Renting a car with CarPlay for a week (and a reasonably long "commute" during that time) completely changed my mind. Typically the only reason I ever used a built in car display up to this point was...to set up my phone in Bluetooth. Suddenly I had familiar applications that made that screen useful: Maps, Overcast (podcasts), Messages (read aloud, not displayed, of course), etc. A phone in a holder is, of course, totally acceptable and fine, but as I'm just starting to consider buying my first car in almost a decade I'm suddenly looking at CarPlay as a requirement.
Other notes on this for those that are interested: A lot of cars with CarPlay also support Android Auto, and they always have a base system if you'd prefer not to use either. OP is talking about this from a luxury car perspective, but it's available in a really wide price range from entry to super-luxury.
The normal car bluetooth systems on the other hand don't mind if you don't give them access to things, and you can restrict it to music and calls only.
I have no idea how they’ve managed to design it like this, it’s like they only think single driver commuters would use it
That's releasing early next month. Probably a gold master build at the event on 9/10, with wide release following after that.
I'm also not a fan of Siri, would love to keep it disabled as I normally do, but CarPlay doesn't even start without it :/
On further reflection, I think it's still overall not a good idea. If the driver wants to change the music being played, or the volume, or whatever, and there is a passenger in the car with them, then I would think it would be okay for the driver to have the passenger do that on their behalf. And that might affect the display.
But I guess I can wait to see if iOS 13 can change my mind.
And after that she becomes annoyed she can't play Pokemon go or whatever game anymore :p
Best solution I've found so far was putting my Spotify account on my drivers phone, then I can change the music using my phone without messing up waze.
You may not agree with the design choice, but it’s completely obvious why they made it that way.
The case where then passenger needs to do something is rare enough when compared to the safety issues. In design you also need to weigh and make trade offs.
The need for internet access is slightly irritating however.
I’ve yet to have it work a single time, and have just given up, after (in your own words) shouting at the car.
1. That I can't tell siri to play things on spotify, etc, although apparently siri support for spotify is coming. I'm on the iOS 13.1 beta but it's still not there
2. Carplay limits the listing of bands/albums/songs in the menu. I get that they don't want me visually scrolling through hundreds of albums while I'm driving, but since there's no carplay search, and I can't (yet) control spotify with siri, this means to play the music I want I have to pick up my phone and select my music from there. Much less safe than if they just listed all my music on the screen.
They list far more albums when the car is at a stop, but it's still not all of it. Scrolling through my artists gets me to about G before it stops listing.
Siri support for spotify really can't come soon enough for me.
I think the wording may some "certain cars" enforce it because after-market head units may not be connected up to the speedometer and therefore have no way of including this information.
 Apple gives the car manufacturer the ability to truncate the length of scrollable lists while the car is in motion, which Mazda does. Nothing like only being able to see the first 15 items in a list of podcasts, or artists, or songs. I hate this. But otherwise the implementation is great, especially the integration between the car's physical controls and CarPlay. There's a steering wheel button to bring up Siri. There's direct physical button access to Maps, Now Playing, and the home screen. It would be nice if Apple allowed me to set Google Maps as the default mapping app, but Apple maps has become good enough most of the time. Aside, my 2016 CX-9 came w/o CarPlay. Mazda made it available as a DIY'able retrofit last year. The parts were a couple hundred dollars and it took a couple hours to retrofit.
 Once the entire entertainment system froze up and it didn't fix itself till like the next day. I've been meaning to check if there's an update from Chevy.
“Give me directions to foo using Waze” - gives directions to do using Waze
This might be new, but it definitely works on the iOS 13 beta, although I’m pretty sure it worked on iOS 12. It would still be nicer if we could just set default apps
1. "Intelligently filter content when the vehicle is moving. Certain cars may cause CarPlay to truncate lists of content when the vehicle is in motion or has exceeded a certain speed."
2. contentLimitsEnforced: A Boolean value indicating whether contents limits are enforced by the content server.
3. enforcedContentItemsCount: Returns the number of content items that are displayed when content limiting is enforced.
With your phone you know not to touch it when driving but the center console feels acceptable.
