TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding “A future where light, touch and screens — not switches — are in control,” Richard Truett, autonews.com, March 21: The problem with touch screens that everyone is ignoring is that not everyone generates an adequate electrical “signal” from their fingertips to make the screen respond. I am one of those people.
Most touch screens will not recognize my touch. I need a stylus to make them work, if at all. This creates tremendous problems when trying to operate anything so equipped, especially when driving. Imagine being in an emergency situation where your OnStar “button” or capacitive door opening “buttons” refuse to operate because they don’t recognize your finger. Without mechanical alternatives, I predict some people will die and massive class-action legal liability will result.
Some touch screens respond better than others. I don’t know why, but could it have something to do with construction, materials or cost? I don’t want my personal safety compromised for the sake of style, aesthetics or cost cutting.
Touch screens may appear very futuristic, but they also create serious problems for users. I am a textbook example. Moral: Sometimes the old way is still the best way and the safest way for all drivers.
GEORGE COSTELLO, Kansas City, Mo.
The writer, who is retired, worked for an automotive trade association.