Cars can’t han­dle phones

Nelson Mail - - TECHNOLOGY&SCIENCE - BLAYNE SLABBERT

Us­ing a phone in a car is still a has­sle even though man­u­fac­tur­ers have had a decade to ac­com­mo­date them.

I can for­give most of my own car’s fail­ings when it comes to phones as it’s pretty old.

I still get an­noyed there’s no way to con­nect my phone to the stereo. IPods had been around for a while when my car was made so I’d at least ex­pect a USB or head­phone port. But car mak­ers didn’t try to meet the needs of iPod own­ers 10-15 years ago, and not much has changed.

Mod­ern cars still lack some ba­sic fea­tures to make life eas­ier for a phone-wield­ing driver.

I no­ticed this re­cently when I hired a newish car. I thought it was a chance for my phone to be at home in a ve­hi­cle.

The first thing I no­ticed was there was nowhere to put my phone. I as­sumed there would be a holder near the dash so I could eas­ily use Google Maps.

There was noth­ing avail­able –

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