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Unsound ideas, pt. 1: Why do car manufacturers insist in hiding their audio inputs in the armrest?
I spent a couple of hours yesterday at the Washington Auto Show to check out the current state of the art in smartphone-car integration.
This is often a dismaying exercise--car manufacturers lag behind aftermarket vendors in adopting digital-audio trends--but one thing bothered me more than usual this year. That's the odd practice of burying a car's auxiliary, USB and other inputs in the center-armrest cargo compartment--a distinctly unobvious spot that's awkward for a driver or passenger to reach and liable to be hidden under the other junk people throw there.
As you can see in the crummy phone photo above, the Dodge Dart takes this trend a step further by also stashing the CD player there. I don't get it.