Monday 5 December 2016

Why our cars are in danger of becoming too complicated and confusing: study

Published 28/10/2015 | 02:30

A high percentage of drivers don't know how to use the equipment in their cars.
A high percentage of drivers don't know how to use the equipment in their cars.

Our cars are becoming too complicated for us.

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Latest research from the US earlier this year found a high proportion of new-car buyers across the country had not used many of their vehicles' hi-tech elements in the first three months of ownership.

Now comes a survey from Britain which found that 73pc of drivers there do not understand how to use many pieces of equipment in their cars.

And that is despite more than half (54pc) of those drivers surveyed revealing they had bought the car in the first place just because of the allure of the bits and pieces they now say they don't understand.

The survey of 1,000 owners, conducted by BookMyGarage.com, asked about understanding, and use of, the likes of cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring systems, skid control and parking sensors.

Nearly one-in-five (19pc) said they only used one or two settings, while almost half (45pc) regularly use a maximum of four settings.

Half said they didn't use the gadgets because they didn't understand them.

However, as cars are only going to become even more sophisticated, maybe dealers need to spend more time explaining details.

Meanwhile, in other developments reported this week:

•Aston Martin showed an electric version of its 4dr Rapide. The RapidE's 1,000bhp makes it more powerful than the 6-litre V12 petrol and it could go on sale in late 2017.

• German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt confirmed he is to travel to Washington to discuss the VW emissions scandal with US counterpart Anthony Foxx.

• Lexus said it could well add a fuel-cell car based on its LS flagship saloon, according to reports, as Toyota also sees big potential in that area (as reported here with the Mirai saloon last week).

• Honda will strengthen its drive to increase sales with as many as five new models over the coming years.

Among them will be a new Civic which will not be as audaciously designed, reports say.

Expected sometime in 2017, it is likely to have a smaller, turbocharged range of petrol engines.

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