Why touch screens in vehicles are a bad idea

namzsteve

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The problem is not the tech, people are the problem.
Look on the road and see how many people are driving with their phones in the faces, do they know that it is dangerous to drive while on their cellphones, of course! They say they "can multitask"
Just pull over if you've got an urgent text to reply to, it's pretty simple.
 

Swa

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It depends on how you use it. I hear those sexbots are quite popular.
 

Happy Days

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Because you have to look at them more often (distracted driving), and they might give too much info (information overload).

I do not need to take my eyes of the road to change between the 6 preset radio channels in my car due to it using 6 physical buttons, with the nice big volume/on-off button in between.
Read the article.

Touch screens are distracting, as they require you to look at the screen to interact with it and find the information or controls you are looking for. There is no tactile feedback.

A physical button or dial is always there, and always does the same function. You can use it without having to look at it.
Comes down to good ol' muscle memory. Your body can respond far quicker when having to deal with a physical object than having to process first and then respond.
 

supersunbird

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The problem is not the tech, people are the problem.
Look on the road and see how many people are driving with their phones in the faces, do they know that it is dangerous to drive while on their cellphones, of course! They say they "can multitask"
Just pull over if you've got an urgent text to reply to, it's pretty simple.
What about people driving with in ear earphones, they cannot hear sirens or nothing, do their cars not have speakers and aux ports?
 

Rabobi

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I personally prefer a nice big screen and steering wheel controls.

I also cannot stand talking to the car. Just not my thing.

+1 to HUD
 

Thor

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2 more years and you'll start to see Google ads in there.
 

Geoff.D

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My 6 year old car with no touch screen can completely be voice controlled if need be - with the added benefit of physical buttons.
My 2005 and 2007 cars are completely voice-controlled already. SWAMBO says do this or that and the dummy behind the steering wheel presses the right button. :p:oops:
 

Genisys

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I love all the outrage in this thread because of Touch screen information systems, yet everyone forgets the fact that people have smartphones, many sending messages and talking on their smartphones while driving, which is even more dangerous overall.
 
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