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7. Phoning it in
Speaking of CarPlay—or Android Auto, if you prefer—universal adoption of the smartphone systems have taken far longer than we expected. Even the world's largest automaker (Toyota) won't commit.
We understand the hesitation, but the people have spoken: Automakers can't make better operating systems than the ones already in our pockets.
New car infotainment is a no-brainer for automakers if they just ask Apple and Google to handle it for them.
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8. Way too touchy
Touch-sensitive controls were exciting in the 1940s when futurists also predicted we'd be controlling microwaves with our minds.
Since then, we've learned that not everything needs to be controlled via touchscreen. We just wonder why some automakers haven't got the memo.
Lincoln's touch-sensitive sliders for volume and temperature controls were Public Enemy No. 1 for a while, but now it appears Infiniti's eager to take the crown with its dual-screen setup. A word of warning: Try before you buy and envision a cold morning grocery store run. We're guessing those touch controls won't be so "gee whiz" anymore when you have to take your gloves off in bitter cold.
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9. Scratch that CD player
The days of swapping CDs in our car stereos were numbered when we could store thousands of songs on thumb-sized disks and lose those every two weeks. That was 15 years ago.
Many automakers still insist on putting CD players in car stereos and one study shows that by 2020, at least one-third of new cars will have a physical media player. That's despite the fact that three out of four new cars today have a USB reader or AUX port as standard equipment.
Can't we just have a nicer screen instead, please?
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10. Fringe hinge
Like anyone who's crushed a loaf of bread before or struggled to wonder why the trunk won't close, the type of hinge can be one of those "quality of life" things that makes us more frustrated than long division.
Some automakers have adopted piano hinges that don't eat as much into overall cargo space, but the odd gooseneck hinge can still be found nowadays, and we'd rather just walk into oncoming traffic at that point.
Thanks a lot, Volkswagen.