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Into the Breach: The future of in-car infotainment

Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

In-car infotainment is broken. The best that can be said of the finest systems on the market is that they generally do what one asks of them and don't induce fits of rage.

At their worst, they're actively dangerous, spiking the driver's blood pressure, forcing tentative or aggressive behavior at intersections and interchanges—and generally taking the driver outside the flow of traffic.

In many cases, one is better served by accessing one's mobile phone, however dangerous or illegal it might be. That doesn't take into account the overwhelmingly seductive allure of the important information sitting in one's pocket or purse, begging to be accessed.

As the founders of Los Altos, Calif.-based

By Davey G. Johnson