Vehicle touchscreens should be more like the Apple Watch

“I’ve long been critical of auto manufacturers often-haphazard deployment of touchscreens. The basic gist of my gripes: These displays often force drivers to take their eyes off the road in order to navigate unintuitive interfaces with lots of tiny text and no tactile feedback,” Seth Porges writes for Forbes. “Test-driving some luxury vehicles makes me yearn for the days when the most complex dashboard control was a simple tuner dial: A learning curve-free control whose graspability and satisfying ‘click’ makes it very easy to use without so much as a glance.”

“Still, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that not only are in-car touchscreens here to stay. After all, they look great in showrooms and have infinitely adjustable displays that are ideal for displaying disparate chunks of information such as satellite radio, maps, and traffic alerts. The key then becomes to create a touchscreen that is minimal in its distraction, effective at delivering information with a quick glance, and has some sort of tactile control,” Porges writes. “In other words: Car manufacturers need to make touchscreens that operate less like an iPad, and more like an Apple Watch.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Before long, iPad will operate less like an iPad and more like an Apple Watch. Force Touch on every applicable Apple device (iPhones, iPads, Magic Trackpads) ASAP! (BTW: Apple’s Magic Mouse always had its own “Force Touch” as taps on it are discrete from clicks).

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. The nearly 18″ display in the Telsla Model S is enormous, but the best in-car screen I’ve seen yet. It’s so well thought out it is very likely there was Apple, or ex-Apple employee input to it. In a recent test drive however, it was distracting to try and bring up the correct screen for a function and then to change pertinent settings. But this is not much different to trying to find conventional controls in a car one is unfamiliar with. The screen was well integrated into the overall interior design, but I can’t help agreeing with others that perhaps a car is not the safest place to be using a display. Time will tell if these increasingly screen equipped cars have higher crash rates.

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