6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET On Cars: Obsolete technology in your car

About Video Transcript

CNET On Cars: Obsolete technology in your car

2:41 /

From the CD player to the hard drive that never made sense, here are 5 technologies that are quickly making your car show its age - and that you can skip in your next car.

Never have cars advanced as rapidly as today, which is a kind way of saying you should probably slap some duct tape over that cassette deck. Here are the top 5 things that are next in line to make your car look like the one Eisenhower drove. 5. The test drive. Not exactly a technology, but a time honored technique for deciding if you want a car. Recent survey by IBM found 21% of recent new car buyers and lessees never actually drove the car they bought before they bought it. By the time they did all that internet research, they were probably already sick of the thing. 4. Gauges. You know, those things that look a lot like that watch you don�t wear any more? From top dollar Land Rovers and Jags to a humble Chevy Spark EV, LCD screens are taking over, giving carmakers flexibility in information display. I applaud the trend, but not necessarily my prospects when the whole thing dies at once 3. Rear Seat Entertainment. Those backseat DVD systems were never technically elegant and always too much money. Plus your kids were always bored with the handful of scratched up DVDs wedged in the seat back pocket. Now they have their iPad and you just saved a couple grand which�ll cover a lot of data fees for that iPad. 2. iPod Connectors. Cars used to have an iPod connector for the cool kids and an aux jack for the losers. Things have changed. Now its all USB ports that work with all kinds of portables and carmakers don�t care what connector Apple just changed to. 1. CD Player. Never mind that its the best sounding source ever put in a car, we don�t care. Like a cougar bar around midnight, we�re concerned with choice, not fidelity. So its streaming apps, MP3s and satellite radio that rule the dash. Ford has already done away with multi CD changers and the 2013 Chevy Sonic (VIDEO on FTP site) was one of the first cars to not even offer a CD at all.

New releases

The Renault Megane 275 Trophy is a Lord of the Ring
8:56 November 27, 2014
When someone dared to take the FWD lap record at the Nürburgring away from Renault, the Frenchmen fought back The result is the Megane...
Play video
How the Samsung Galaxy Note got its pen in CNET UK podcast 412
20:16 November 27, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note almost came with a toothpick, we're going back to "Jurassic World", and BT has its sights on O2 -- or maybe...
Play video
Apple looks to Virtual Reality
4:55 November 26, 2014
Apple is pursuing virtual reality harder than it ever has before. The iPhone 6 can play 4K video, and the best Black Friday deals for...
Play video
Olympus E-PL7's mainstream appeal
2:24 November 26, 2014
A good interchangeable-lens series for budding enthusiasts gets better.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot security guards and more
23:17 November 26, 2014
On today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite...
Play video
Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch
2:56 November 26, 2014
Samsung products find a way into the latest "Jurassic Park" movie, Amazon launches Local Services, and Twitter tests coupon offers...
Play video
Tablet tips for traveling with kids
2:47 November 26, 2014
Learn how to use the tech you already have to entertain your kids during a long trip.
Play video
Razor scooters drive electric
1:54 November 26, 2014
Razor's small E100 and larger E300 electric scooters make for a fun ride, but don't expect much in the way of features.
Play video