I had one close call where the car's auto breaking saved me from hitting a car that decided to turn without indicating. now I treat my centre console almost like my phone, I will use the console stopped at lights but not my phone.
i use voice control and steering wheel buttons only whilst driving, works well enough!
To be clear, I hardly touch the infotainment screen while in motion. I can do almost everything I need to by voice, the only touch command is to choose an option from a list.
It would be nice to have a HUD projected on the windshield, but I don't find it distracting to look at the Infotainment screen.
I came to a compromise of using ~1/4" aluminum rods anchored in the forward vent and around inside the CD player to create a phone holder cradled above and slightly off to the right of the main dashboard. This creates a mechanically sturdy enclosure that I really wish cars would come with built in.
A HUD would be even better but I don't think I could ever trust a display driven by car manufacturers' software stacks.
no one will follow this advice, but no one will think they will be in an accident until they have a huge welt on their head and can't figure out why.
It might bounce but at that point there's way less energy involved and the accident's intense enough that a welt on my head is the least of my problems.
And if you're in flinging territory, the cell phone is a rounding error compared to the windshield, and a lot more blunt too.
The windshield won't be flung anywhere, but an electronic device will. Getting smashed in the face with an iPhone going 50Km/h is going to do some damage, rounded corners or not.
What do I do about the legally mandated 2-4lbs steel backed rear-view mirror that's required to be hand-removable without the use of tools in most places?
To be clear, i'm not saying you're wrong -- i'm saying that making a car a safe crash space will drive a person mad. It's practically impossible.
Maybe not the authoritative source but interacting with a phone while driving is indeed illegal in all of Europe.
You presumably meant EU, a part but not all of Europe, but that too is wrong. For example, the law in the Czech Republic, a member state of EU, states that it forbidden to hold a phone (or other handheld device), in hand or otherwise (e.g. between shoulder and ear) while driving (§ 125c / 1f) 1. z. č. 361/2000 Sb.).
Handheld devices probably are illegal to use while driving in all of EU while being (hand)held, but absolutely not when mounted and used in the same manner as car’s builtin display. It may be the case in some country, but is not true generally.
Why don't you loose your requirement to just 2DIN space to install your favourite Car Play compatible gadget into?
For android DIY folks , another route is to build your own open source AndroidAuto receiver with e.g. http://headunit.viktorgino.me/ + https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-official-7-touchs...
What I'd be willing to compromise on is an external screen that will handle CarPlay or Android Auto. I can't seem to find one out there.
And, in Australia, it's very easy to lose mobile reception. Having usable maps on device is a must.
It’s a requirement from now on! :)
I keep saying that an EV with carplay has made me look at a car differently - it’s a chassis with a battery. Choose the size of both according to what fits, say, 99.9% of all trips.
For someone who lives in a city and have a charger in the garage of course this is a luxury, but to me it just makes so much sense.
There was one that could spoof an iPad and allow it to be used as the CarPlay display and interface from the iPhone.
Give that a try on any car you look at, you may find it works.
I still get an occasional dropout where the song gets really quiet for a few seconds but my Spotify app keeps running and no longer switches to Amazon Music randomly.
Aren’t these screens almost entirely bad? In 10 years, screens in cars will be the new smoking, except that they kill other people, and the NYT will be full of editorials about how they snuck up on society and caused so many accidents - who could have known?
And that's one thing I have noticed, Android pretty much owns the industrial market. Every touchscreen device you see in the wild is basically an Android device. Those payment kiosk things in restaurants, CarPlay, etc.
AFAIC, Android is best suited as an industrial OS. Before android it was Windows CE, which was even bigger garbage than Android, and of course now it is dead.
Alternatives are things like custom rolled Linux (and really why?) and RTOS/GUI platforms like vxworks, qnx.. they have their place. 90% of shit can just use stock android and whatever mods you need.
Subjectively, running Android 10 on a Pixel 2, battery life has never been better, and apps running in the background sucking up my battery hasn't been a problem.
I've used the ubiquitous cheap Huawei and Xiaomi phones, and while they get the job done, the experience isn't nearly as good, as you have to deal with their UI and clutter. Unfortunate.
