Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Apr 2014 20:09 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces

There's certainly some hope on the horizon with Apple and Google, though just how good these systems will be remains to be seen. One thing is clear, though: the current state of all in-car experiences is incredibly bad. For those manufacturers looking to go it alone, I don't expect much.

In-car software is absolutely horrifying and crazy complex. A good friend of mine regularly drives brand new and super-expensive cars (in the hundreds of thousands of euros category), and even in those cars, the user interfaces are just terrible. There's a lot of room for improvement and disruption here.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by saso on Sat 12th Apr 2014 12:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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"Tech in cars is here to stay whether you like it or not.

Agreed. Especially considering that migrating to electric motors is inevitable; we'll have to abandon fossil fuel sooner or later.
No, we'll just have to stop using fossil fuels, which however does not necessarily mean abandoning the venerable ICB. Hydrocarbon fuels can be manufactured nowadays from a variety of sources, and have definite advantages to battery-electric cars:
1) They are extremely energy dense.
2) They are liquid at room temperature and ambient pressure.
3) All of the infrastructure for shipping, handling and selling them is already in place.
4) Consumers and society at large already knows how to deal with them in day-to-day life.
So don't underestimate hydrocarbon molecules' potential for being a very good store of energy. In fact, cars' gas tanks and BEVs' batteries are all essentially the same thing: chemical storage for energy. Except in one case, the energy comes out as heat and in the other as free electrons, either of which can be used to do work.

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