CNET On Cars: Obsolete technology in your car
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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 donÃ¯Â¿Â½t 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 whichÃ¯Â¿Â½ll 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 donÃ¯Â¿Â½t care what connector Apple just changed to. 1. CD Player. Never mind that its the best sounding source ever put in a car, we donÃ¯Â¿Â½t care. Like a cougar bar around midnight, weÃ¯Â¿Â½re 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.