Do you remember the Hummer? No not that, I’m talking about the big dumb trucks! They don’t make them anymore, and a possible reason might be the obvious committee-designed placement of the seat heater switch. You see that’s not the door panel or dashboard up there, that’s the seat side. And while you would probably get used to fumbling around down there near the carpet and the snakes you really shouldn’t have to just to warm your buns.
That’s one of the more egregious ergonomic fluster clucks I was able to find after just a couple of minutes of drunken Googling – do yourself a favor, never mistype Fisker as fister when searching online. . . while your grandma is entertaining the minister and your boss in the same room, I’m just sayin’. Other examples that I’ve come across are window switches on the backs of center consoles – supposedly to provide access for both rear passengers and driver, but still dumb, dumb, dumb.
What else do you find particularly aggravating about automotive control placement? Perhaps it’s horn buttons placed on the ends of turn signal stalks, making every lane change a potentially embarrassingly noisy affair? Or maybe its those confounding lights/wiper/cruise control stalks that take an engineering degree to figure out? What is the dumbest control placement you’ve ever seen?