Recently, automakers have just become obsessed with touch screens and are trying to replace all physical buttons with them, while assuring us that this is very convenient, but is it really?
The journalists of the Swedish automotive publication Vi Bilägare decided to answer this difficult question, for which they tested 12 cars, 11 of which were modern, that is, equipped with touch screens, and only 1 17-year-old Volvo V70 equipped with physical buttons.
All cars were tested by one driver, whose task was to perform 4 simple steps for a while, namely, switch the radio station, adjust the temperature in the cabin, reset the on-board computer and reduce the brightness of the instrument panel backlight.
Testing was complicated by the fact that all these actions had to be performed while moving along a busy highway at a speed of 110 km. / h., and in order for the test results to be as objective as possible, the driver carefully studied the operating instructions for the modern cars being tested and, even before testing, knew where everything was and how it was turned on or regulated.
As a result, the test results were as follows:
1st place: Volvo V70 – 10 sec. and 306 m.
2nd place: Dacia Sandero – 13.5 sec. and 414 m.
3rd place: Volvo C40 – 13.7 sec. and 417 m.
4th place: Subaru Outback – 19.4 sec. and 592 m.
5th place: Mercedes-Benz GLB – 20.5 sec. and 616 m.
6th place: Tesla Model 3 – 23.5 seconds and 717 m.
7th place: Nissan Qashqai – 25.1 sec. and 765 m.
8th place: Volkswagen ID.3 – 25.7 seconds and 786 m.
9th place: Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 26.7 sec. and 815 m.
10th place: Seat Leon – 29.3 sec. and 895 m.
11th place: BMW iX – 30.4 sec. and 928 m.
12th place: MG Marvel R – 44.9 sec. and 1,372 m.
As you can see, the winner, not surprisingly, was the Volvo V70, where it took the driver just 10 seconds to complete all the required actions, during which this car covered 306 meters, and the loser with a result of almost 45 seconds and 1,372 meters was the MG Marvel R electric car.
Of course, over time, any driver gets used to his car and uses its functionality much faster than in the first days of operation, but this fact does not cancel the results of the testing described above and does not mean that touch screens are more convenient than physical buttons. Informative yes, but not convenient!
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