Gallery: Latest car tech missing Apple?

Gallery: Latest car tech missing Apple?

Summary: Car makers have been looking for the right fit with technology but haven't come up with the right formula yet. Could Apple make a difference?


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  • Porsche's Cayenne cleverly hides an LCD amidst a collection of analog gauges. Users can select fuel economy output or view a secondary navigation map.

    Credit: Josh P. Miller/CNET

  • Ford's Smartgauge display debuted with the Fusion Hybrid and featured an innovative combination of digital and analog readouts. Using its twin LCDs, users can monitor the hybrid drivetrain's output and economy.

    Credit: Josh P. Miller/CNET

  • The Honda CR-Z's instrument cluster combines a traditional analog tachometer with a 3D digital speedometer. Color-keyed illumination lets the driver know how "green" their driving is and LCDs display secondary information.

    Credit: Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Topic: Apple

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  • About the Consumer Report on Ford's MyTouch...

    ... the primary criticism is about not having physical buttons. Apple's solution would also have this problem.
    Roque Mocan
  • RE: Gallery: Latest car tech missing Apple?

    This ain't rocket science. My 2011 Kia Optima audio system works just fine (I think it's just the base setup on an EX level trim). It accesses storage via USB, navigates folders, allows folder or file metadata. As it is NOT also the nav system, like the upgrade version, it has discrete buttons. Lots of them. I like this. A Kia/Microsoft interface is coming, but not yet available. The simple one works fine. The integration it has beyond audio is the phone, which also works great. Separate systems are good - I'm glad I don't have a 10" touch screen in my dashboard instead of buttons (although I wouldn't mind it IN ADDITION to buttons).
    Schoolboy Bob
  • i love the clean user interface of my Prius. instead of guages it has large

    numbers and graphs that tell me what i need to know.
    and it's all up in my traffic field of vision so i don't have to take my eyes off the road for any length of time, sooo important!