Why some people hate touch screens in cars


Car and truck dashboards used to be filled with buttons, switches and knobs — controls someone could operate without looking at them.

But touch screens have all but totally taken over the vehicle market. Critics say they are dangerous and annoying. Industry insiders don’t think they are going anywhere.

According to industry forecaster S&P Global Mobility, in 2022, 78.6% of all vehicles will be equipped with a center stack display. That is a term for a screen in the center of the dashboard. Nearly all of those — 93.5% — will be touch screens.

Newer automakers such as Tesla and Rivian have been especially enthusiastic about touch screens. Most of the controls a driver would adjust in a…


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