Currently reading: Honda bucks industry trend by removing touchscreen controls
Japanese firm reckons new tech is "difficult to operate intuitively" for functions such as air conditioning, moving against growing industry norm
Rachel Burgess
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2 mins read
30 March 2020

Honda has done what no other car maker is doing, and returned to analogue controls for some functions on the new Honda Jazz.

While most manufacturers are moving to touchscreen controls, identifying smartphone use as their inspiration - most recently seen in Audi’s latest A3 - Honda has decided to reintroduce heating and air conditioning controls via a dial rather than touchscreen, as in the previous-generation Jazz.

Jazz project leader Takeki Tanaka explained: “The reason is quite simple - we wanted to minimise driver disruption for operation, in particular, for the heater and air conditioning.

“We changed it from touchscreen to dial operation, as we received customer feedback that it was difficult to operate intuitively. You had to look at the screen to change the heater seating, therefore, we changed it so one can operate it without looking, giving more confidence while driving.”

More and more manufacturers are moving to touchscreen-only controls. The new Audi A3’s electronics boss Melanie Limmer told Autocar recently its decision to remove some physical buttons was made as “more and more people are getting into touch functions with smartphones” and added that the new system is as user-friendly as the previous one.

While Honda’s decision to return to physical controls will be popular with some - including, no doubt, its ageing owner base in the UK - the predicted move towards more voice-controlled actions in cars could eliminate the debate around touchscreens versus analogue controls in the future.

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eseaton 1 April 2020

Bless you Honda.  Thank you

Bless you Honda.  Thank you for not follwing the idiotic herd.

Biter 31 March 2020

Great move Honda! The only

Great move Honda! The only reason we need these screens is Sat-Nav! And that is often better on your phone.

Our fleet just changed to Volvo V90's and they are dangerously hard to use while driving.  

I would be happy to see them gone in the future. 

4rephill 31 March 2020

And the real reason is........

.....Honda have realised that the Jazz is bought mainly by old people, who get all confussed by smartphone style touch screens, and want old fashioned buttons and dial switches instead!