The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E encompasses a big touchscreen, and on the backside is a large knob for quantity management. I adore it. There, caught on a touchscreen, is a bodily knob. Twist it! Spin it! There’s even a convincing click on because it twists. The knob works so significantly better than a touchscreen slider bar, and I implore different automakers to comply with Ford’s lead.
Below the knob are tiny strips that work together with the touchscreen as if it was touched by a finger. When the knob is twisted, these strips drag throughout the display screen, tricking the system into considering a human is controlling it. So far as I can inform, the knob itself is nothing various items of plastic and the display screen beneath is absolutely intact.
Audio quantity ought to all the time be managed by a rotating knob, dial, or wheel. There’s no debate.
Automakers have lengthy performed with various quantity management schemes, and I’ve but to seek out one which works higher than a easy knob.
BMW affords in-car gesture controls: Hover your hand over the middle stack, stick one finger out and draw a circle within the air. It really works okay. I just like the gesture management for somethings, however it feels foolish, spinning a finger to alter the amount.
Different automobile makers like Cadillac seemed to touch-sensitive slider bars for controlling quantity. Most have since deserted this design for a number of causes. The management strips are sometimes constructed flush with the remainder of the dashboard and don’t present the person with any suggestions. The methods are sometimes sluggish to reply, too, making the expertise irritating and underwhelming.
Fortunately, most fashionable automobiles have steering wheel controls along with the principle quantity knob. Some are spinning wheels, others are buttons, and I’m clearly on staff spinning wheel.
As touchscreens began infiltrated automobiles, extra automakers seemed to dump quantity controls to the display screen with onscreen slider bars. It’s usually cheaper to make use of a touchscreen than a bodily button, however the expertise isn’t superior. At this level, most automakers put interactive content material on a display screen and set up a twisting knob for quantity and mute elsewhere on the dashboard.
Ford’s system within the Mustang Mach-E is a cheerful compromise. The person will get the advantages of a spinning knob, whereas Ford doesn’t must construct and set up extra bodily elements. From my expertise with the amount management, there’s no discernible lag, and it really works very properly. Spin it to alter the amount or press the middle to mute the audio. As with every nice design, it really works precisely like one would count on.
What’s it wish to drive the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E? I can’t inform you for a number of days.