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    J.D. Power U.S. Tech Study:  Genesis & Hyundai Takes Top Honors

    If you're a Genesis or Hyundai owner, chances are you're pretty happy with your vehicle's technology.  The two brands sit atop the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study, as the brands with the fewest owner reported tech issues.  Genesis ranks highest overall.

    The TXI study is focused on advanced vehicle technology as it first comes to market. It combines the level of adoption of new technologies for each brand with excellence in execution, and examines how much owners like the technologies and how many problems they experience while using them.  

    "Genesis is pleased to deliver the latest technologies to our customers with our award-winning lineup of vehicles," said Claudia Marquez, chief operating officer of Genesis Motor North America. "We are glad that the study’s results recognize our commitment to implementing technologies focused on improving our customers’ driving experience."

    J.D. Power says of the advanced technologies included in the 2022 TXI Study, 46% of them had at least one problem with a PP100 higher than the most problematic attribute included in the 2022 IQS, with some exceeding it several times over. The lower the PP100 score, the better. 

    One of the highest performing features in the study? Phone-based digital keys. The most troublesome technology? Fingerprint readers, which rank as the lowest-performing tech, surpassing interior gesture control.

    Tech Is Risky, Yet Needed

    In releasing the results of its study, J.D. Power calls new-vehicle tech a "double-edged sword",  risky yet needed for future adoption. Researchers say it's a misconception that advanced technologies always lead to significant problems and says it's more concerning that it could  prompt automakers to slow their implementation of new technologies. This strategy could cause them to lose their competitive advantage, as not all encounter significant quality problems when integrating advanced technologies. In fact, researchers say the study findings indicate there can be a large variation in the number of problems encountered for a particular tech, meaning that some automaker executions are much better at meeting user expectations. For example, the rear seat reminder technology has a range of total problems spanning from 1.9 PP100 to 26.2 PP100, demonstrating that the tech can be developed with minimal owner complaints.

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    “Innovation is non-negotiable,” said Kathleen Rizk, senior director of user experience benchmarking and technology at J.D. Power. “The fact that the average PP100 for a technology is high should not discourage automakers from innovating, as there is often a wide range of total problems experienced for a technology across the brands. This means that some are innovating more flawlessly for a particular tech, while others struggle with their execution. Automakers should consider benchmarking brands that innovate well for a technology, which would allow them to identify and then integrate best practices. Effective innovators understand that new technologies can be introduced successfully with proper design and execution.”

    J.D. Power also points to the disruption from high-tech entrants such as Tesla and Polestar, saying it further accentuates the necessity for innovation. J.D. Power says its essential because new-vehicle technology is a leading reason to purchase. Technology, when it works correctly,  positively influences an owner’s decision to purchase another vehicle equipped with that same technology.  For example, J.D. Powers says one of the highest execution scores in the study is for the phone-based digital key. It's one of the top three tech features owners say they want on their next vehicle.

    “J.D. Power transactional data shows that getting the right mix of technology features owners want is important to perception, profits and sales,” Rizk said. “When owners get the technology features they really want—and which meet their user-experience expectations—the results are positive and those owners tell their friends about the experience.”

    Study Findings

    Following are key findings of the 2022 study, as outlined in J.D. Power's press release:

    • Fingerprint reader most problematic tech in TXI’s history: Fingerprint reader, included in the study for the first time, is the lowest-performing technology across the key metrics of problems experienced (54.3 PP100) and has the lowest overall satisfaction score (6.08 on a 10-point scale). It surpasses interior gesture controls, which previously held the record for being the lowest-performing technology in each of the past two years. The poor performance of the fingerprint reader technology—resulting in many owners not wanting it on their next vehicle—is a missed opportunity, as many owners have used the fingerprint technology to access their smartphone.
    • Tech desires reflect considerable regional differences: J.D. Power TXI studies conducted in the United States, Japan and China include many of the same advanced and emerging technologies, but future interest in those technologies vary by country. EV-based technologies are among the top five most desired technologies in America. Owners in China have more interest in infotainment and connectivity technologies, while emerging automation techs rank in the top five among owners in Japan.
    • Dealers can add value to in-vehicle technology: The result of a dealer demonstrating almost all advanced and emerged technologies results in owners being less likely to abandon a technology after trying it. When a dealer educates a new owner, it elevates the entire ownership experience. In fact, the average vehicle model Net Promoter Score (NPS)1 is higher for those owners who received dealer training for their advanced technologies than those who learned about them from outside sources (88 vs. 81, respectively, on a scale of -100 to 100). This highlights the important role dealerships play in creating awareness and acceptance of advanced technologies.
    • Tesla's unofficial score is highest in study: Tesla Motors is included in the industry calculation for the first time, with an Innovation Index score of 681 (on a 1,000-point scale). However, because Tesla Motors does not allow J.D. Power access to owner information in the states where that permission is required by law, Tesla vehicles remain ineligible for awards.

    Highest-Ranking Brands

    Premium Brands

    • Genesis ranks highest overall and highest among premium brands with an Innovation Index score of 643.
    • Cadillac (584) ranks second
    • Mercedes-Benz (539) ranks third.

    Mass Market Brands

    • Hyundai ranks highest with a score of 534. 
    • Kia(495) ranks second,
    • Buick (482), GMC (482) and Subaru (482) tie for third.

    Advanced Technology Award Recipients

    The study also analyzes 35 automotive technologies, which are divided into four categories:

    • convenience
    • emerging automation
    • energy and sustainability
    • infotainment and connectivity.

    Only technologies classified as advanced are award eligible.

    • Cadillac Escalade is the premium model receiving the convenience award for camera rear-view mirror technology. Subaru Ascent is the mass market model receiving the convenience award, also for camera rear-view mirror technology.
    • Lexus IS is the premium model receiving the emerging automation award for front cross traffic warning. Mitsubishi Outlander is the mass market model receiving the emerging automation award for reverse automatic emergency braking.
    • MINI Cooper receives the award for energy and sustainability in the mass market segment for one-pedal driving.
    • BMW X3 receives the award for infotainment and connectivity in the premium segment for phone-based digital key technology.

    About The Study

    The 2022 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study is based on responses from 84,165 owners of new 2022 model-year vehicles who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study was fielded from February through May 2022. 

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