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US Navy to scrap touchscreen controls on its destroyers

US Navy to scrap touchscreen controls on its destroyers

The US Navy said it will ditch touchscreens on destroyers within the next 18 to 24 months, reverting instead to conventional helm controls and physical throttles. The decision came in response to feedback after an investigation into the USS John S. McCain’s collision in 2017, which killed 10 Navy sailors. The report found that the touchscreen interface and poor training played a role in the crash.

AD C 1 year

Here, this is probably for the best. I won't pretend to know how effective millitary touch screen where. But if something went wrong with the interface it could take too long to notice. Meanwhile physical controls have a more immediate sense of if the correct input happened and if and correspondening output took place.

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason 1 year

It's a little disappointing/surprising that the Navy thought touchscreens were a good idea on a warship in the first place.

Blaeingr 1 year

It's about time! The Navy started moving toward touchscreens and other delicate electronics in the early 2000s even though many warned of issues with corrosion and Sailors who can break a solid cube of titanium.

Koda C
Koda C 1 year

Common sense

IIZard 1 year

Navy do prefer knobs

Robert 1 year

Hot take: It wasn't the boat that fucked up.

Test Steam
Test Steam 1 year

Same thing on aircraft, physical instruments vs digital. It's just faster at a glance to see what's going on. Also less chance of failure as each is independent.

Nate Dog
Nate Dog 1 year

for things like the radar maybe but for actual ship controls really?

ConcealCarryProtect 1 year

Amazing this was considered an advancement in the first place. I understand assisted computer tech, but sailors need to be able to come up with there own solutions in case of failures

Barra Cudda
Barra Cudda 1 year

Take a dude that lifts weights and runs and shoots things for a living, while living in a moving steel prison, in the ocean. Give him a fiddly little piece of electronics and tell him not to break it as he operates a multiple million dollar, multi-variable, interdependent complex warfighting system as he is given orders by superiors and relays them to subordinates. ......

Kevin Gary
Kevin Gary 1 year

I have zero training as a soldier but everything in me is telling me that this is the BEST change the navy has made in the past 7 years.

Pigdog5150 1 year

They think this was fecking Star Trek or something? What tosh. Total pish.

Person Unknown
Person Unknown 1 year

Looking at you mcdonalds order thing

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