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Monday, August 12, 2019

The US Navy will replace the touchscreen throttle and helm controls currently installed in its destroyers with mechanical ones starting in 2020, says USNI News. The move comes after the National Transportation Safety Board released an accident report from a 2017 collision, which cites the design of the ship's controls as a factor in the accident.

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Good decision.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-08-12 10:17 AM | Reply


I had always sat in disbelief that touchscreens were placed in such critical use environments.

Touchscreens Control Systems Are Not Reliable.

Once you have a touchscreen, the tendency is to increase the density of the controls on the screen with each "upgrade" that is put into place.

~We just need to add these two new buttons on the screen for the new functionality. We can find the space for them by making everything else just a little smaller...~

As the density of the controls increases, the ability to "touch" the control you want to activate decreases.

It's great for those selling the features of the systems, not so great for those who have to use them.


#2 | Posted by lamplighter at 2019-08-12 11:42 AM | Reply

Nissan is doing away with touchscreens for safety, due to the swipe-right-swerve-right driver problem.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-12 11:54 AM | Reply

Can't imagine why ....

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-08-12 11:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

For cars: Touchscreens for audio and other environmental controls were a horrible idea.

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-08-12 12:08 PM | Reply

The future is steam.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-12 12:11 PM | Reply

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@#5 ... For cars: Touchscreens for audio and other environmental controls were a horrible idea. ...

That's one of the main reasons I still have the car I bought in 2003... all the controls are knobs and buttons. I know how to adjust the climate controls, audio system by sense of touch and location. I don't have to be looking at a screen to see what menu I'm on.

When I bring the car in for its routine service, the dealer gives me a loaner to use for the day. While driving the loaner, I've had to pull over and park because I wanted to change the radio station, and first I had to find where the audio controls menu was hidden.

Distracted driving should be expanded beyond smartphone use...

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-12 01:08 PM | Reply


The US Navy says no to touchscreens - maybe automakers should, too
arstechnica.com

..."[I]t goes into the, in my mind, "Ëœjust because you can doesn't mean you should" category. We really made the helm control system, specifically on the [DDG] 51 class, just overly complex, with the touch screens under glass and all this kind of stuff," said Rear Admiral Bill Galinis during a recent speech quoted by USNI News.

It's a warning that the auto industry could do well to listen to. Touchscreens continue to proliferate into car infotainment systems, a trend fueled by the plaudits given to Tesla for its huge touchscreens as well as a general belief that CES-primed customers are asking for more and more consumer tech in their vehicles. But there's mounting evidence that touch interfaces are an awful idea for a driver who is supposed to be -literally- focusing on the road ahead, not hunting for an icon or slider on a screen.
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#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-12 01:59 PM | Reply

Ahead one third.

As a veteran of Uncle Sam's Canoe Club, I'm glad to see this. What did touch screens hope to give a ship?

#9 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-12 10:22 PM | Reply

"What did touch screens hope to give a ship?"

Easy-to-clean control panels.

#10 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-08-13 11:38 AM | Reply

For cars: Touchscreens for audio and other environmental controls were a horrible idea.

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92

That's one of the things I like about my Mazda.

The touch screen doesn't work once you're traveling over 5mph or so. You have to use knob controls in the center console while driving.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-13 12:31 PM | Reply

No wonder Darth Vader's chest control panel was analog. Imagine shutting off your entire breathing and speech apparatus with an accidental swipe of a prosthetic limb or a misplaced force-choke.

Smart guy. Well, except for the making intimate friends with a creepy old man who was an obvious Sith part... still, a smart guy.

#12 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-08-13 12:53 PM | Reply

Touch screen tech is garbage if there is any chance of it being needed during an emergency.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-13 08:54 PM | Reply

"Touch screen tech is garbage if there is any chance of it being needed during an emergency.
#13 | Posted by Tor "

You've got that right. Oil rigs have so many built in redundancies with the "last gasp" methods of saving a rig being purely mechanical or hand operated hydraulics.

#14 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-13 09:00 PM | Reply

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