Volvo system relies heavily on touch control
Volvo is excited about the new in-care experience that it will be showing off in Geneva next month. The automaker is offering up some details on the system ahead of that official unveil. The new system uses a large touchscreen in the center of the dash.
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“The basic idea is to organise controls and information in a perfectly intuitive and user-friendly way. Everything is exactly where you expect it to be, making the drive more enjoyable, efficient, and safe,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars.
That touchscreen is in portrait mode and has different cards with information on them. The cards include things like navigation, audio, and more. The bottom card on the screen is for climate control.
The big downside I see to this system will be the same as on all other touch car systems. It is difficult to reliably use touch controls in a car without taking your eyes off the road and looking at what you are pressing. With knobs, you can just reach down and feel what you are doing without looking. Volvo says that its new in-car system will be used on the XC90 later in 2014.
“The new user interface is designed to create a smooth, logical and safe interaction between the driver and the car,” says Thomas Ingenlath. “This goes far beyond just putting a large tablet in the centre of the dashboard. We have created a digital environment that is fully integrated in the car.”