Ahead of the annual Geneva Motor show, Land Rover debuted a mid-sized SUV named the Velar. The audience left stunned as the veil was removed. This move by the Indian owned British manufacturer, intends to place the Velar between the coupe-esque Evoque and the highly praised Range Rover Sport. With the Velar, Land Rover debuted a refreshed design, targeting aerodynamic efficiency in a relatively small form factor: however aside the design, the spotlight has been focusing on the technological capabilities of the vehicle. Deployable door handles, Matrix Laser-LED headlights and smart functions are the new additions, but arguably the biggest change was the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. Inside the vehicle, is a virtual cockpit, spanning 12 inches, as well as two 10 inch touchscreens.
The lower touchscreen is reconfigurable and was shown to be able to allow the user to change the temperature of the AC, or put the vehicle into sport mode. Fresh controversy has arisen over the use of phones in cars, especially with new laws having been put into action on March the 1st. Now using a phone whilst driving will result in a £200 fine and 6 points on your licence. This will result in new drivers losing their licence if they are caught. Drivers in the UK are not allowed to use their phones even for a moment, with the alternative being a hands-free phone. The most common habit that drivers have is texting on their phones, now with the introduction of touch screens in cars, is there any difference between texting and fiddling with touch screens for basic commands. There is a fear that distraction can lead to a fatal accident, one that could be prevented should their not be a touch screen for basic commands, such as changing the AC settings.
Elon Musk’s Tesla is responsible for creating some of the most technologically advanced and future proof cars, in this day and age, the vision of the company is much focused on the electric future. Inside the Model X and the Model S, a 17 inch infotainment has been praised for revolutionising how smart cars have become. The system can also allow browsing on the internet whilst on the go, something has come to the attention of many as to how safe it is. Whilst the screens are debatable issues, there is no doubt that touchscreens are the way forward, it is only a matter of how safe they are, and whether they will increase the amount of accidents. Toyota has placed a touch screen lock whilst the car is on the move, which in no doubt is to ensure the safety of the user whilst they are driving.