Automakers may be running a race to add the latest features to their infotainment systems, but it turns out consumers are yearning for simpler times. SBD, an automotive consultancy firm along with Nielsen released this survey that appeared in Automotive News. After polling 14,000 car owners, 43% of them felt automakers were adding too many tech features to their cars.
When asked to rank individual components in their cars, the bottom 10 were all related to infotainment features such as voice recognition, smartphone integration, configurable instrument panels and apps.
As the author Chris Perkins noted: “As it turns out, carmakers are good at making cars, not smartphones.”
That may be true for the auto industry, but at Nextivity we have always been proponents of simplicity. With each iteration of Cel-Fi, we put a lot of effort into making sure that regardless of the complexity of the technology, the end product is intuitive, seamless, easy to install, and works right out of the box.
There’s a saying that has been circulated for many years: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. We may not know who originally said it, but in our world, they are definitely words to live by.
What infotainment features in your car are driving you round the bend?
By Werner Sievers, CEO