You can touch but you'd better not look
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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