The Genesis has cruise control with “lane keeping” that tries to keep the car a constant distance from the car in front and within the white lines. Can you truly live the American dream of smoking your medical marijuana, sipping on your 40 oz. malt liquor, and cruising hands-free at 65 mph on the Interstate? Not unless you want to be pulled over for driving erratically and/or operating a bang-bang control system. The car does not attempt to read the road and drive in the middle of the lane. It waits until the car is nearly out of the lane and then puts in a reasonably sharp correction, resulting in a disturbing weaving.
The car demonstrates a desperate need for a modular IT system in which the dashboard has a dock for an iPad or Android tablet that can be upgraded periodically. The hardware in the car is already too slow for the software, which takes 3-4 seconds to do voice recognition for a simple command such as “radio”. The hardware gets so far behind the software that it sometimes misses control inputs, e.g., moving the tuning knob to change the radio frequency. One could live with this defect if one knew that it would be possible to get a more powerful tablet six months from now and have everything run twice as fast. However, I don’t think that there is any upgrade path and therefore a person who takes delivery of this car today will have, five years from now, an expensive collection of computer software and hardware that was obsolete seven years earlier.
How does it look and drive? The grill, while big enough to cool a mining truck’s diesel engine, doesn’t look quite as huge/hideous in real life as in the photos. The car drives very nicely and the suspension is definitely more compliant than the one in my seven-year-old Infiniti M35x. The factory audio system sounds great. The handling and performance is more than adequate for any public road.