One thing that continues to go backwards in 2014 is the extreme complexity of onboard infotainment and navigation systems in automobiles. Manufacturers continue to cram more apps and features into these systems, but so far most haven’t come up with a safe, simple way to operate them while driving.
The industry claims that it’s going to deliver self-driving cars within the decade that will work flawlessly, but this inability to deliver driver-safety-friendly current technology doesn’t bode well for such long-term plans. As written before, some of these systems require going to two, three or more screens on the center panel before clicking on two or more sub-chapters and then actually making the adjustments one desires. The foolishness of this is that in the past, the car could do the exact same thing if the driver pushed only one button and then turned that knob.