New technology “difficult to operate intuitively” for functions such as air conditioners. This is what Japanese companies go against growing industry standards.
Honda is back with the same controls for some of the functions on the new Honda Jazz. This is contrary to what other car manufacturers are doing
Honda reintroduces heating and air-conditioning controls through a dial instead of a touchscreen. However, at present, most other manufacturers use touch screens to control. And smartphones are their inspiration. We can see in the latest Audi A3.
To minimize driver disruption, Honda changed it from a touchscreen to a dial operation. Based on the feedback of the customers, they think it is difficult to operate intuitively when having to change the heater seat. To help its customers operate it more easily and feel safer and more confident when driving, Honda decided to remove the touch screen.
Other carmakers think that smartphone-sensing is more commonly used. In addition, this system is as user friendly as it used to be. Many manufacturers are turning to touch screen control only.
While Honda’s decision to return to physical controls will be popular with some – including, no doubt, its ageing owner base in the UK – the predicted move towards more voice-controlled actions in cars could eliminate the debate around touchscreens versus analogue controls in the future.