What Automotive Technology Will Be Gone In A Few Years?

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We know what car technologies are coming soon, but what about the ones that are on the way out?


Not to be overly speculative, but we have very indication that rear-view mirrors are going to go the way of external handbrakes and gas-lit headlights. More and more cars are getting backup cameras, and it's only a matter of time before rear-view mirrors are replaced with screens entirely. Hey, that's how the VW XL1 works.


Surely there are many other car technologies that are going away. Which ones will you be glad to see off, and which ones will you miss?

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The Clutch Pedal.


Because Racecar. Duh. With the advent of dual-clutch transmissions and formula-1 style paddle shifting on essentially all high end modern sports cars and all race cars the clutch is going away. Incorrectly, the loss of the clutch pedal is blamed on 'sheeple that don't want to learn how to drive', and 'car companies not giving us what we want', when in reality racecar drivers, people who actually do what we all wish we could do - don't use a third pedal. Yes, some still do while legacy products are phased out - but not for long. The modern dual clutch transmission is faster, more responsive, and provides better performance to the driver. It allows the driver to worry more about driving, than shifting. The reason most people "love the third pedal" is because it makes you feel more in control, in tune with the car because that's what racecar drivers do! Well, not anymore. They are in tune in a much more precise way than the ancient third pedal will ever be able to convey. In a few years, they'll be all gone - and replaced with something better, faster, more performance oriented, and more in tune with the you and the car. What's not to love?