Why Do Center Display Screens Look Like They’re Just Tacked On?

Hello, everyone! Today is an extra special day, because it’s Friday, and that means it’s time for your favorite, and my favorite, and everyone’s favorite Jalopnik column, Letters to Doug. Tomorrow is also an extra special day because it’s Colorado Day, which means the local DMV employees will probably bring in… » 7/31/15 3:00pm 7/31/15 3:00pm

Android Auto Preview: It's Not Perfect, But You Want It

I was really excited when Google announced Android Auto last year. I spend a lot of time driving, and it sounded way safer and more convenient than sticking my phone to the dash. Eleven months later, I finally got to take it for a spin. The TL;DR version? I want it in my car, like, now. I bet you’d like it too. » 5/27/15 1:15pm 5/27/15 1:15pm

Infotainment Systems and iPhones- A Rant

Car radio systems used to be simple. AM radio, one or two speakers, a dial and a few knobs. Fast forward to the 80's and things start getting a little more complicated. You have digital displays, FM radio, 8 tracks, Cassettes and more speakers. Go forward another 10-15 years to the 90's and things get even more… » 8/20/14 12:56pm 8/20/14 12:56pm

Car Infotainment Turns Med Center With Diabetes Tracking

Using a Lincoln MKZ with an interior that looks an awful lot like the 2010 Ford Fusion (mostly due to the gigantic screen), a company by the name of Medtronic is developing an in-car system capable of monitoring blood-glucose levels specifically for diabetics. The diabetic-driver will wear a continuous… » 6/13/08 1:00pm 6/13/08 1:00pm

CNET Analyzes Automotive Interface Design

If you know me, you know that I preach the gospel of good design quite a bit, especially in regards to an entertainment and infotainment center. The design and functionality of a interface is just as—if not more—important than the features and options included. CNET took a look at 17 interfaces of some of the bigger… » 2/18/08 2:45pm 2/18/08 2:45pm

Chrysler MyGig Infotainment Center Review, Part 3

So you've seen the brief introduction to Chrysler's MyGig entertainment center and you've watched me get my hands dirty setting it all up, so what's the final verdict? Well, watch the talking head above and see. I am very happy to bear witness to Chrysler taking another step towards the future of car entertainment… » 2/12/08 3:45pm 2/12/08 3:45pm

Chrysler MyGig Infotainment Center Review, Part 2

Last week, I gave you a brief introduction to the Chrysler MyGig system in a 2008 300c Heritage Edition, and now I'm here to show how all of this hard drive mumbo-jumbo works. All in all, it's a really, really easy system to use. So easy I would be comfortable letting my grandmother attempt to save music to the hard… » 2/11/08 4:15pm 2/11/08 4:15pm

Chrysler MyGig Infotainment Center Review, Part 1

Now that we've finished putting the Microsoft Sync system through the grinder, it's time to take a look at the MyGig system featured in a variety of Chrysler vehicles. To simplify, MyGig is a pretty standard infotainment center, but with a "ruggedized" hard drive slapped behind it. Check out the video preview of the… » 2/08/08 2:30pm 2/08/08 2:30pm

Detroit Auto Show: XM Infotainment Infiniti QX56 System Does It All

The Detroit Auto Show may be chock full of cars and gears and engines, but there is still some love for the techno-fiends out there. XM's completely customized Infiniti QX56 "Infotainment Vehicle" includes a wide array of features including the standard touchscreen interface, a programming guide, XM Satellite Radio… » 1/15/08 10:30am 1/15/08 10:30am