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Technology for technology sake

In the last few years we’ve seen an amazing array of new technology arrive in the family car – what was once the reserve of upper luxury cars has flowed into many more affordable cars. Some of this new technology is welcome indeed but some is technology for technology sake. The multi-media colour touch screen has now become a feature in many cars but its functionality is not always easy. Simple tasks like changing the radio station, necessitate two or three actions that take your eyes off road, actions that previously could be done by simply twisting a knob or simply pushing a button. Lexus models for example now use a touch pad for some basic functions – it’s so sensitive its impossible to use without taking your eyes off the road. Lane keeping assist technology is another gripe – the latest Hyundai Sante Fe’s lane keep assist is just so intrusive – lacking refinement it can become unsettling, lacks sensitivity and tugs too strongly at the steering wheel. I’m David Berthon

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