You can touch but you'd bet­ter not look

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CAR (UK) - - Car Intercative -

Fear not, Nick Ge­or­giadis (CAR, Au­gust), you are not alone. The trend to touch­screen in­ter­faces in cars is dis­tress­ing, frus­trat­ing and dan­ger­ous.

Try this: walk along the street and find a mu­sic track or ad­just the vol­ume on your smart­phone, with­out look­ing at it. Bet­ter yet, try do­ing it while run­ning at full pace. Smart­phones are fan­tas­tic pieces of en­gi­neer­ing and amaz­ingly use­ful but re­quire eyes-on for their op­er­a­tion, which is in­ap­pro­pri­ate for use in a car in mo­tion.

How is it pos­si­ble that leg­is­la­tion in 60 coun­tries bans the use of smart­phones in cars but a ve­hi­cle can be sold that re­quires you to use a touch­screen to ad­just the cabin tem­per­a­ture and fan speed?

Where will it end? Touch­screens for elec­tric win­dow op­er­a­tion? Wipers? In­di­ca­tors? Brake and throt­tle? Steer­ing wheel? James Hard­ing

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