For the regular guy who commutes within the city, an automatic transmission is Godsend. Minimal effort. Maximum returns. driving through traffic lo9gjams suddenly becomes a whole lot less stressful. There is none of that old school clutch-brake-clutch-move cycle to follow.
All other things being equal, the driving user experience with an auto transmission vehicle is unmatched in regular driving conditions.
But shall we depart from the city roads and get on to the race track a while? Auto transmission may be nivirna on city roads, but it makes for a poor and frustrating driving experience out on any race track. An auto transmission car would just not be as responsive as a manual (shift stick) equivalent.
Manuevering and pulling those insane turns and tricks on a Formula 1 track would be extremely frustrating, if not impossible, with an auto drive vehicle. Where possible, they would be certainly less enjoyable and more frustrating for the typical adrenaline-driven racers.
Yes; the shift stick requires more steps to get anything done by way of comparison with an auto-drive, yet is clearly more user-friendly in a racing environment than an auto drive is.
This is the reason why almost no getaway driver chooses an auto transmission vehicle for use in a heist. It would frustrate the heck out of him and ensure that he and his pals cool off in jail.
Moral of the story: What is user-friendly for one may not be for another. When people say that a UI is more user-friendly than another, think again. They might just not be looking beyond their nose. It may be user-friendly for them, but may just be what the doctor ordered for you.
Disclaimer: This post has a strong element of truth in it, but it is also written tongue-in-cheek. Y’all can interprete it anyway you can – and then have a good fight over your different interpretations. Let the fun begin!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with HDML/WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.