Driving past Speedway and get bombarded with an advertisement for Shell and Exxon Mobil.
Drive past McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, Arby's, Waffle House and Wendy's (all in my town) and get blasted with advertisements for TGI Fridays who closed the only one near me last year leaving the closest location 40+ miles away.
Drive past the local Coffee/Donut Shop (which are great and cheap) and get advertisements for Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.
How freaking useful. /s
Other than learning how to disable this, just like with OnStar, this provides absolutely zero benefit for me and people I know.
This is the dark side of competition and is what happens when all margin on the actual product is crushed out of an industry. It's known as a deflationary race to the bottom. Product quality goes to hell and greasy "monetization" schemes replace simple sales at a profit as the primary source of revenue.
Another place you can see this effect of deflationary race to the bottom very clearly is media, where click bait and filler and various forms of tabloid and "fake news" is now the norm. Good editorial writing and real investigative journalism costs money, so it's dead. The model now is to churn out absolutely vapid "content" as a vehicle to carry ads and get clicks/impressions.
In the future you'll have to buy a luxury car if you want a car that is of decent quality and doesn't spy on you or constantly pester you with ads. Same is true today for PCs and laptops. You have to buy premium (Apple, high-end Dell, etc.) to get a laptop that doesn't come pre-loaded with malware and that has anything like a decent build quality.
I also thought it was the default, but obviously not.
Is it time for government regulators to step in?
On the other hand touch screens don’t let you have tactile or muscle memory which is probably a big part which would add to distractions . And your point about that these should be regulated I agree with .
I have always felt that ends up incentivizing simply using the device itself, which seems to be less safe than letting the car take control and using the functions that are designed to be used while driving.
Ideally people wouldn't feel the need to use their phone while driving at all, but the world is far from ideal.
I understand what you’re saying, and agree, but I just want to play some tunes. On our Nissan Leaf, it takes seven taps on the screen to get BT to connect to my phone, because my phone isn’t the “default”. Seven, and plenty of opportunity to make a wrong choice along the way. And I have to do this every time the car restarts, and it can only be done while the car’s not moving. The car has a list of known devices, it just refuses to iterate through them. Real incentive to use the safer option, that is.
New rule at our house: car either has CarPlay, dash unit can be swapped for something with CarPlay, or it doesn’t come home.
By the way, beyond all the branding and advertising in the video, the gassing up was another huge "do not want" for me. It's like people are ignoring that cars of the future will be electric.
Had I not previously written code that handles this exact scenario, I might agree. Hell, my iPhone does this exact thing to determine whether or not I'm driving. "Are we driving? I dunno, let's go iterate through all of the automotive BT IDs that I know about. Whoop, I see the Leaf's BT, I guess we're driving." I see no reason that the Leaf can't go, "hmm, I don't see the wife's phone. But I do see mikestew's phone, and that's in my list of known devices. I'll throw a prompt asking, or maybe that's too intrusive so I'll put a one-touch button on the screen to connect. But what I absolutely, positively won't do is make the driver push seven goddamned buttons to connect to a device I already know about."
I know this can be done because when I did work for a major athletic shoe maker, they put incredibly low-powered and incredibly dumb BT pucks in their shoes. In an amazing show of optimism, what if the customer bought two pairs of these over-priced shoes? And the implementation I wrote eight years ago did not involve seven taps. (IIRC, it was along the lines of "I don't see your usual basketball shoes, but I see the running shoes. Wanna use those?")
That's why this annoys me more than it should.
Do other cars/manufacturers handle multiple paired phones better?
The single-DIN, $89 head unit in our old VW does this better. You push a single button. (The downside is that it only pairs with two phones and an audio device.) It connects to the last thing it saw by default. The $700 Pioneer (would have to look up the model #) that replaced our Scion OEM unit connects to the last device it saw, and if that doesn't do it, three taps to connect (Settings/BT Connect/Device). Oh, that reminds me of another annoyance with the Leaf: one of those seven button taps is to decide between "Hands-free" or "audio device". <AverageUser>Well, how the fuck should I know? No other thing I own asks this question.</AverageUser> Because the Pioneer and the skeezy $89 Kenwood both say, "meh, don't worry about it, I'll load the appropriate profile depending on what you want to do. I mean, hell, it's pretty stupid to put a CPU in here if I can't even figure out that simple task, amirite? LOL!"
Unless this significantly drops the price of their cars vs. their competition (it won't) I'm not sure how this benefits drivers / consumers. For that reason alone I imagine this is not a good idea.
This is exactly the kind of ridiculously crazy stuff they come up with with board rooms when the sycophants don't have enough balls to tell their leaders they are nuts.
It's good to be ambitious, this is just stupid.
Now - if they could make it so you could get your car filled up and 'pay with your car' i.e. no credit cards, buttons or transactions - that would be a great convenience, and surely people in colder countries would use it.
Fix the 'getting gas' paint point which is huge.
And once this is common - you will not be 'shopping' - you will be 'working'.
I worked for BlackBerry and watched the world transform to 'off time is now on time'.
Basically - 'after hours' became accessible to managers - now commute times will be as well.
It will be good for skilled labour/trades. They will still get paid by the hour ... while white collar workers will now be putting in an extra 50 mins a day on average, no extra comp :)
Sure, but think of all of those billions of dollars they could make! We're talking about GM here. Passenger and driver safety is not exactly their top concern:
Welcome to late stage capitalism.
This doesn't make much sense for cars that aren't self driving, it's just about getting it to market asap.