Future cars could ditch touchscreens and bring back buttons – all in the name of safety

Arguably the most influential car safety assessment programme in Europe has announced that it is to ‘incentivise’ manufacturers to refrain from mapping key car functionality to touchscreens, with an onus on reverting back to physical controls.It’s a gripe that many motorists have with modern vehicles, as recent trends in automotive design have seen car interiors wiped of nearly all physical controls, with even important functions now buried deep within menus on a touchscreen display.Volkswagen, for example, came under fire

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