A big trend at the show was better integration with/of gadgets, especially in upscale models (BMW) or ones aimed at younger people (Scion), so dedicated iPod connectors and integrated controls were epidemic. Integrated controls are nice, especially BMW's "knob" which provides a pretty decent parallel to the scroll wheel you've fondled thousand of times, and has a nice, solid feel to it. Scion's new radio (pictured) is a touchscreen.
But here's the disturbing part:
all they give you for the iPod is the cable. No protected pocket, pouch, stand, or any way to lock down your precious iPod. It has to fend for itself, flying around inside your glove box or armrest as you tear ass around town. They built iPod compatibility into the car. How hard can it be tack on a piece of plastic or add some netting to hold it into place?
Check out two of the offenders (Scion and Mini) in the gallery. (And laugh at the copy error in the Mini's sign.)
New York Auto Show [Gizmodo]