I hate touchscreen control panels in cars. I'm not sure how manufacturers get away with it being that it's illegal to use your phone while driving in most places and these things are even more of a distraction. I'll take an old beater car with knobs and buttons to do everything, tyvm.
8:25 pm — Friday, 12 January 2018
What ass said. Not only do cars need tactile controls for, they need tactile controls good enough that you can operate them without looking.

Buttons you cannon feel and dials that spin endlessly without positive stops (VW...) are cheap, lazy solutions. If I've spent 10-20,000 miles in a car and still have to look at the controls to use them, that's bad design.
8:34 pm — Friday, 12 January 2018
Not Anonymous:
#3 can't be the most interesting point if you have long been frustrated with how car reviews ignore the design of controls.

If you had thought about it (and many of us have), it merely underscores what was already obvious. If it mattered a lot to you, it would be something you wrote about if you had a well-read blog as a platform, at least occasionally.

Car reviews are written largely for car enthusiasts not typical consumers, and the focus is on performance.

Basic controls need well-designed physical buttons. Buttons you can use wearing gloves when it's 10° in the dead of winter. Buttons that are always in the same place.

Tesla's UI isn't even that great. Volvo is miles ahead of them and everyone else, right now.

But the car is a great platform for voice. A touch-based UI already feels obsolete. You have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy!
9:45 pm — Friday, 12 January 2018
It also doesn't help that Tesla's build quality is terrible.
1:38 pm — Saturday, 13 January 2018
>I feel like #3 is by far the most interesting point, but Valdes-Dapena seems ill-equipped to make it. He just says it’s very annoying, rather than explaining or illustrating why it’s annoying.

"To do almost anything, from adjusting the mirrors to tweaking the car’s speed while driving in Autopilot, I had to use the screen."

He explained it just fine. Stop being a fucking dick, John. If you can do better, why aren't you posting extensive car interface reviews on your blog?
10:24 am — Sunday, 14 January 2018
Nothing beats a good old fashioned knob, button or lever that is clearly obvious in it's purpose.

The UI in many vehicles today is abysmal.

What's next? Digging through 4 steps on a touch screen to use the turn signal?

I can't wait for Siri to be the only way to do anything in the "Apple Car"

"Siri use the windshield wiper fluid"


"Here is what I found on the internet about windshields"
4:28 pm — Sunday, 14 January 2018
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