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Letter: Connected Car Dashboards Are a Recipe for Disaster (and Crashes)

"Zero tactile = zero attention left on road," says a reader

In this letter to the editor, the author comment’s on Dave Mason’s letter “Endless Audio Options in the Car Do Not Make for Easy Listening,” which is in response to Karl Zuk’s recent guest commentary “AM Listening Is Better Than Ever … in My Tesla!” Comment on this or any article. Email [email protected].

Zero tactile = zero attention left on road. Carmakers want us to get used to talking to our cars instead of having easily felt buttons to push. And the cars just want to argue back or misunderstand us, creating ever worse distractions.

Almost as bad are all the highway word-salad signs lighting up with utterly useless messages of political nonsense. They should be BLANK when there are no actual road emergencies dead ahead. And no, snow coming next week doesn’t count!!

I’m just waiting for the first multicar pileup right after a wordy sign that says, “DON’T READ WHILE DRIVING! KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD, NOT THIS IDIOTIC SIGN WITH NOTHING IMPORTANT TO TELL YOU!” At least it’d be honest.

I’m with Dave Mason 100 percent.

[Related: “Letter: Radio Needs Tesla to Fix This Car Dashboard Flaw”]