I am a little late getting to this one, but it didn’t seem to be time sensitive. In fact just the opposite – Steven Tengler, the author, claims that these are the best innovations in the automotive user experience in his lifetime.
A recent survey by Cisco suggests that automotive UX is lagging behind the technological desires of vehicle owners, but there have been some well-designed successes in the past couple of decades.
First disclaimer is that my car doesn’t have any of them. So perhaps I don’t appreciate the value because I have not experienced them personally. But one can also suppose that if these innovations were that great, they would already be standard.
I could go through them all, but I would probably be biased in my description. So I am going to encourage you check out Steven’s write up and then come back here to discuss them. As a quick preview, he includes innovations such as radio volume that self-adjusts based on ambient noise or if you activate the hands-free phone. Also safety features like tire inflation assistance and rain detecting wipers. And some that are convenience-related or error-prevention features like keypad locks and cap free gas tanks.
Let me know which ones you think significantly enhance your driving experience and I should make sure to get in my next car.