AD #1896 – Consumers Warming Up to Autonomy, Tesla to Expand Charging Network, Audi TT Proves Less is More

June 30th, 2016 at 11:44am

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- BMW to Partner for Autonomous Technology
- Survey: Consumers Warming Up to Autonomy
- Tesla May Tap Gas Stations to Expand Charging Network
- 2017 Cadillac ATS & CTS Enhancements
- Audi TT’s Super Clean Interior Layout

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15 Comments to “AD #1896 – Consumers Warming Up to Autonomy, Tesla to Expand Charging Network, Audi TT Proves Less is More”

  1. Brett Says:

    Imagine restoring a 2017 Audi TT in, say, 2042. Welcome to Hell, kid. :)

  2. Lisk Says:

    The 2016 Camaro also has the HVAC controls within the center stack vent surrounds. I thought this was a clever way of opening up space on the IP but the added complexity and repair costs might come back to haunt you.

  3. Lisk Says:

    1) Brett, I agree, but I think the same could be said about most vehicles laden with electronics. Concours quality cars goes as far to have the correct color of throttle return springs. The hunt of finding a working & correct MAP sensor for a 1987 (insert make & model) in 2025 might be a challenge!

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    That’s unfortunate that they made CUE stardard on all trim levels of ATS. Instead, they should have a “CUE Delete” option on all Cadillacs, including the CT6.

  5. RumNCoke Says:

    Back in the day, I used to travel quite a bit. I hated getting a Pontiac for a rental car since the controls were not where you would expect them to be. I can’t imagine jumping into a modern Audi at night in the rain and trying to figure everything out. Good thing they don’t rent ‘em.

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I have CUE on my XT5, and so far, I don’t have much gripe about it. There are redundant buttons for set-up functions, volume buttons on the steering wheel and also a slider (for passenger interface with volume). A/C fan, auto setting, recirc, defog and rear defog also have separate controls. Granted I’m just getting started (with CUE) but I just believe it won’t be a problem.

    On the new Audi interior; maybe a little too stark (in appearance), at least to me. And as earlier said, great for the driver, not so much for passenger (interface).

  7. Maverick Says:

    I’d pass on the Audi TT dash. While it looks clean, there is too much looking at the dash while making changes. I have redundant controls in my car now on the wheel, but I prefer the volume knob on the dash as it never moves and is quick to adjust. The Audi seat heater control looks too complicated for a single control.

  8. Maverick Says:

    Correction…the Audi TT HVAC mode selection control is too complicated, not the heated seats.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yeah, I may be too hard on CUE. My reference point is UConnect in my friend’s Challenger, generally considered about the most intuitive of today’s “infotainment” systems, and the MyLink in my Corvette, also one of the more user friendly systems. Also, the CUE that I experienced, and didn’t like at all, was an earlier version in a first-year ATS.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I still use the volume/channel knobs until I remember that I can do it all on the steering wheel.Old habits die a hard, sometimes long painful death,lol.

  11. Roger Blose Says:

    The Audi TT continues the German obsession with complexity. The repair costs must be out of this world as wear, dust, temperature cycles, and time take their toll. Another Lease car only for sure.

  12. W L Simpson Says:

    Dashes are now on a par with texting , time for voice controls , w/no more than 6 commands necessary

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Interesting article:

  14. Ric Says:

    G.A. Branigan, I was coming back here to post a similar article. Tesla’s defense that all Tesla drivers are fully aware this is still Beta software is not reassuring. I hope this doesn’t dampen the enthusiasm for autonomous cars, but realistically it does dampen it for me :(

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

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