Lucid Air gets a new interface with UX 2.0

Lucid announced its biggest software update for the Air since the sedan went on sale a year ago.

The update brings the Lucid user interface to version 2.0. That means hundreds of little tweaks, like improved menu designs and faster vehicle startup, plus additional features.

“Lucid’s truly innovative user interface becomes easier to use and even more aesthetically beautiful with each iteration, delivered seamlessly over the air to the vehicle,” said Derek Jenkins, senior vice president of design and brand at Lucid, in a statement.

The highlight is the long-awaited introduction of Lucid’s driver assistance feature for highways, aptly named Highway Assist. Part of Lucid DreamDrive suite of driver assistance featuresHighway Assist combines adaptive cruise control and lane centering control to help the Air steer clear of its lane in certain conditions.

The driver still has to keep an eye on things, rating Lucid’s roadside assistance as Level 2 on the SAE Self-Driving Capability Scale. Level 3 is the first level where the driver is free to take their eyes off the road, but still under certain conditions.

Another key update sees vehicle screens instantly light up, so the driver can start driving as soon as they sit down and buckle up. Menu designs have also been updated, in some cases based on customer feedback. Now the controls for common functions such as navigation, phone and media are easier to reach, for example. Turn-by-turn directions for navigation now appear directly in front of the driver.

Other key changes include a de-icing mode that uses the de-icing feature in combination with wiper fluid to remove ice from the windshield, as well as better prediction of remaining range and a improved navigation when using third-party apps.

Lucid has already started rolling out the update for Air owners and will continue over the coming weeks.