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Ten gadgets you really don´t need in your car

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Take a visit to any car showroom, anywhere in the world and you’ll see that cars have changed. No longer are they simply four wheels and a box on top, no longer are they simply a vehicle with which to get one from location to another.

No. Cars have become much more than that and modern cars are now designed to make driving a pleasure, rather than simply a chore. But do we really need the plethora of gadgets that come fitted in modern vehicles? We don’t think so – and here’s a list of things we reckon are now redundant. Some may be controversial – so if you disagree, let us know in the comments section

Book compartment

Ask yourself this: when did you last use an A to Z to plan your route? Well actually I used mine fairly recently, but for the majority of people, the A to Z has been thrown away or left in a cupboard somewhere, never to be seen again. With the invention of the satellite navigation system and its rise in popularity, very few people are using an A to Z – meaning the book compartment on the back of the front seats, has been empty for years.

Windscreen scrapers

We said some of these were controversial, and that may be so. But on modern cars, windscreens heat up so quickly that the hated chore of scraping your windscreen every winter morning has become a thing of the past for a lot of people.

CD player

Pretty obvious this one. Smart phones have been on the rise for years, and now that cars have chargers, or even docking points for iPhones and iPods, the need to have an integrated CD player in the vehicle is no longer really a ‘need’, is it? And, with a lack of CDs, you could argue the ‘glove’ box is almost redundant too.

Sat Nav

We’ve already mentioned the rise of smart phones and, with in car charging facilities combined with phones with GPS capabilities, Google maps or even the TomTom app, there is surely no need to splash out on a separate device to tell you how to get to your destination. Surely the sat nav wins the award for the ‘newest gadget to be no longer needed’?


Lightlashes. You know, eyelashes for your lights. What’s that you say, they were redundant in 1982? If only that were true – I saw some on my way to the supermarket only yesterday. The shame.

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Believe it or not, this actually exists! A tiny heater in the headrest of the Mercedes-Benz SL and SLK, pumping out warm air, meaning the driver and passengers can experience the ‘open top’ experience even when the weather is bad. Reviews suggest the novelty wears off as soon as you imagine it would. Honestly, what will they think of next?

In car espresso (Fiat)

Does as it says on the tin. Fiat came up with their in car espresso machine only last year. While the cynic in me says it was purely a PR exercise, I couldn’t not include it on this list. Even if you did want a very mediocre espresso (and the inevitable spillage over the gearstick), it could be argued that it’s a bit dangerous couldn’t it? The whole point of taking a break is, well, taking a break from driving. And even if you don’t want to, the growing number of Starbucks drive throughs means you can get a slightly less mediocre coffee with slightly risk of spillage.

Chip holder

Oh yes, it’s true. Somewhere in the good ol’ U S of A, some wise cherp came up with a ‘french fry holder’, converting a cup holder into a place where a portion of fast food potato based snacks could be stored. Think we’ll move on.

Child reminder system

I promise I’m not making this up. Should you – somehow – accidentally leave your child in the car, your key ring will frantically beep at you to remind you that you’ve forgotten someone. But then if you’re the sort of person to accidentally leave your child in the car, I’d suggest you’re the sort of person who shouldn’t be on the road in the first place.

Automated windscreen wipers

Another development of 21st century cars that irritates me. I would argue that there’s a psychological element to turning on the windscreen wipers which tells our brains to drive more carefully. If your car windscreen wipers come on automatically, then that psychological change is eliminated. Get rid!

Technology  03/10/2013 09:12:54

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