It does make sense, it's pretty customizable and a lot of the legwork is done for you.
 the update instructions say to put the update file on a FAT32-formatted USB drive and plug in. The update file is 6GB and FAT32 has a 4 GB file size limit. Tried exFAT, UFS, and a few other file systems QNX has support for, no go with those.
I have a Honda Civic and it's definitely an Android tablet shoved into the dash.
I was wondering which manufacturer was going QNX instead.
I'd much prefer that display be an extension of my personal device. I don't want a new infotainment ecosystem with the manufacturer's choices baked in, I want the an extension of the one I'm going to keep using when I get out of the car, replete with my personal preferences for things like map applications, music, etc.
Perhaps it was my coming from the crime against humanity that is CarWings in my old Nissan Leaf. I liked my Leaf, but there was nothing on the center console that wasn't better on my iPhone.
Does your wife's have an issue where once in a while it refuses to go into AA, and you have to hard-reboot the infotainment system? Mine does this thing where AA icon shows up, touching it does does the click animation, but doesn't actually launch AA.
That's my only real complaint with the system, actually. Once in a while it just really doesn't want to launch AA. Once I'm in though... works great. (Okay, maybe the steering wheel could use a play/pause button, but that's minor)
the newer fusions replaced controls with actual buttons which looks cheaper and doesn't make it any easier to figure out without looking. probably due to increased failures or simply cost savings
Car companies are NOT in the business of building infotainment systems. They are in the business of building cars. A while back, to compete and differentiate themselves, they all started to build their own touch screen systems with their own custom interfaces. All of them sucked. Even the ones that were the best of their class still sucked. Not only that, every single interface was different. Going from car-to-car meant re-learning a new system. They all have limited resources to throw at this problem so everything is sub-par. It's like going to McDonalds for good coffee -- no, you go to a coffee shop if you want good coffee. McDonalds just provides coffee because they have to. Same is true for car manufacturers.
Trusting the OEM is just a bad idea. It is better for everyone involved to give this responsibility to those who are good at it. Apple and Google both have huge ecosystems of accessories and application developers -- not to mention massive user bases. Apple and Google have entire teams dedicated to integrating with auto makers and ensuring that the experience is consistent across all vehicles.
So why would you want to pay thousands of dollars more to get, for example, a navigation experience on your car that sucks balls? Instead you can plug in your smartphone – which some have arguably more computing power than a lot of commodity PC's sold in the last few years – and have a vastly superior experience.
I'd love to buy a luxury car that lets me hook up my iPad for all infotainment and GPS. Just give me a nice simple dock that looks good with the rest of the fit and finish.
I'm in Phoenix, Arizona - and even in the middle of summer, with the sun beating down and turning the inside of every vehicle into an impromptu slow cooker (seriously - you can slow-cook in your car here in Arizona; that is, if you don't mind your car smelling like a working kitchen afterward), the LCD never had any problems that I could see.
I was honestly very surprised, as LCDs are normally very temperature sensitive (more to cold than to heat - but I would think that the temperatures inside a car in the summertime would be hot enough to cause problems). Usually, though, whatever the temperature - if the LCD has problems, once it comes back within it's normal range it will start working properly again.
I've dreamed about being able to dock my phone in place of that shitty GPS.
get one before tariffs kick in. you're welcome.
Alternatively, the more bloat they cram into the machines, the more they can charge.
I’d love a car that was just a car, a set of speakers, and A/C.
My 2004 TJ is pretty much that - it's dash is reminiscent of the basic dash I had in my old 94 Ranger.
In an original Wrangler (ie - pre-JK, 2 door), the dash is pretty "small" - there isn't a lot of room between its front and the firewall - so while it seems like a lot is crammed in there, it also makes fishing wires and such fairly easy (coupled with the bareness of the interior - custom wiring is a dream - just lay it down and zip-tie it to the rollbar in most cases).
