From C/Net. . .
Are drivers ready for high-tech onslaught? | CNET News.com
This article actually makes me almost feel like a Luddite, which is pretty unusual for me.
Almost none of the gadgetry described in the article has any appeal for me. I don't want any nav system. Even if I spent time learning how it works, I'm sure I'd have forgotten two years later when I get into a situation where I need to use it. I'll get by the way I always have, with my folding paper maps. Bluetooth? I hardly even use my cell phone, and I'm sure not going to try to use it while driving.
Adaptive cruise control? It sounds scary. Keep in mind my current sports car doesn't even have regular cruise control. Or traction control. Or antilock brakes. Or power steering. Even so, it usually takes me about 20 minutes just to figure out how to get the heat or A/C working. (Why can't they label the controls with words instead of heiroglyphics?)
I thought about satellite radio, I really considered it. That's a neat technology. However. . . They've crammed so many channels into the available bandwidth that the sound quality is actually not terribly good. Plus there's the hassle of a monthly subscription, plus I'll most likely be listening to my iPod most of the time anyhow.