Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 12:20pm
Ford's chief interior designer is "looking forward to the day when automotive designers get rid of CD players."
"That’s oceanfront property when you are talking about the center stack," Michael Arbaugh told the Detroit Free Press. "I think anybody under 30 is probably using all MP3 devices. They don’t buy CDs."
Throwing out the CD player would help with fuel efficiency, said Arbaugh, and "free up critical space... where technology is offering other choices." Among those choices are smartphone-friendly systems that more easily allow in-car web radio playback.
"Shedding the CD player is part of a larger trend in automotive infotainment," wrote Automotive News earlier this year (RAIN coverage here). "Content and computing power are migrating to smartphones."
You can find more from the Detroit Free Press here.