The "center console" area is almost designed to be modded, and plenty of people have done it. But if you want to keep it stock, it is pretty bare-bones. You can even get it with a cigarette lighter -and- a DC power outlet (I should also note that one mod that I've seen was kinda neat - stowing a small inverter behind the passenger speaker area with the "plug" mounted nearby on the side or underneath the dash area).
The downside is that it isn't a new vehicle - but I have the "bulletproof" 4.0 I6 - so even with it's mileage, I'm not worried. There's also the fact that the interior is...spartan (and the body isn't designed to protect you in an accident - not a big deal, as usually most cars that get into accidents with Wranglers disintegrate, while the Wrangler is usually drivable - might have to take a hammer to some parts first). Despite it being basic, though, the AC works incredibly well here in Phoenix!
Oh - and terrible gas mileage - there's that - though having a lift, 33" ATs, and a rear tire carrier don't help either (I've heard that you can get up to 16 mpg with a TJ on stock tires and no lift - but I ain't changing mine - I'm fine with 12 mpg - smiles per gallon, man).
But...but...if you can live with all that...you too can own a wallet that cries itself to sleep every night.
A friend of mine had an early-2000s Mercedes S-class. It was a very expensive car when it was new and still an amazing car in almost all respects -- except for the completely outdated, ugly DVD-based navigation system. He used a dashboard mount for his smartphone instead.
Even luxury cars made less than 10 years ago have screen software that feels very outdated compared to what a new Honda Civic comes with. The cars still drive great, but a significant part of the way you interact with them is obsolete.
I hope both Carplay and Android Auto continue to get regular updates and don't break backward compatibility, so a car that comes with one of those systems today won't feel obsolete in 5 years.
It's not unreasonable to expect a fridge or TV to last 10 or 15 years. Yet, if it's "smart", and had a top-of-the-line processor put in it 10 years ago, today it would be equivalent to running an iPhone 3G. More likely, it was in development for a couple years, and was based on a cheaper/lower-end/older processor.
Cars have the same problem, but with the non-tech part being 5 digits $$$ instead of 3 or 4.
I think part of the problem is the manufacturers would rather you replace the entire thing (because the processor is outdated). Someone buying a new fridge every 3 years (instead of every 10-15) because theirs won't run the latest apps is great for them.
With cars, Android Auto and CarPlay have so far saved consumers from that nightmare.
I have a Mazda 3 skyactiv which is not a luxury car. The infotainment system is rather very solid. It's very responsive. I almost never had a problem with Bluetooth and I never needed to use the touch screen because the buttons UX is good enough.
Comparing to the other crap I've seen in the same category cars, I'd say the Japanese pulled a hell of a job.
For the record I also use my driving time solely for the purpose of driving. CarPlay doesn’t have to mean annoying interruptions.
Tesla's system might be good right now, but they're unstable fiscally as a company and they have NO incentive to be excellent in designing software and maintaining old software far into the future. And Tesla might go belly-up, at which point their ability to maintain said software declines to zero.
Look at that sales trend line. Rocket ship. They aren’t going belly up any time soon.
I don't know if these systems are outsourced or built in house by the airlines, but they make my blood boil every time. Especially considering that airlines pay the plane 100+ M$ but they save money on putting crappy Android tablets with a bloated software on it...
Do you want to know how you can tell if someone can actually afford a luxury car? Its not whether they get good financing, or whether they get options, its whether or not its serviced.
>but I’m equally sure I’d be charged some outrageous fee for that “service”.
You see, actual luxury vehicle owners do not question the price at all. They dont see anything other than the signature box on the invoice. You could for example as I have, charge $190 just to replace the light in the glovebox, and they wouldnt think twice about that amount of money. I was once faced with a BMW owner looking at seven thousand dollars to replace their electronic air-ride suspension, and the hardest decision they had to make was whether they should buy another BMW while this one was being serviced.
Luxury owners rarely see opulence as anything more than a disposable commodity. If they dont like the apps, or if they dont like the stereo, they just buy a different car. A salesman once told me of a woman who traded her 8 month old Porsche in for a BMW because she didnt like the little song the car played when it started up.
