BretMavrik: I thought a lot about this when we bought my wife's Jetta a few years ago. It has a multi-disc (CD/MP3) changer, a (now useless without an adapter since we have iPhone 5s) 30-pin iPod connector and an in-dash SD card slot. All those different formats make you think about the different life cycles at play. Even if you go with SD or USB now, if you're someone who keeps their car for 10-15 years there is a decent chance that those formats will also have been passed by (although at least the USB connector will probably be around for a bit).So perhaps a better way to go would be to make the physical in-dash components more static and long-lasting, including tactile buttons (to Langdon Alger's point) that you can program for what you need (maybe even put a tiny LED window in the buttons so you can have icons as well) and have a replaceable module in the center console with a standard size and inputs to the dash. Then you can get the module that has the mix of features, devices and inputs you want and when formats switch now you're looking at replacing a $199 unit rather than taking up half your dash panel with something you will never use or will need to buy a bunch of clunky adapters in order to use.
Marcintosh: Langdon Alger: one thing that sucks about a touch screen is a lack of ergonomics. Actual buttons can have shape and texture so that one can operate them without taking your eyes off the road. With a touch screen its one big flat surface. Try and operate that thing without actually looking at it and you find that you've turned it from AC to heat, and you're listening to gospel radio. Or take your eyes off the road to fiddle about with menus and what not and wind up tail grabbing the ass of the car in front of you.bingoDials and knobs are great for tactile recognition and now that they're all flat, relatively safe too.
Detinwolf: rikkitikkitavi: Actually found this a while back when researching the same thing:ah cool, thanks for the info
rikkitikkitavi: TuteTibiImperes: Eventually having a solution that would just mirror my phone screen on an in-dash screen through USB or a dock in the console wouldn't be bad though.Exactly what I want. And it shouldn't be USB or a dock. It should be wireless/bluetooth/etc. Keep your phone in your pocket and emulate it on the dash while you're driving.
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T.rex: Even more useless than a CD player is a factory installed GPS system... Its usually a double-dinn, so it wastes so much real estate, is ugly, is hard to use, and you typically have to pay for the service. It actually prevented me from buying a particular used car that i otherwise liked a lot.
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