Submitted by poloX on 12. März 2017
With Autopilot feature, I am finding myself using the Cruise control stalk constantly: Enabling TACC, canceling TACC, enabling AS, canceling AS, increasing speed and decreasing speed...etc. More often than not, I find myself doing the wrong operations, either the windshield wiper came on or I pulled instead of pushed the stalk forward when I needed to cancel AP in urgent; or pulled instead of push upward to engage the current driving speed (as supposed to the last TACC speed used). I don't want to go as far as saying I hate it, but I have to say that with AP, this stalk is not simply a cruise control stalk in ordinary cars anymore, it is an AP control user I/F stalk and it needs to be redesigned to make it easier to control and much less tedious than it is today. My proposal: 2 tabs behind the steering wheel exactly the same as the triptronic transmission shifting tabs at the 9 O'clock and 3 O'clock position. pull both tabs to enable and pull both again to cancel. Each tab has 2 levels. Pull the left tab slightly once toward the driver will decrease speed by 1 mph. Pull it harder to decrease 5mph. Same for the right side tab to increase speed. Both hands on the wheel!!! In situations that you must change anything related to AP, you will most likely first need to grasp the wheel and all AP features are at your finger tips. All without having to step on the brake and canceling everything when you don't really have to (not emergency case here). In situations like this, I often find it very awkward to hunt for the cruise control stalk (and try to do so without touching the steering wheel so it can do its AS thing).
I think this change would make AP much more fun to drive/use.