The U.S. Navy has said that they are gonna be ditching touchscreens on all their destroyers for the next 24 months.
This is coming in response to the investigation concerning the USS John S. McCain’s collision in 2017, which killed 10 sailors. Investigations shows that the collision was due to the warship’s complex touchscreen technology plus lack of training of it sailors.
The switch is said to take effect by 2020 and the first warship to experience the switch is gonna be the USS Ramage, which will be going back to the conventional helms and throttles.
Program Executive Officer for Ships Rear Admiral Bill Galinis said that this does not mean the US navy is neglecting technology, but rather are looking for an interface that is gonna be consistent and would help crews “quickly pick up” on a given situation.