The latest cars are being filled with all sorts of technology. With great performance, better fuel economy and top safety ratings. Sometimes car tech can be annoying resulting in lower marks for models in owner surveys.
This feature is becoming popular in new vehicles, meant for saving vital mpg whilst driving though cities. However it can become irritating in traffic-light ridden roads. Auto start-stop disengages the engine as soon as the car becomes idle. The engine starts again as soon as the driven lifts their foot from the brake pedal. In most modern cars the driven is still able to turn this feature off.
Whilst reducing dashboard clutter, touch screens can be highly distracting. Multiple menu commands and virtual buttons can be hard to navigate, so having to get them all sorted before pulling off is beneficial. Although not all touch screens are difficult to operate.
Lane Departure Warnings
Poor weather conditions, ill-marked lanes and narrow roads make this particularly annoying. Lane departure warnings set off an alert when trying to switch lanes without indicating. Whether it’s a bleep or a vibration of the steering wheel, there are many different ways the car manufacturers like to do it. Some drivers even start to tune out of the noise.
In new cars, GPS is generally integrated into the touch screen systems. Making them difficult to operate and potentially distracting whilst driving. Especially if the position of the system is lower than the preferred height of the drivers’ sat-nav.
Incredibly difficult with any accent! The command may be miss-interpreted, making it frustrating for the driver. They are meant to reduce distractions, only if they understand you!
Parking Proximity Alarms
This feature is perfect for reversing into narrow spaces, although the warning can be loud as it’s meant to catch your attention. Rear back-up cameras can be an alternative.