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Stumped by self-parking? Drivers steer clear of tech

IN-CAR technology is so complicated half of drivers struggle to cope with it, according to a study.

Clued-in motorists can find routes at the touch of a button, chat to friends hands-free and even brake without touching the pedal.

But more than half of those polled said their car is full of buttons and switches they don’t know how to use or haven’t a clue what they’re for.

A similar amount confessed to being hopeless when it comes to enabling sport mode or cruise control. Others said they had trouble operating self-parking. And just over 50 per cent have no idea how to use lane keep assist, turn on motorway speed alerts or work out seat memory settings.

Jardine Motors Group polled 1,000 motorists who had bought a new car in the past three years. It discovered 32 per cent are flummoxed by the in-car sat nav and four in 10 are clueless about reverse sensors, climate control and heated seats. One motorist confessed to accidentally calling their manager while talking to a passenger about how attractive they found the boss.

Shockingly, more than a third have never opened the owner’s manual and four in ten admit getting help from a spouse to adjust a headlight or set up the Bluetooth. A further 36 per cent have even had to take advice from their children.

Despite this, 76 per cent said they would probably buy a car that had more in-car functions than they need.

NEARLY a quarter of us (23 per cent) now own a smart home device, a YouGov study has found. Eight per cent own two or more items, with smart speakers, such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home, the most popular. Powered by AI, they are connected to lighting, security systems and thermostats.