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The HMI (Human-Machine Interface) Multimedia Commander panel is designed to be operated entirely by feel (once you get used to it), to control all of the functions of the infotainment and connectivity system and the intuitive “joystick” knob can be moved left/right/forward/back and rotated clockwise/counterclockwise – to navigate through the menus, scroll through lists and zoom in/out on the maps.
It becomes quite apparent that the decision as to where to place the Commander panel was made in Japan, which is right-hand drive (RHD), as resting your arm in the LHD configuration will probably result in your inadvertently pressing down on the Commander knob, which selects the current highlighted option, and can get somewhat annoying. As for the other 6 dedicated Commander buttons…
Buttons surrounding the multimedia commander knob:
– access the audio menu
– return to the main menu screen
– access map surrounding current location and navigation menu
(if navigation is not enabled, a GPS location screen with compass will be displayed)
– long-press to trigger announcement of the next turn instructions
– Turn to adjust volume; Nav volume is independent of Entertainment volume and can also be adjusted with the volume knob (while speaking instructions)
– Push down to mute Entertainment audio; does not effect Navigation volume
– access your stored favorites:
up to 50 AM & FM radio stations
up to 50 contacts from your phone (if paired and downloaded)
up to 50 navigation points (if navigation is enabled)
– long-press to store particular items as favorites
– returns to previous screen
Also note that if you ever want to reboot the system without turning off your ignition for a moment, simply push both the Mute + Nav buttons for 10 seconds.
In addition to the Commander panel, there are 7 other buttons that interface with Infotainment system, located on the left side of the steering wheel.
- A short tap of Button  is the Bluetooth Make Call
- A short tap of Button  is the Bluetooth End Call
- Pressing the Talk button [center portion of 3] allows you to input a voice control command, however by pressing it again, you can skip the voice guidance response and speak the next command
- Pressing the Volume buttons [upper (+) and lower (-) portions of 3] functions the same as the Commander volume control
- In Radio mode, a short tap of the Seek* buttons [upper (⇒) and lower (⇐) portions of 4] will take you the Next/Previous favorite radio station in the programmed order, whereas long presses of the same buttons will seek to the Next/Previous playable radio station in the current AM/FM band. When playing streaming audio, a short tap of these same buttons will serve as Next/Previous/Restart, whereas long presses will serve as Fast Forward/Rewind
- The eighth button [Info, center portion of 4] doesn’t interface with the Infotainment Center, but instead toggles various functions within the small digital display to the left of the tachometer
* Seek Switch
Press the seek switch , . The radio switches to the next/previous stored station in the order that it was stored.
Press and hold the seek switch , to seek all usable stations at a higher or lower frequency whether programmed or not.
Radio stations which have been previously stored in the Favorites auto memory tuning can be called up by pressing the seek switch , while any radio station stored in the auto memory tuning is being received. Radio stations can be called up in the order they were stored with each press of the switch , .
USB Audio/Bluetooth® Audio
Press the seek switch to skip forward to the beginning of the next track.
Press the seek switch within a few seconds after playback begins to track down to the beginning of the previous track.
Press the seek switch after a few seconds have elapsed to start playback from the beginning of the current track.
Press and hold the seek switch , to continuously switch the tracks up or down.
Press the seek switch to skip forward to the beginning of the next track.
Press and hold the seek switch to evaluate the playback of the current song as “Like”.
Press and hold the seek switch to evaluate the playback of the current song as “Dislike”.
Hidden Commander shortcuts
The menus that your dealership technicians access to diagnose your Infotainment system or to update the system’s firmware, can also be invoked with the Commander buttons, however I suggest all you do is just scroll through seeing what all the options are without actually selecting them, especially those noted “Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use” (you can brick the system if you mess around with these options).
Diagnostics Menu <#diag>
Press & Hold: Music + Favorites + Mute until the Diagnostics menu comes up.
You can use the Commander knob to scroll through all the different options, each described below:
Diagnostic Assist Code List
(from document SH13429)
|No.||Center display (diagnostic content)||Content/function|
|01||CD Test||CD player inspection|
|02||Clear DTC||DTC clearing|
|03||Read AVC DTC||Inspection of all DTCs related to module|
|04||Read CMU DTC||DTC inspection for connectivity master unit (CMU)|
|05||Read TAU DTC||DTC inspection for tuner and amp unit (TAU)|
|06||Read CD DTC||DTC inspection for CD player|
|07||Read DTV DTC||Does not operate due to unavailability of applicable DTC.|
|08||Software Reset AVC||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|09||Software Version Display (CD)||Software version verification|
|10||Part Number Readout CD/DVD||Part number verification|
|21||DVD Test Mode Enable||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|22||DVD Test Mode Disable||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|24||Vehicle Data Transfer||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|25||Antenna Continuity Status||Antenna control output condition inspection|
|26||DTV Test Mode ON||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|27||DTV Test Mode OFF||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|28||HD Certification AM (Main Tuner)||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|53||Software Version Display (CMU)||Software version verification|
|57||Software Version Display (VIP)||Software version verification|
|58||Vehicle Info||Configuration information verification|
|59||CMU Serial Number Readout||Individual number verification|
|61||Vehicle Signal (Unit Status)||Vehicle signal verification|
|65||Commander and Switch Check||Switch inspection|
|68||Software version display (TFT Display)||Software version verification|
|69||Software version display (Touch Panel)||Software version verification|
|70||Display Check||Display/touch panel inspection|
|72||GPS Data||GPS information verification|
|84||Maker code Display TAU||Manufacturer verification|
|85||Part Number Readout TAU||Part number verification|
|86||Radio Test Mode AM (Main)||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|87||HD Certification FM (Main Tuner)||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|88||HD Certification FM (Sub Tuner)||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|89||XM Certification||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|90||AM Reception Sensitivity Level Test||Radio reception condition inspection|
|91||Radio Test Mode FM (Main)||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|92||Radio Test Mode FM (Sub)||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|93||Software Version Display (TAU)||Software version verification|
|94||Speaker Cyclic Test (FM)||Speaker Inspection|
|95||Vehicle Info Display (TAU)||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|96||XM Serial Number||Do not operate because it is displayed, but, not function.|
|97||Radio Electric Field Strength (AM)||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|98||Radio Electric Field Strength (FM)||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
|99||Software Update||Do not operate because item is for manufacturer use.|
CPU/MEM/VIP Performance Monitor
Press & Hold: Music + Back + Mute until the 3-color bar overlay comes up in the right corner of your screen. You can then operate your Infotainment system and monitor each function’s effect on performance with either that small overlay, or by tapping the overlay, bringing up a semi-transparent full-screen view of the Linux Performance Monitor.
It is temporary function, so the performance monitors will disappear at the next reboot.
Press Back + Fav to save screenshots (not sure where they are saved to though).
Press & Hold: Nav + Mute for 10 seconds.
If you have any good tidbits to add to this, leave a comment. I’m hoping that there might be some other unknown functions and “Easter Eggs” for these buttons using long presses, etc. I stumbled on the radio station scan function quite by accident 😉