Why your $500 smartphone outsmarts a $100,000 car

Darren Murph

The modern day motorcar is nothing short of genius. It’s an engineering feat that can only truly be appreciated with an intense understanding of physics, combustion, and branches of science that I can’t even pronounce. With the turn of a key or the press of a button, thousands upon thousands of mechanical parts immediately synchronize to transport humans from one point to another at a speed that was thought impossible a few hundred years ago.
Why then, I wonder, is such a marvel of human effort so completely, absolutely, and bafflingly behind the curve when it comes to doing anything beyond moving? Take a gander at any ludicrously expensive automobile on the market today: BMW’s M6, Ferrari’s F430, Bentley’s Continental, any number of Porsches. They’re built from the finest materials on Earth, they’re capable of rocketing you to some ungodly rate of speed in an equally appalling amount of seconds, and they’re stocked with what is perhaps the most pathetic excuse for a navigation system that our era has ever seen. The infotainment portion of today’s most impressive fleet of cars is almost comically antiquated. It’s the equivalent of building a 7,800-square-foot mansion and requiring the chef to cobble together lint and sticks f [...]
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