivers of its all-new Lincoln Navigator and Lincoln Continental. This advanced technology underpinning the clearest and brightest head-up display from any automaker allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road as well as their hands on the wheel. It works to ensure each and every journey is effortless.

The design ingenuity makes for a customizable display that complements the digital cluster – incorporating the same groundbreaking digital light processing technology used in movie theaters.

From the beginning, creating a harmonious driving environment was a blended effort by Ford’s user experience, design studio and engineering groups. The teams worked to design a state-of-the-art system that puts information drivers want and need most front and center – from navigation prompts to incoming call alerts. It serves to assist rather than distract, offering information in an immediate yet unobtrusive manner.

“There’s a lot of physics involved in this system,” said Anthony King, development lead on Lincoln’s all-new head-up display. “But for our clients, it just comes down to the most client-focused usability.”

This means an incredibly sharp and clear head-up display, visible even in the harshest sunlight and through polarized sunglasses. The technology works on a tiny chip that contains 400,000 sturdy mirrors, each with a pixel refresh rate of up to 5,000 hertz operating in synchronized movement to control the system’s optics. In full color, this cutting-edge display appears to actually float just above the vehicle’s hood

“A typical head-up display duplicates information displayed on the cluster,” said King. “But this display makes for a unique and easy-to-use experience for our clients. This eminently visible head-up display and the instrument cluster serve to complement each other to ensure Lincoln clients look forward to every time behind the wheel.”

Lincoln designers emphasized a reduction of screen clutter and focused on the timing and size of the information displayed. Chosen information is displayed only when it’s relevant, and as its importance increases, the physical placement and size of the information presented becomes more prominent. So while current speed and speed limit, as well as time and range are displayed consistently at the lower edge of the screen, should the driver receive a call or a navigation prompt is needed, this information is displayed clearly and brightly with greater prominence.

“What we’ve developed is a leap in the quality and design of head-up display systems,” said King. “You won’t really appreciate all it can do until you get behind the wheel to experience it.”

When you’re ready to take a Lincoln Navigator or Lincoln Continental for a spin, take the drive on I-45 to the Loretta exit to Planet Lincoln in Spring (serving Houston, The Woodlands, Conroe, Aldine, Cypress). Shop online anytime at www.PlanetLincoln.com.