Drivers Are Demanding Real Buttons and Knobs

David Zipper, Slate:

Happily, there is one area where we are making at least marginal progress: A growing number of automakers are backpedaling away from the huge, complex touchscreens that have infested dashboard design over the past 15 years. Buttons and knobs are coming back.


It will be interesting to see how this plays against Apple’s CarPlay plans for this year, which requires a stunning amount of screen space in its prototypical application. If customers are increasingly frustrated by distracting and dangerous touch screens and demand physical controls, perhaps automakers will reject deep CarPlay integration on that basis alone.