We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I bought two new cars, from different manufacturers, in the past year. I want to shoot the screens. It's time for a revolution in car audio and electronics "It still seems like most car manufacturers think the best way to build in their electronics is by working with partners, and most of those partners know as much about how their software and services work in an automobile environment as the car manufacturers know about how to build good electronics."
I'm not sure that this is the right question to ask. It should be "why are the user interfaces for all electronics so horribly bad?"
I read a report last year that approximately 90 % of electronics returned as defective actually worked to specification. The report indicated that the problem was due to customers not being able to figure out how to make it work. I didn't find this at all surprising. What did surprise me was the report blaming the problem on, in effect, stupid customers.
Wait, what? If you can't sell your products because it's too hard to use, who is it that's stupid?
I speak from experience, having been a design manager for many years. I can't even begin to count the number of times an engineer brought a proudct to a design review that even the other engineers at the table couldn't figure out.
The classic response to criticism was along the lines that if the customer would just spend a few days of his or her life figuring it out, it would all make sense. This is wrong on so many levels that I don't know where to start.
Electronics from Asia is usually worse, there appear to be cultural factors at play.