"Actual luxury vehicle owners" are just the mass affluent. There's really nothing special about them. The upper 20% household income demographics of just about any developed nation. Read the sales numbers for literally any of the German big-three. They're just what you expect. A4s sell more than any other Audi sedan; Q5s sell more than any other Audi SUV.
The typical owner isn't someone with a 7-series.
Makes for a nice story, though. And sure, the mass affluent frequently lease. They also often live beyond or max out their means.
I used to sell computers at retail. Probably 5% of customers were mega-rich. One guy dropped $50k on laptops and accessories for his kids for Christmas. Another lady paid me about $5k to run some Ethernet cable, build a fancy desk and setup her workspace.
Your entry level rich person is a surgeon. The Ethernet lady owned a half dozen McDonalds.
I often wonder about the people who drive late model luxury cars, on the rare occasions I see them in my town. Are they killing it? Or did they buy it on finance to compete with the Jonses?
Or it's a tax deduction because leasing cars are deductible while buying them is not as easily deductible, so it's overall cheaper for them to act that way then to be traditionally money smart about it.
Last two demos I've bought (both German) were both priced around the same as an equivalently specced brand new Japanese model.
Compare the fusion to an A4 and you’ll find the A4 feels cheaper. Now an A6 does not compare to a fusion, but a Lincoln continental blows it away.
It’s all in the eye of the beholder (luxury by name, or actual feel of luxury). If anything a Volkswagen competes with Honda these days. Utilitarian and bland... plus Volkswagen will have a random electrical failure that totals the car. Now if you had said Nissan you would have had a point (but the price point doesn’t match Ford)
The last Ford I owned was about 16 years ago so I don't know what they're like these days. Swapped it for a Honda Jazz/Fit and more recently I have a Golf. The build quality of the VW was a big step up from the Honda. Simply felt more solid and sturdy. Both have been reliable.
Every car company should provide some basics, like bluetooth connectivity, but aside from that, Android Auto and Apple Carplay are the ways to go. They get updated constantly and are made by companies with stakes in keeping them current. This way, I don't need to purchase a new car to get decent software.
That said, there have been regressions in UI usability and some things that should have gotten attention haven't, such as USB audio.
I should mention USB audio is interesting because it allows you to play uncompressed music in FLAC and Apple Lossless directly (bluetooth does not)
> the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it would require all automobiles sold in the United States built beginning in May 2018 to include backup cameras
Just make sure there's an 1/8" jack, too, so I don't have to deal with Bluetooth.
or wait, is this just what getting old is like? Do the kids these days think everything works great?
I feel like I'm not in control of most of the technology in my life, and most of it is unreliable and unpredictable and has terrible UX.
What I’ve noticed is there are still industries that don’t use a lot of computers yet and every once in a while the entire industry all at once decides “we need to force computers on everyone now”. And they do this way ahead of putting any thought into user experience so it usually sucks and you end up dealing with new sources of shitty computer interfaces sometimes I.e. smart TVs. But they do generally seem to get gradually better from there.
Phone keeps getting jankier and jankier UX as the software gets more and more and bloated (I'm looking at your Chromium and Google Maps). Right now my virtual key presses lag about 5-10s
Pretty much any single technical device or software component in my life malfunctions in several ways. Just last night I rebooted UE4 Editor about half a dozen times when it started rendering black and mouse stopped working. I have a Cardo bluetooth set (for motorcyclists) and every feature in that device is broken/malfunctioning in some way. And I paid 200€ for that. Utter f*n BS.
Steve Jobs greatest contribution was to scream at people to make their shit work. I wish every engineer had a personal stevejobs screaming at him with a red face to make his/her shit work.
Unfortunately the sad fact is.. there's no value in quality to businesses. As long as people buy their shit (and there are no better quality competitors) the added quality would only be an added cost.
I miss the days when software would ship when it was done. Or as close to done as reasonable. Living in the days of constant updates means I don't know what my phone's UI is going to look like tomorrow.
Hopefully we can find a balance in the coming years.
That said I'm pleased to drive a car with no in car computer.
When I was a kid in the 80s every adult I heard complained that they couldn't set the clock on their VCR, but that every 12 year old knew how instinctively.
