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Are modern cars just too complicated?

‘They don’t make cars like they used to.’ No doubt this is an all too familiar statement from the elder generation, who once took it upon themselves to service and maintain their own vehicles. But whether you agree with the statement or not, it’s fortunate they don’t make cars like they used to, due to the safety features now available. But as technological car advancements further develop are they just becoming too complicated? Modern cars have been inundated with systems and electronic devices that takes a deal of control away from the driver in exchange for a safer driving experience. Anti-lock brakes restrict a driver from skidding, electronic stability control helps maintain control in turns and Audi have recently developed technology that allows their cars to park itself with no driver. Obviously, skilled drivers have been getting by without these systems for decades and the introduction of such technologies has removed a need for skill from the safety equation, but has it gone too far? Many feel as though car manufactures have taken safety technology too far and luckily for those that agree here’s some great news: Volvo chief Stefan Jacoby agree too. Speaking at the 2012 Automotive News Europe Congressed, he explained his feelings towards the complexity of modern Volvos. He actually believes there’s too much going on for most drivers to practically use or understand. According to Jacoby, about three-quarters of drivers don’t know how to use all of the systems in their Volvos. He encourages a sliming down process, but his solutions isn’t to eradicate technology completely, in fact he’s particularly keen on aesthetic products like the iPod. It’s unclear where Jacoby’s vision will ultimately take the Volvo user experience in the future. But it certainly isn’t the first time an automotive manufacture has reconsidered their development; BMW attempted to duplicate the iPod with its single-wheel iDrive System, which was met with insavoury comments from critics worldwide.