Mitch Taylor's Bro: omnibus_necanda_sunt: +1 subby.This.FTFA: Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. saw the reliability of many of their vehicles suffer because of unresponsive infotainment systems and faulty voice recognition commandsI wonder why they just don't build something on top of Android like Amazon did? That's gotta be easier than rolling your own from scratch.
Marcus Aurelius: Their first mistake was expecting their car to do anything except convey them from place to place.
odinsposse: MBZ321: \My father has a 2012 Elantra with a touchscreen setup. It actually isn't bad as it is pretty simple (just radio, nav, and bluetooth controls), but they forced a back-up camera into the package. Why the hell do you need a backup camera in a compact car?Because a lot of the new car designs have sloping lines that result in shiatty rear visibility. Even in the compacts.
kregh99: What I keep hearing from US automakers is "We're just as good as Toyota/Nissan/etc." What they don't get is that even if you're just as good, I still have zero motivation to switch. What I want is "better than...", and a quantifiable, verifiable "better than," not just "we think we're just awesome and you should too!"/ drives a Prius// 145,000 miles and still runs like a champ/// suck it GM
HMS_Blinkin: StopLurkListen: LOL subby, +1."Newer audio and infotainment systems continue to create headaches for consumers"Sooooo... not actual reliability, just UX frustrations, huh?Reliability across makes is actually narrowing, the only way to really differentiate is through stuff like "infotainment systems".[images.newcars.com image 550x375]Yeah, pretty much this. Consumer reports has been looking for ways to dock American automakers even as their mechanical reliability equals or surpasses that of imports. Biatching about UX problems is the way to go.I think some of these new touchscreen systems are goofy, but I see why they're necessary. Modern cars have more and more features and systems, and you can't just have a physical button or knob for each system anymore---it would mean way too many buttons that were way too small, harming usability. A touchscreen fixes those problems, since you can configure it an infinite number of ways and get the screen to display what the driver wants to see---ideally. But there are teething problems, as with all new technologies. They'll get it figured out in a few years, I'm sure.
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