The recent story about how Cisco routers would 'phone home' to see if your license for the software was still current and not operate if it wasn't struck me as another absurd example of how lame this can be.
What always astonishes me is that a company like BMW which makes an excellent car can convince itself that it can maintain and operate a software service infrastructure. Just get a few web designers and some coders to whip up an app. Reality is complicated, and what others make look "easy" (Amazon, Google, Azure) has a lot of layers you can't easily "outsource."
Even back in the 90's Sun was fretting over the fact that if you just bought one copy of Solaris with your computer and never upgraded, all those engineers sitting around would just consume cash waiting to do something. Free software has whacked the software business model even further afield.
I continue to use it because Sirius XM horrific sound quality is always there, whereas Bluetooth occasional does what it's supposed to.
The BMW Connected app provides more frustration than value. I use it on occasion, when I've forgotten about how terrible it is.
I loathe voice control systems of all kinds, doesn't matter how good they are. I hate both talking to computers and listening to computers "talk". The first thing I do when I get in a new car is turn off the voice.
You can get map updates much cheaper from people hanging out in BMW user Internet forums who sell them for $50. If you're a computer person and can follow instructions you can save a lot of money on map updates.
It works wonders for me (similar model to B018WV3F50 on Amazon).
It just seems like a huge waste of time, effort, and money for something that a smartphone can do, all while introducing a mandatory version of a potentially fatal distraction. And it looks shitty and operates pretty terribly.
Maybe this will make more sense if/when cars become fully automated, but it should have no place in a vehicle today, when your attention should be on the road.
Meanwhile my wife's car has a full infotainment system and I have to stare at it to figure out what buttons to hit next and it drives me nuts.
That said I'm also partial to removing all screens outside of some kind of GPS. People already don't respect driving their 2-3 ton machine at 100+ feet per second, stop giving them even more reasons to not pay attention to the road.
Most dump trucks don't have infotainment modules. Some are lucky to even have seats.
I think this is acceptable if it's kept to a small screen, or integrated into the rear-view mirror. But, I dont think this should give manufacturers an excuse to add an entire, shitty infotainment system.
My opinion of course, but I have to wonder how many accidents are caused by people staring at their integrated screen of potential death.
Just because your center console _can_ play a film, or show that sportsball game you want to watch, doesn't mean a responsible driver will use it for that. Blaming the screens for irresponsible drivers is probably blaming the wrong thing entirely.
I often use company cars and they are always nice and comfortable, but I didn't encounter any software system I like yet.
I my car I rig my smartphone to the audio and have all features with slightly worse ergonomics.
Maybe interesting for families that often drive on trips but I don't really see the added value yet.
But, it would actually be interesting to get more technical information about the car. But these are hidden by the shitty proprietary software in cases I encountered. And of course you don't get access to maintenance information without manufacturer specific devices...
It was expected that manufacturers try to roll their own systems and try to hide actually useful info in favor of some fucking internet music store. Disappointing.
I wonder how many collisions/deaths are caused directly by drivers needing to look down at their “infotainment” to do anything at all.
I also know that whatever car I go to, no matter how crappy the entertainment system is I get to use CarPlay and don’t have to worry about the OEM garbage. Slow? Ugly? Confusing? Who cares!
I’ve outsourced the entertainment system to a software company with a clue, and I couldn’t be happier.
My maps are real-time updated by Apple. I can listen to whatever new streaming app comes out next year and takes over the market. I have Siri for voice commands, not the awful thing built into my car.
Sorry car makers, you screwed up for too long. Now everyone just wants to bypass you with CarPlay (or Android Auto).
They literally added extra systems to disable it so they could charge rents.
The market will decide.
In my opinion, the sane way to approach cars is to accept that it's an excellent mechanical machine with shit software. Even if they were to do an awesome job, which they won't, over the years the software/screen will get outdated.
The solution is to minimize the software use, and enjoy the car as a mechanical machine, eg. buy the torque-y 30d not the 20d. Eg. I know the map is shit, so I just don't think about it, I have a $2 thing and I mount my phone and that's it. My phone will always have a nicer screen, better software, better 4G, it will always be configured better for me (I get a new phone every year).
