Citroen and sibling brands Peugeot, DS to move away from native user interface systems
17 May 2019

Peugeot, Citroën and DS will devote far less time and effort working on the user interface systems of future models, focusing instead on the ease of integrating with smartphones. 

“We’re not running 100 screens or bigger screens,” Citroën design boss Pierre Leclercq told Autocar. “You will use your phone to start the car and to do everything. 

“That is the future – it has to be simple, but it has to be intuitive as well.” 

Agreeing that many buyers have been frustrated by clunky native user interface systems, Leclercq said that future Citroëns will be far simpler. 

“Five years ago, we could not assume everybody would have a smartphone,” he said. “Now, when we design cars, we assume that in a couple of years everybody will own a device like this. Then the question is: ‘Does it work with my car?’” 

Citroën is also set to follow the lead of upmarket manufacturers into smartphone-based car security, moving away from conventional keys, or at least offering the option to unlock and start vehicles with smart devices. 

“It is all about making things easier; that is the most important thing now,” said Leclercq.

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17 May 2019

Very sensible comment by M. Leclercq regarding the folly of car manufacturers trying to design infotainment software.  In my experience Android Auto works better than most brand-specific UIs.

I'm not so sure about the move into smartphone-based car security.  Keyless-entry systems seem to have significantly worse security than key-based systems from 5-10 years ago.  Car companies need to fix this and convince us they have done so. 

17 May 2019

I disagree with his comment that car security is all about ease for the owner.  Car security is all about peace of mind and knowing that your car will be where you parked it on your return.

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17 May 2019

....agreed Tom. This is unecessary tech. Whoever decided that it was too onerous to turn an ignition key or to press a key fob to unlock a car?

I am unsure about the ability of starting a car from a smartphone....what happens if the car has been left in gear for example - e.g. when left on a steep hill.

This is just marketing BS, time for back to basics me thinks.

17 May 2019

Citroen making a lot of sense again.

17 May 2019

“It is all about making things easier; that is the most important thing now,” for that reason I prefer a key to smartphone, knobs to a menu driven touchscreen for turning the temperature up and ability to drive and park to a computer.

17 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

“It is all about making things easier; that is the most important thing now,” for that reason I prefer a key to smartphone, knobs to a menu driven touchscreen for turning the temperature up and ability to drive and park to a computer.

 

You typed "I prefer...knobs" and didn't check before you posted. Did you mean to be humorous or are you simply opening up to complete strangers?. Very funny whatever the reason. :)

18 May 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

“It is all about making things easier; that is the most important thing now,” for that reason I prefer a key to smartphone, knobs to a menu driven touchscreen for turning the temperature up and ability to drive and park to a computer.

 

You typed "I prefer...knobs"...

This made me laugh!!!

17 May 2019

Ask the person who has keyless car the first 2 things they do when they get home.... look for the key to open the front door, then look for the faraday cage to store the 'keyless' car key.

18 May 2019

Maybe thats for paranoid people?

Because i sell cars for a living and have never heard of anyone doing this.

17 May 2019

Citroen buries its climate controls in menus on a touchscreen. Will you have to use your smartphone to alter those settings too?

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