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In dark alleys: five new jazz albums
April is full of the intoxicating spirit of renewal. And it happens every year. And, thank God, for more than a hundred years, new jazz albums have been released at…

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American experts named the best and worst infotainment systems of car radio

A popular American analytical magazine compiled a traditional report that collected the best and worst infotainment systems that appeared on the market in the latest car models. To compile the rating, experts had to interview more than 60 thousand respondents, of whom only 56 percent were completely satisfied with the performance of car systems.

According to the American publication Consumer Reports, which conducts comparative tests of consumer goods and services based on user responses, the best automotive infotainment system can be considered “IVI”. This system is currently installed on Tesla cars. It is a rare case when 86 percent of the respondents surveyed turned out to have the equipment.
In addition to the creation of Tesla Motors, the top five included the “iDrive” system created by BMW. The survey participants were less satisfied with the Bavarian creation, but still highly rated its quality. They also praised the ” Genesis Display “from the South Korean brand Genesis, the” Sync 3 “system from Ford/Lincoln cars, and the” Uconnect 4 ” from the FCA Alliance. At the same time, the development of FCA and Ford, despite high user ratings, was criticized for problems with music playback and calls via Bluetooth.

The outsider of the Consumer Reports rating was the infotainment system “Remote Touchpad” from the Lexus brand. Only 42 percent of respondents surveyed by the publication are satisfied with its work. In second place from the end were Honda cars with the “HondaLink” system. The Acura and Mazda brands with their “AcuraLink II” and “Mazda Connect”were awarded a low rating. Alfa Romeo’s infotainment system “Alfa Romeo Display” closed out the top five, with only (about) 50 percent of respondents satisfied with its performance.

In addition, Consumer Reports provided other reports about infotainment systems in cars. For comparison, we mentioned 2014, when 53 percent of new cars were equipped with touch panels. Today, this figure is already 83 percent. When working with Apple CarPlay, 64% of drivers are satisfied, while when working with Android Auto, 59% are satisfied. 58% of respondents still have built-in systems. Most of all, motorists scolded trackpads, which were not too convenient for constant, daily use.

Would you like to learn more interesting things? How about reading about the 7 items that every self-respecting driver should have if they don’t want to end up in a complex system.

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