Mercedes is following the trend. ADR’s? Homogenised/harmonised globally so no worries? Profits are important (as is camera revenue), safety less so. Isn’t it great? The pundits are all over them. Cannot require manufacturers to worry about safety when they don’t have to, can we.
And possibly one can’t drive at night (especially outside lit urban areas) as one won’t be able to see out the front windscreen all that well. Having a bright light source in front of the driver when the exterior of the car is dark, is an almost guarantee for an accident.
My car has the same. The problem is that in a dull day when you want to put on the headlights for safety not to see the road this makes the dashboard very hard to see. I wish there was a way to disable this ‘feature’.
Just one more example of software and control options that are supposed to make your life easier by doing things for you that make life harder.
Good grief this is insane! No wonder there are so many head-on collisions these days, most drivers are more interested in fiddling with their pretty display screens than watching the road. Back in my day it was illegal to have any kind of screen anywhere that could be seen by the driver! And yes, the car radio had big knobs on so you didn’t have to look at it to tune it.
Where it could end up might be open ended?
At some point there could be regulation to limit what is delivered. IE to ensure it’s provided in a way that reduces risk and improves safety. However that is not what is being promoted. It’s appealing to other needs if only to gain our attention.
An awful lot of Karen-type answers here.
A built-in GPS would be infinitely preferable to the standalone ones that release themselves from the window at inopportune moments.
The computer, and screen systems in police cars are operated by the passenger, not the driver.
It’s a case of fit it, put a strongly worded note in the manual discouraging people from using it when the vehicle is in motion, but the manufacturers know that people will do it anyway, and also it’ll create more demand for hands-free (eg self-drive) options in vehicles. Sneaky…
(On a side note, the sooner ALL vehicles are self-drive and networked together, the sooner we’ll hopefully see a drastic reduction in accidents, fuel and energy use, and pollution. I do enjoy driving but I’m quite happy to take my hands off the wheel if it has all these benefits.)
I have a Renault Megane with a large touch screen which controls climate, media and navigation amongst a few other thnings. Whilst it is great for Navigation, and allows you to advance to the next song with a swipe, for other functions it is a step back requiring too much attention and accuracy with the fingers to change simple things like the fan speed and radio station etc. compared to a simple mechanical dial or preset button. Things that are easy to do by touch (this reducing the need for the driver to take their eyes from the road) using a physical dial or button are best left at that, rather than in a complex screen menu requiring greater accuracy of movement and hence the drivers full visual attention.
Our car with 17" centre screen (set brightness to be adaptive, just like you do for a mobile phone screen) accepts voice commands for many things
controlling headlights, foglights, air conditioning, sunroof, navigation, music, hands-free phone (calls and SMS texts), suspension, etc, etc, etc … so hands never have to leave the steering wheel.