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Cars will need fewer screens and more buttons to earn 5-star safety rating in Europe

A lifestyle image of the round wheel option that’s now available on the Tesla Model S and Model X.
Removing stalks on the Tesla steering wheel in favor of touch controls has driven people mad. | Image: tesla

Car makers in Europe are being encouraged to stop using touchscreens for basic functions like turn signals and wipers in an attempt to promote safer driving. As reported by the Times, the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) — an independent and well-regarded safety body for the automotive industry — is set to introduce new rules in January 2026 that require the vehicles it assesses to have physical controls to receive a full five-star safety rating.

While Euro NCAP testing is voluntary, it is widely backed by several EU governments with companies like Tesla, Volvo, VW, and BMW using their five-star scores to boast about the safety of their vehicles to potential buyers.


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