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.
are the top 5 things that are next in line to make your car look like the one
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
By the time they did all that internet research, they were probably already sick
of the thing.
You know, those things that look a lot like that watch you donÃ¯Â¿Â½t wear
From top dollar Land Rovers and Jags to a humble Chevy Spark EV,
LCD screens are taking over, giving carmakers flexibility in information display.
applaud the trend, but not necessarily my prospects when the whole thing dies at
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
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.