Before, it was enough to move a lever to regulate the mirrors; now we have to touch a screen four times

It does not take a rigorous scientific experiment to show that the -sometimes massive- car screens are more dangerous than the usual buttons, but the future of the automotive industry and luxury inevitably go through digitization.

Thus we find the new Mercedes-Benz EQS and a set of screens that form a single one and a half meters, which act as a control bridge and suppose that for a simple lumbar adjustment you have to press five touch commands. Or the case of the new new smart #1 and its mirror regulation.

The screens, the submenus and the distractions

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The fact that it is so complex to make changes to the lumbar adjustment of the electric sedan has not been overlooked in the assessment of Consumer Reports.

Although the general opinion of the futuristic model by the American magazine is very positive, they highlight the problem of having to go through five screens on the large central screen to adjust the lumbar support settings.

It is to be hoped that the German manufacturer has devised this route thinking that the usual driver is only going to have to do the task once, but on the other hand it is normal that one has to resort to small adjustments on a daily basis depending on the circumstances.

The interior of the EQS is dominated by a set of three screens placed on the dashboard: a 12.3-inch for the dashboard, a 17.7-inch OLED touchscreen for the infotainment system and a 12.3-inch touchscreen. in front of the passenger seat.

The entire system is covered by a Gorilla Glass surface molded at 650º. It is a single slightly curved piece of 1.41 meters that leaves a continuous surface and in which we will only see some lines as safety cuts so that it does not jump in case of breakage by impact.

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An ode to the car of the future. Problem? Doubts about the viability of this screen, at least in Spain. According to article 18 of the General Circulation Regulations (of 2003), the handling of any screen while we are circulating is prohibited to avoid distractions.

But the reality is that car design is moving towards the massive use of screens while legislation remains stagnant.

And that implies that in cars as popular as the Tesla Model X or the Tesla Model S, the physical gear lever is moved to the screen, while in the Model 3 it is the handbrake that does the same.

We have also seen how the simple – and important – gesture of looking at exterior rearview mirrors becomes a challenge when they are digitized.

This is the case of the Audi-etron, which has cameras that replace the traditional mirrors and that force the brain to get used to looking at the small digital screens located on the door panels, at a height that is not too comfortable.

In the case of the new smart #1, the adjustment of the rear-view mirrors also goes through the 12.8-inch central screen. It has a direct access, but to regulate both requires touching the screen up to four times.

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Practically all of the information and entertainment elements of the car such as audio, navigation, driving mode settings.

In the end, the simpler the user interface and the less time we spend touching a screen while driving, the safer the journey will be.


Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.

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