Cars with screens are more insecure than analog ones. Just demonstrated a 2005 Volvo

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During our analyzes of electric cars we have commented on more than one occasion that the extensive use of screens instead of physical controls makes driving difficult. “We have no proof, but we have no doubts either,” we might have said. Now, we know that yes, there is also evidence.


because the swedish magazine Vi Bilägare has confirmed the suspicions that had been assaulting us. The use of touch screens and buttons in cars makes it difficult (and much) to configure the controls and they are more insecure. To sample, a fact: a 2005 Volvo V70 has bettered the records of any current car.

Up to four times more insecure

Those responsible for the study gathered a dozen vehicles at a local airfield. Besides of Volvo V70the magazine had the participation of the following vehicles:

Before the tests, each participant was allowed to become familiar with the controls of the vehicles and, subsequently, they were asked to perform up to four tasks in progress. Some had the objective of setting the ideal room temperature (heating the seat, increasing the climate control degrees or demisting the windows) or managing the infotainment systems (searching for a specific radio station, restarting the browser, lowering the brightness of the screen or turning it off). ).

During the tests, one conclusion emerged: modern vehicles are more insecure, they take longer to set up and also require many more times to look away. While the Volvo V70 needed just 306 meters and ten seconds driving at 110 km/h, the MG Marvel R used 44.6 seconds and 1372 meters.

After the Volvo V70, the vehicles that best result gave were the Dacia Sandero and the Volvo C40. Their secret does not seem to be so: they are simpler than any. The BMW iX, however, was one of those that received the most criticism, especially in the handling of the air conditioning, something that we already criticized during the SUV test and that we have seen replicated in the BMW i4. It does not seem that the brand is willing to change.

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Most of the models needed between 20 and 30 seconds to cover all the demands that the examiners had asked of the participants. That is, the new vehicles traveled between two and three times more meters than the Volvo V70 of the year 2005.

During our analyzes of electric cars we have commented on more than one occasion that the extensive use of screens…

During our analyzes of electric cars we have commented on more than one occasion that the extensive use of screens…

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