* Posts by Bob Whitcombe

1 post • joined 13 Aug 2019

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

Bob Whitcombe

But don't you have to pass a Driver's test?

While I accept that a flat panel UI does not provide the level of feedback of a haptic throttle with reinforcing feedback - these are $250M ships. Don't we train the heck out of a helmsman before they get placed in grade to helm a ship?

I saw the kind of job Sulu (John Cho) did on the Enterprise using touch screens - and actually expected to have progressed a fair way with the UI for modern subs, destroyers etc. Obviously not. But I am drawing the line at steam donkey's and cable winches.

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