Control buttons must have been designed by engineers
Full disclosure, I am an engineer/programmer and the way these control buttons work is what happened when I designed something without consulting others. We got a much better result when we would put the general public in front of the equipment and see if it makes sense to them. As it is, here are some of the control buttons for the Sportage:
Auto Hold - Turning on puts grey words on the screen, engaged puts green words on the screen, nothing is displayed for OFF. Defaults to OFF when car turned off.
4WD - Turning on puts green icon on screen, nothing is displayed for OFF. Mode is maintained since the button is a latching type. I think this the only latching button in the car.
Parking Sensors - Defaults to ON and turns ON by itself once car is put back into drive. No display information on any screen but the button has a light on it.
Drive Mode - Maintains ECO and Normal mode between starts, SPORT reverts to Normal mode when restarting the car. ECO and SPORT modes are displayed to the operator, nothing is displayed for Normal mode.
Lane Notification - Turning on puts grey icon on the screen and green icon when in use, much like Auto Hold. But mode is maintained between car starts unlike Auto Hold.
BSD - Turning on or off gives temporary notification, and mode is maintained between car starts. But otherwise nothing is displayed to the user other than the button has a light on it like the Parking Sensor button.
These are just some examples. I realize that they perform different functions (some safety and some not) and may need a different way of working, but how can it possibly be that no two buttons work the same?! My boss would have sent us back to redesign if we designed controls so different from each other.
The reason this seems so odd is that something like BSD or Lane Notification can be accidentally hit with a knee when getting out of the car, and it will never turn back on again or let the user know it is disabled. In the case of Lane Notification there is a missing icon, but just an unlit button for BSD. I would guess there are many owners out there with their buttons in a random state and they have no idea what is set to what.
It would have been nice to be able to customize how these controls work (i.e. always default BSD to on when turning on the car, etc) but even without this, the buttons should have been designed the same or very similarly to each other make them easy to use and understand.
Last edited by kinglerch; 03-29-2019 at 02:28 PM.