Physical buttons are increasingly rare in modern cars. Most manufacturers are switching to touchscreens – which perform far worse in a test carried out by Vi Bilägare. The driver in the worst-performing car needs four times longer to perform simple tasks than in the best-performing car.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Anyone with more than only a modicum of experience in human-machine interaction will tell you touchscreens are a terrible idea in cars. It’s high time safety regulators start, well, regulating the use of touchscreens in cars.
File this under “duh”, haha.
While tactile controls are obviously beneficial in cars, IMHO they’re preferable for most other things too. I prefer washers and dryers with physical controls over touch screen ones. Even something like a volume knob with subtle notches has a much higher quality feel than slidding a finger on a piece of glass. Of course touch screens have the benefit of being more portable, which is great for phones, but at the same time the experience is bad enough that I’ll postpone typing until I get to a real keyboard. Brands are replacing tactile controls to be “futuristic”, but honestly most of the time it seems like a downgrade to me. Alas, generic slabs of glass have probably become much cheaper than high quality physical controls, so we’ll probably be seeing fewer and fewer of them going forward.
R.I.P. tactile controls, you will be missed.