While electronics systems proliferate, there are some that should have never been invented.
You may think this screed will roil against how complex some automotive electronic systems have become. But this Website has long maintained that without modern microelectronics, processing, and sensors, the cleaner, safer, and increasingly efficient vehicles on the road today would not be possible.
But there are features that have been poorly thought out, particularly in regard to user interfaces. But the folk at Hagerty, the insurance company that protects overpriced collector cars that are worth more as investments than transportation (hey, sounds like the Dutch Bulb Bubble of a few hundred years ago), have come up with a list of the 10 most Outrageous Options ever put in a carsome of which are electrical or electronic in nature.
No. 1 (and this reflects the social acceptances of the time) is the steering-wheel mounted cigarette lighter. Today, some cars come without ashtrays to discourage the habit.
My personal favorite is No. 2, the record player that slide out from the dash in the 1956 Plymouth from where the glove compartment was normally found. (OK, I'm old enough to have had a friend who once installed a record changer in his car.)
Farther down the list are an electric razor (frightfully not all that uncommon now, but it shook me up in the '70s when a guy passed me on the Long Island Expressway buzzing his face), talking cars (you could get chips with French Canadian accents), and solenoid turn signal semaphores.
Are there any options you would add to this list?