I’m going to harp on this again: traditional radio had better take the new technological trends in car dashboards seriously because the idea of a plain vanilla AM/FM radio is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
The LA Auto show has been awash in new vehicles (the new Porsche Cayman is gorgeous!), but there’s also been a heavy emphasis in dashboard gadgetry that will eventually supercede things liking waiting for weather and traffic reports–not to mention listening to music.
Digital Trends takes a look.
Nearly every automaker we talked to has some sort of solution in the pipeline in order to keep drivers connected. Whether it’s through the cloud, adding more processing power into the cars themselves, through Wi-Fi, or all of the above, we’re approaching the turning point where staying connected to the world while traveling on four wheels won’t be a perk reserved for the tech savvy or wealthy; it’s going to be the standard across the board.
Some automakers are further ahead of the game than others, and the ones leading the pack may surprise you. As it turns out though, it’s not the luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes that have us most excited; it’s companies like GM, Chrysler, and Ford – which began bridging the gap between car and phone all the way back in the pre-iPhone days of 2007 with Sync. Apple’s recent collaboration with GM to integrate Siri into the upcoming Chevrolet Spark and Spark EV is a perfect example of this, too. The next-generation MyLink infotainment system debuting in the 2014 Impala was designed from the ground up to resemble an iPad. Everything is controlled through the touchscreen or voice. You can even customize your home screen by pressing down on an icon and moving it around with your finger, just as you would on a tablet.