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Published on May 19th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair

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Mitsubishi Electric Create Affordable Tablet-like Infotainment System

Mitsubishi Electric (NOT Mitsubishi Motors) have introduced their new Android-based FLEXConnect infotainment system. The new unit makes its debut in a prototype from Cadillac (NOT from Mitsubishi).

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Sure, Android-based infotainment systems are a dime a dozen nowadays, but what sets this one apart is its large 12.1 inch display, reminiscent of the large centre console display on the Tesla Model S. Just like in the electric vehicle, the screen is placed in portrait mode, meaning it’s taller than it is wide to fit more snugly in the gap separating the front passenger from the driver’s portion of the dashboard.

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What’s cool about this new unit is that the driver can access up to three different functions at the same time by entering either full-screen, half-screen or one-third screen mode. So if you feel like adjusting the climate control while navigating, the screen splits to accommodate those two. Pretty nifty.

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This particular unit also works with a larger still 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster and heads up display unit that replaces the speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer and oil temperature gauge with something thoroughly modern. The heads up display does have a pretty low resolution though, of just 480X240. No word yet on whether Mitsubishi Motors will be using this new Android system on their upcoming models, but given how cost effective it is, we’d say give it a few months.


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