The world of automobile is moving towards a less intuitive cabin with the advent of touchscreens and all kinds of connectivity options. However, touchscreens and connectivity options are not particularly all that reliable compared to the good ol’ dial knobs or switches. That is because some touchscreen controls are just bad and not as intuitive as they should be. Besides being unintuitive, annoying, and slow; you also need to take your eyes off the road, and that disrupts your driving.
Honda and Mazda are two of the big brands that have decided to change from touchscreen to dial knobs in two of their best selling models: the Jazz and Mazda3. The Honda Jazz and Mazda3 (in the U.S. market) already ditched touchscreen for dials. The reasons are fairly simple to decipher:
- It takes a long while to figure out controls on a touchscreen
- It isn’t intuitive
- Causes distractions while drivingi
- Connectivity doesn’t work between smartphone and display
- Touchscreen fault may cause shut-down of certain functions
At Honda, the reason the Jazz (Fit) reverted back to knobs is to minimize driver disruption for operation, in particular, for the heater and air conditioning. To change a/c temperature and such, you’d have to look at the screen to change the setting which often causes the driver to take the eyes off the road. With touchscreens, you need both touch and sight. With knobs, you only need sight one or two times. Then, it’s locked into your memory and only touch is necessary. That means you can keep your eyes on the road.
Lastly, we leave you with these words from Confucius, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated!”