The bell tolls for the in-car CD player
DETROIT, May 16 — CD players could become the next victim of the struggle to shed pounds from cars in the name of fuel efficiency.
In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, senior Ford designer Michael Arbaugh revealed recently that he was “looking forward to the day” when designers ditch CD players on dashboards forever.
The reason is simple — CD players weigh 2.2 kgs, even more when you factor in the CDs carried, and that’s valuable weight which has a direct impact on the fuel efficiency of modern cars.
A year or so ago, that may not have mattered so much, but in a world where high gas prices have become the norm and the environmental agenda is more prominent than ever, automakers are getting into the details to shed the pounds.
Plus, adds Arbaugh, “I think anybody under 30 is probably using all MP3 devices. They don’t buy CDs.”
That consideration is likely to accelerate automakers’ moves to remove physical media players from their cars, meaning we could witness the death of the CD drive far faster than we saw the death of the tape player.
Last year, Ford dropped multi-disk CD players from its European Ford Focus line, noting that 95 per cent of the model’s buyers chose versions with MP3 device connection and 90 per cent chose a Bluetooth wireless connection.
The Chevrolet Sonic RS also ditches an optical drive in favour of MyLink, which allows access to MP3 players and the streaming of music from sites such as Pandora.
Earlier this year, research company Stratacom predicted that around 331,000 cars will be sold without CD players in the US this year — jumping to 12.1 million by 2018. — AFP/Relaxnews