The in-car CD player is going the way of the cassette deck and disappearing at a rapid rate -- but not every brand is giving up on compact discs because they fear a buyer backlash.

The in-car CD player is going the way of the cassette deck and disappearing at a rapid rate -- but not every brand is giving up on compact discs because they fear a buyer backlash.

The single slot in the dashboard is gradually being replaced by a new wave of touchscreens that mirror the display of the latest smartphones, as more people use Bluetooth or USB connections to listen to music stored on their phones.

The new apps mean everything from text messages, music and navigation can be used via the car's built-in screen or steering wheel controls -- so drivers don't need to fiddle with their phones, the fines for which exceed $400 and are up to four demerit points in some states.

The first car in Australia with built-in Apple CarPlayAndroid Auto and Mirrorlink apps is due on sale this week.

But it's not a mega-dollar luxury car, customarily first with the latest technology.

how about , just drive in total concentration and safety , PLEASE 

going by this . driving will be the last thing to concentrate on . whats next 4 motion sensors with tazers 

http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/the-death-of-the-in-car-cd-pla...

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driver-less cars are being used now 

When you spend an hour to travel 10k you want it to be as comfortable as possible

Touchscreens in cars are a menace. However well they are designed (and most are not), it is impossible to operate them without taking your eyes off the road, and investing significant mental resources in reading / interacting with them.

When we were in the UK last year, I hired a car and it most of the functions were touch-screen driven. Even doing a simple thing such as operating the heating / cooling was impossible to do whilst driving safely, as you had to look closely at the screen and ensure you touched it in exactly the right place. I hated it - and we had the car for nearly four weeks and did a lot of driving, so it wasn't just an unfamiliarity thing.

Compare this to an 'old school' control panel (like I have in my own car). There are three big knobs to control temperature, fans and where the air comes out, and I can operate them quickly and accurately using only my peripheral vision.

Agree, it is fairly pointless banning mobile phone use and then making the vehicle operator interface just like a phone.

kind of off topic here but this is why digital cameras that people interested in photography are going back to dials etc. You don't need to take your mind off picture taking to dive into menus, just a quick turn with a dial that is notched gets you to the settings you need.

Yes!

a driverless car was tested in sydney recently 

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