Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Trends 2: Bye Bye

Previously the Carzoos' blog touched on new car design trends for 2014. You can't stop progress and as cars gain more and more gadgets, something has to give, or go.

So with some of the new trends already addressed, time to consider what looks like history in the near future.

CD players. Probably an obvious candidate for the bin, but some cars still come with them as a selling point. However, CD's and CD players have had their day with digital ruling the roost in everyone's lives.

Hand brakes. Every car has one and they're an essential, particularly if your car is a manual. But it seems reaching for the hand brake will be replaced with the touch of a button. Manufacturers are looking at introducing electronic hand brakes, so that classic, reassuring clickity-click as you engage or release the lever will be just a memory.

Gear change. Cars usually come two ways – automatic or manual.
But it won't be long before you don't have a choice, with the gear stick and it's associated cogs and clunks set for retirement. It costs manufacturers a fortune to have production lines accommodating two kinds of transmissions. So in the interest of saving money and getting more cars out, it will soon be automatic all the way.

What next? No steering wheel, replaced by a plane-like joy stick? You read it here first.

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