Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Here’s what I love about the touchscreen dashboard in the Tesla Model X automobile: it’s a touchscreen device. And here’s what I hate about it: it’s a touchscreen device.
I can think of a number of functional benefits of having a touchscreen dashboard in an automobile. But I believe there’s a critical flaw in that touchscreen devices offer no tactile feedback.
While driving a vehicle with physical switches, buttons, and dials one can use tactile senses to complete dashboard tasks while keeping an eye on the road. But a touchscreen interface ironically requires a marriage between touch and sight. The latter being a critical component of safe driving.
The Model X is a fantastic specimen of automobile engineering overall. And the touchscreen dashboard is no exception. I simply believe it exhibits this flaw which can’t be overlooked.