Did Tesla create a dangerous fad in our cars?

Did Tesla create a dangerous fad in our cars?

XXL touch screens that concentrate too many functions can dangerously distract the driver.

In the list of what characterizes a Tesla, there is the touch screen. Of course, the American firm was not the first to offer this type of technology in a car. But from its first mass-produced vehicle, the Model S, it hit hard in this area. In 2012, its large sedan featured a 17-inch screen. At the time, the average screen for GPS was more like 7 inches!

Equipment that was therefore found in the Model 3. If for her the screen is “only” 15 inches, it is still significantly larger than that offered by the competition. Tesla even dared to remove the instrumentation behind the wheel. At this point, Tesla has not yet been widely followed.

On the other hand, Tesla has contributed a lot to the democratization of the XXL touch screen. With one consequence: the disappearance of the physical buttons of the different functions of the car. Even Porsche put an end to its sacrosanct “one function = one button” with the touchscreen era!

There is nothing better than the classic button

The concern is that this fad poses safety concerns. You’ve probably already figured out if your car is all touch. Maybe you’ve already had a scare when you got lost in an air conditioning control.

The Swedish magazine Vi Bilägare investigated the issue by conducting a test with eleven touchscreen-equipped vehicles. The driver had to perform a series of tasks, for example turn on the radio and find a defined station, activate the seat heating, increase the temperature of the air conditioning by two degrees, start the defrost…

The point of comparison was a 2005 Volvo, which did not have a touch screen. With him, the list of manipulations was completed in 10 seconds. With the Tesla Model 3, it was 23.5 seconds, more than double. However, the American sedan is not the worst of all. He took 25.7 seconds in the Volkswagen ID.3 and even 29.3 seconds in the Seat Leon. On the other hand, proof that touch can be done well if well thought out and assisted by the necessary physical buttons, operations took 13.7 seconds in the new Volvo C40 Recharge.

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Red card for the MG Marvel R

Still, Tesla can really have a bad influence when brands try to copy it to offer their customers a similar experience, something that is becoming very common in electric vehicles, giving the big screen the futuristic image that we expect in this type of car. . In the very techno BMW iX, the test time was 30 seconds.

If we see a logical improvement among luxury brands, for example the Mercedes Hyperscreen, the phenomenon also affects the most accessible brands. In its new electric “top of the range” Marvel R, MG has installed an XXL vertical screen, similar to the old Model S. With this model, Vi Bilägare test operations lasted 44.9 seconds! In addition, the layout of the screen forces the driver to tilt his head sharply to see a function that would be at the bottom. Such ergonomics pose a real danger to the driver, since this search time is time not to look at the road.

Brands shouldn’t back down when it comes to touch, which has both design and cost benefits. But they must think carefully about the use of menus. To improve road safety, it is also necessary to maintain physical control, quick access, essential functions.

Train before you hit the road

Because also on this point, Tesla can be a bad example to follow. If in the end the Model 3 is doing quite well compared to other models in the Swedish evaluation, the test focused on common operations where the touch becomes almost automatic. But on the little Tesla, the lid is taken a long way, as even changing the speed of the wipers forces the screen through. The American was thus trapped in another test carried out by the Swiss organization TCS.

It also assessed the risk of inattention when using features related to headlights, windshield wipers, air conditioning, and GPS. The Model 3 obtained an overall score of 34%, compared to 72% of other 3, the Mazda. If the Model 3 did well on the navigation side, it did very poorly on lights and wipers. Fun fact: Even with a physical button, the Model 3 crashed. None of the testers (they did not know the model) found the warning function, being it located at the height of the ceiling light, with a control embedded in the ground.

Obviously, everything goes smoothly when a vehicle has been properly presented to its future driver. Voice control is also a good way to keep your hands on the wheel. And for the functions that go through the screen, after a period of adaptation, many drivers will feel comfortable and the thing will be obvious to them.

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