Source: AutoVerdict
November 7, 2017
by Adam Barrera


Relief.

Cliché as it may be, Scandinavian ergonomics expertise becomes even more apparent when sampling global auto brands’ newest tech-infused nameplates back-to-back. At the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Texas Truck Rodeo, two full days of drive time still creates a time-crunch when acclimating to each test vehicle’s interpretation of a human-machine interface. Experts face a challenge: adjust the seats, mirrors, climate control and stereo as quickly as possible so as not to hold up the line behind them, while performing a cursory assessment of navitainment functionality. Moving from system to system can actually be stressful — but step into a modern Volvo, and natural gestures seem to take control.

Previous journalist leave the air-con full-blast? The Volvo understands a swipe across the fan control slider bar to stop the gust. Radio drowning out the engine start note? There’s an actual volume knob below the flat-screen navitainment panel. No fumbling across screens. No scrambling to find a setting in a menu. The knob just falls to hand.

Sigh.

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