Ever since GM introduced the model year and America started getting tired of the Model T, new cars have been all about new new new better better better year by year, whether or not the new stuff is an actual improvement at all.
The spanking-new 2018 Honda Accord is finally being released into the wild. There’s no more V6 and no more two-door version of this car. But practically speaking, the new Accord’s most significant upgrades are not in its sheetmetal or under its hood.
User interface design is hard, but we’ve been getting better at it over the years to the point where even a thermostat is easy to use. Automakers, however, seem to have their heads in the sand, taking their design inspiration for their infotainment consoles from old Winamp skins instead of any type of modern interface.
Infotainment systems are tricky little things to design; most customers won’t notice when it works well but will definitely notice when it screws up. And Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system has had some tough critics. At this year’s New York Auto Show, I sat down with Brian Ullem, the product head of global…
Look, there’s no nice way to say this, so I’m just going to come out and say it: if any of you reading this are a corporation that builds cars, and if, in those cars, you’re still using something other than a touchscreen on your infotainment controls, you’re doing it wrong. So very wrong. Time to wise up and get rid…
We’ve seen some interesting new ways to control your car at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and 2016 Detroit Auto Show. That reminded me of the touch-free tech most cars have had for years; voice-activation. Yeah, remember that?
Car companies tell us the buttons on your dashboard are soon to be replaced with pinches and swipes. Some are already pushing even further with touch screens you don’t actually touch. Let’s look closer at some of this tech and see if it’s actually worth being wide-eyed over.
Besides just driving the 2016 Mini Clubman to see if it was any good or not, two reasonably sane, well-adjusted adults spent a large chunk of time in it trying to satisfy a picky, grumpy cartoon fish.
Apple CarPlay allows you to use your vehicle’s infotainment system to mirror the interface on your phone, and millions of iPhones are already equipped to use it over a wireless connection. Too bad Volkswagen was blocked from showing it off during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Ford just announced that Toyota will be the first non-Ford-related car company to use Ford’s proprietary software platform to develop entertainment, navigation, and other related systems for their cars. You know, what they annoyingly call “infotainment.” Ford sees this as a big victory, but I don’t really understand…
We’ve always found that voice control systems in cars are a bit pointless, since virtually every one is crap. (No, we don’t want to go to Ottawa, we want to turn on the radio. NO ONE WANTS TO GO TO OTTAWA.) But it turns out that if you do use a voice control system in your car, it could be incredibly distracting.
Why take 20 minutes to read through the available technology in your owner’s manual when you can just ignore the complicated infotainment system altogether and use your cell phone instead?
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…
Well, our cyberpunk dystopian future is upon us because Chrysler just recalled 1.4 million cars because of their vulnerability to hackers.
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.
Chrysler's UConnect is one of the best systems from a domestic automaker. It's not pretty, but it gets the job done with quick responses and a simple UI. Now it's finally get a few features to bring it up to par with the competition.
Rumors have been floating around about an Android-powered infotainment system coming to General Motors vehicles soon, and now we've got at least one supplier claiming that GM's first implementation of Google's mobile OS is coming in less than two years.
Consumer Reports is out with its annual Auto Reliability Survey, and Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Fiat bring up the rear, with the 500L snagging the inglorious title of least reliable car among the 248 models CR included in the survey. Oh, and infotainment systems still suck.
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…
We all want different things from our infotainment systems. But there's been one resounding request from almost everyone: make our smartphones play nice with our dashboard, no matter what device we use. Well, it's here. It's awesome. And, per usual, automakers are stalling.