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

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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Mike Duff

Mike Duff
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Mike has been writing about cars for more than 25 years, having defected from radio journalism to follow his passion. He has been a contributor to Autocar since 2004, and is a former editor of the Autocar website. 

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scotty5 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".

Not having driven a Peugeot for a number of years I can't comment, but in respect of the Citroen rental cars I've had the unfortunate pleasure of driving over the past few years, the most surprising thing to learn here is they time and effort devoted to their infotainment user interface.

scrap 17 May 2019

The flawed security of

The flawed security of keyless systems is a sick joke. Car makers simply have to do better.

vava1 17 May 2019

Hardly 'buried' - just press

Hardly 'buried' - just press the 'fan' symbol on the screen!
Mini2 17 May 2019


vava1 wrote:

Hardly 'buried' - just press the 'fan' symbol on the screen!

That's one more (unnecessary) prod than if you just had them visible in the first place. There's a reason why Apple and Google only allow a certain number of presses to reach different functions in CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Mazda are onto a good thing with keeping their climate controls separate, and using a rich display that's controlled by the rotary wheel.