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[Good news] European car safety body is coming for touchscreens. The European New Car Assessment Programme mandates that key controls need physical buttons or switches

www.politico.eu European car safety body is coming for touchscreens

The European New Car Assessment Programme mandates that key controls need physical buttons or switches.

European car safety body is coming for touchscreens
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  • I remember the first time I saw a Tesla interior and just couldn’t understand why the hell they moved the speedometer (and every other piece of critical information) out of your line of sight.

    We have completely added a shitton of inconvenience and confusion to car interiors. This is what my dash looks like in a 2003:

    This and my radio are literally all I need to operate my vehicle. The idea of having screens and any extra information just bothers me. We’re hurtling 2+ ton boxes of death along highways and neighborhoods. They should be treated like construction equipment. They shouldn’t be entertainment first. You shouldn’t be fully relaxed and unaware of your surroundings.

    And you certainly shouldn’t feel like the car has your back. The way modern safety features lull you into a false sense of security is honestly one of the worst ideas yet. If you’re convinced the car will always protect you with 287 “automatic” safety features, you’ll be convinced you don’t have to pay attention anymore.

    When did cars become living rooms with wheels?

    • They should be treated like construction equipment.

      You haven't been in modern construction equipment. They are even more touch screens than any car. They are also a lot more automated - in some cases the only purpose of the operator is to watch for kids running into the construction site and hitting the emergency stop. (the operator because he is there is watching the screens as well, but the only thing that couldn't technically be done from an office given a good network connection is watching for safety issues)

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