A faulty infotainment system can prove frustrating for drivers who use these touch screen systems within vehicles to play music, make calls, follow navigation routes, and control the car itself. Unlike a computer, if this interface freezes up, the effects are not only irritating and distracting but possibly dangerous. If the programs become overloaded with tasks by the user, a system failure could result.
That’s why Buick is taking extreme measures to make sure its IntelliLink infotainment system doesn’t require rebooting mid-function. By pushing the touch screen over two million times a week, engineers make sure customers avoid IntelliLink freezing when operating the vehicle.
Buick craftsmen “push their vehicles’ buttons” by hooking it up to an automated test bench that imitates typical functions performed on the console by a person—only much faster. At its potential speed, it can simulate over 200 days of use in one actual week.
“Car shoppers expect their in-car infotainment systems to offer not only a full range of convenience features but also complete dependability and functionally,” said Karl Brauer, senior editor of Kelley Blue Book. “That means a rapid response to user inputs and hardware components that consistently withstand consumer demands.”
If at any point, an issue is identified in the hardware or software, it can be quickly recorded and corrected. That way, you can rest assured the Buick you purchase from Hatfield Buick GMC can withstand all your daily pokes and prodding.