Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls - USNI News


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Megan Eckstein:
<p>The Navy will begin reverting destroyers back to a physical throttle and traditional helm control system in the next 18 to 24 months, after the fleet overwhelmingly said they prefer mechanical controls to touchscreen systems in the aftermath of the fatal USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) collision.

The <a href="https://news.usni.org/2019/08/06/ntsb-lack-of-navy-oversight-training-were-primary-causes-of-fatal-mccain-collision">investigation into the collision</a> showed that a touchscreen system that was complex and that sailors had been poorly trained to use contributed to a loss of control of the ship just before it crossed paths with a merchant ship in the Singapore Strait. After the Navy released a Comprehensive Review related to the McCain and the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) collisions, Naval Sea Systems Command conducted fleet surveys regarding some of the engineering recommendations, Program Executive Officer for Ships Rear Adm. Bill Galinis said.

“When we started getting the feedback from the fleet from the Comprehensive Review effort – it was SEA 21 (NAVSEA’s surface ship lifecycle management organization) that kind of took the lead on doing some fleet surveys and whatnot – it was really eye-opening. And it goes into the, in my mind, ‘just because you can doesn’t mean you should’ category. We really made the helm control system, specifically on the [DDG] 51 class, just overly complex, with the touch screens under glass and all this kind of stuff,” Galinis said during a keynote speech at the American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium.</p>


I saw this via Tony Fadell (as in, the iPod and Nest). Now if Elon Musk had tweeted it, that would have been really notable and I'd have expected retrofits on Teslas. As it is...

Also, the reason why the iPhone had a touchscreen was to allow a single screen to do multiple jobs via software. That's just not the case for an engine throttle, which is a classic YHOJ.
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7 days ago by charlesarthur
US Navy to replace touchscreen throttle and helm controls on destroyers with mechanical ones, after finding that touchscreens contributed to a deadly collision
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Navy Reverting DDGs Back to Physical Throttles, After Fleet Rejects Touchscreen Controls
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8 days ago by mngful