I'm a car guy. But unlike a lot of car guys, I care much more about the interior design than the exterior design of my cars. So I was interested to learn that Audi has a new concept car showing its future design themes. After all, I think Audi has some of the nicest car interiors in the business. So take a look at this photo of the new concept:
Looks nice, right? Well, mostly. But what about that pop up navigation screen? I hate that style. They stick up like a sore thumb. Compare that Audi to the new Mercedes S class dashboard:
See how beautifully they integrated the infotainment screen into the dash? It flows organically instead of looking like an enormous pimple on an otherwise gorgeous face.
While we're on the subject, here's a few more pet peeves about infotainment screens:
- Ford: Looks good, but the ones one the Ford's I've rented lately have been glitchy. clunky, and hard to use. As Consumer reports observes: "The controls are overly complicated, cumbersome to use, and potentially distracting." I couldn't agree more.
- Tesla: Every time I peek into a Tesla, the touchcreen is covered with finger smudges. Every single time. That would get old.
- Toyota: I couldn't figure out the system the last time I rented a Toyota.