Exactly. With physical switches, the same function always occurs from the same location and you can tell switch position by feel without looking. Touch screen is fine for radio, but anything necessary for vehicle operation should never be behind a menu system.
On my Subaru, there is a prominent gage that shows immediate fuel consumption, a very unimportant data element. The actual fuel gage is a small monochrome digital bar that I have to look for. Knowing when my fuel level is going into reserve is actually important, but much harder to find than burn rate.
This is great feedback. I appreciate your responses.
I've been developing user interfaces for websites for about a decade. I'm now curious how the rest of the world views (as you described it) a "menu system
" for essentially everything or anything else. I too enjoy dedicated/physical interfaces for their dependability and the tactile experience. Even at my computer this is true.
Now, you did mention that if the car was fully automatic (on autopilot) that you might engage with an interface that was digital. Is that right? I've seen this to some extent in existing vehicles with "call by voice
" features that automatically dial outgoing and accept incoming calls, accomplished largely by voice alone.
The interfaces of the future will, in all honesty, go well beyond a touch screen. But that's a dialogue for another thread.