On the car, I just use the radio, the bluetooth for Spotify (sometimes it doesn't work), and that's it. Things like "CarPlay" or whatever, voice commands, it's better not to think about it and just enjoy the ride.
The only tech upgrade I'd take on a new car is the surround camera because I'm a shitty parker, but that's it.
I think the audience for these things are people stuck in bad commutes or long boring trips where they are unengaged from driving.
Having something to listen to actually improves my concentration, prevents my brain zoning out and becoming really inattentive from boredom ;)
There’ll probably come a time where Apple phases out support for really old CarPlay devices, but to my knowledge it hasn’t happened yet, and Apple has strong incentives to keep it that way (since they want to give you incentive to upgrade your iPhone, even if you have an old car).
Surely if you really wish to enjoy a BMW you buy one with a NA petrol engine ;-)
It seems to me an M-car mostly makes sense if you're going to the track, which I never do. CMIIW
I definitely get the appeal of a diesel! I even enjoy the 8 (?) speed modern 320d/330d. But red-lining a decent petrol engine can't compare.
Even the electronic safety nannies that are exclusively part of the car get in my way sometimes. I will intentionally disable stabilitrak and traction control on my car every time I start it up, unless the weather is bad. I also feel safer and more in control if I can feel the road through the steering wheel and don't have things like fly-by-wire keeping me isolated from the physical reality unfolding around me.
I've heard lots of complaints regarding things like lane keep assist being too aggressive and making steering non-intuitive or annoying. Good luck disabling that on a 2019 model year vehicle. Everyone wants to be so goddamn comfortable and disengaged while they are driving their 4000lb death machines around. I really don't get it anymore. What are our priorities?
Phones are very good at offering music, news, and other things that we generally use to fill boredom. I want that option available when I've been in mostly stopped traffic for the last 15+ minutes.
Can it be done without AA/CarPlay? Sure. But it's much more convenient to have the full integration.
This is what they WANT. They want you to buy a new one! It's planned obsolescence only without getting dinged on reliability ratings....
Is this right? Apparently the base price for this car is around $60,000, so this person paid $195,000 ($60,000 + 2.25 * $60,000) for this car?
It makes cars a small fortune compared to the US. When I tell Israeli coworkers that I paid about $6K for a 3 year lease of my chevy volt (after state / utility company rebates), their mouths drop. That's basically free to them.
Also in Israel it used to be common that a benefit you got from your company was a car (because it wasn't taxed as income). It could be similar in other european countries? which hides the cost of the car from many of the consumers. Now, Israel taxes cars basically like income so its not as common a benefit you see anymore (employees would rather have cash than a car). The only reason to get a car as a benefit if for some reason the company can get the car cheaper than you could have gotten it yourself.
Sure some cars are sexy and go fast, but you can't push them to the limit on the street, you're not on a track.
Also, it was a demo-car, the price was around $42'000.
There is an exception for cars under 10.000, I think there the taxes are around 95%.
For that reason, Denmark is full of super small cars and well serviced bigger and older cars.
Yet, I guess the author now moved to Switzerland, at least the number plate does not look danish at all.
It's similar when you buy a car in Oregon (no sales tax) and want to register it in Washington (10% sales tax). If that was a way around paying the tax, every single person in the state would be doing it. The government has thought of this as well. And if you say "oh, I'm even smarter than that, I simply won't register the car in Washington", that gets you a felony conviction when you're caught.
It's almost as if governments can anticipate some obvious loopholes and close them.
The chances of getting caught are high. If someone who dislikes you notices a car with Swedish plates staying the night too often, they might report you, and the fines for violation are terrifying, the tax itself with 50% on top if memory serves.
So as a private consumer instead of buying a $100k BMW and that ends up costing $225k you'd buy the $100k one, and an entry level $50k base model, and have $75k left to spend on moving parts over before you'd break even.
When that's considered tax fraud and when it's considered perfectly legal will differ by country. I assume it isn't illegal for danes to buy a new engine, seats etc. for their existing cars without needing to change the VIN.
So you don’t know