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All of us are old enough to remember cars, in which one controlled most devices by means of a switch, knob or button that one pressed, flicked or turned.  Night or day, they were easy to locate, operate and – more importantly – one didn't have to take one's eyes off the road to do so.  Then along came mobile phones, which people used when driving, often with disastrous consequences as it was necessary to look at the phone as one dialled or performed certain other functions.  As a result, their use was banned while driving, with certain exceptions for 'hands off' devices, the lawmakers reasoning that taking one's eyes off the road to use the phone was dangerous.  Quite so!  But then along came touch screens, with which almost every car is now equipped and which one cannot operate without looking at the screen.  How the hell did these ever slip past the nannies making the rules of the road?  In my humble opinion these touch screens are quite the most dangerous component of the vehicle – unless of course you include all too many Thai drivers!


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One of the many reasons I like my Mazda is Mazda believes that touch screens are dangerous. In my 2014 Mazda the touch screen only worked if the car was in park. Once moving a button must be used. In my 2020 Mazda there are no touch screens, everything is accomplished buy a button or knob.


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Interesting rdro!  My 2018 Honda Civic - and most of the other Hondas I've seen are touch screen mad!  I haven't seen the newest ones though.  Maybe the manufacturers are wiseing up to this?!


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My vehicle has NO touch screens and neither does my phone   ;) 
I do know that's a bit 'luddite'.

I agree with your comments both - I wouldn't want one in my car at all.

Were I ever to invest again in cars, it looks like it's a Mazda for me  :)  or something older before touchies were commonly brought in.

My ole' Dad would have grumbled - 'what a waste of technology' on the subject. Because it (touchscreens) can be done, doesn't mean it should be done.
''If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough'' - Albert Einstein


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I have a Kenwood device with touchscreen installed in my car. When I play music I can put level up/down/change back/change forward with buttons on my steering wheel. When I receive a telephone call I can answer with buttons on steering wheel too (handsfree of course). If I want to make a call I push button on steering wheel and give voice command whom to call. If I use touchscreen for navi I do it before departure when car is not moving.  I am very happy with my Kenwood device.

For the remainder it is all about selfdiscipline.


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I agree with you Robert. We have a Renault Kadjar which has a touch screen to control a myriad of things. But finding those things would involve scrolling through a number of menus and I cannot believe this can possibly be done safely whilst on the move. The steering wheel has controls for everything, and I have not tried the voice control.

Tesla cars have a large 'ipad', presumably as a nod to self driving car technology championed by Elon Musk. But all is not as it seems, it seems: Tesla autopilot