Why Is This Button Here?

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One look and it's easy to tell what this button does, but its obviousness doesn't make it any less odd. Actually, it's not really a button; it's more of a touch-sensitive panel. In fact, it's pretty tough to find any traditional buttons in the 2014 Cadillac CTS.

For years, automakers have been moving away from real mechanical buttons and knobs toward touch-screens and flat-panel touch-sensitive controls. We're used to seeing climate knobs, audio dials and vehicle info menus increasingly controlled via touch, but Cadillac has taken the phenomenon to new levels with the 2014 CTS' glove box. And the button isn't even on the glove box.

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Cadillac describes it as an "electronically locking glove box," and the button replaces the traditional glove box latch or lever mechanism. But it isn't on the glove box. Rather, it's above it and off to the side, mixed in with the other multimedia system controls. Once you find it, it works fine.

By itself, it might seem a bit odd, but it actually fits in with the rest of the CTS' gadgets. Heck, even the new sedan's cupholder covers are motorized. But what's the point?

"The glove box button is a unique luxury feature. Is it necessary? No. But neither is the automatic cupholder cover between the front seats. It's unexpected, an expressive small touch of technology and design you don't find in other cars or brands," said Brian Corbett from Cadillac Communications.

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Are drivers getting so lazy that gizmos like these actually sell cars? Cadillac seems to think it can't hurt: The feature is already on the XTS and will also be in the 2015 Escalade and new ELR extended-range electric vehicle.

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Comments 

A. Non E. Mouse

As I open my mouth and my father's voice comes out: "One more useless item that will break before its time".

I was just bashing this button with my dad: why?
Then there's the silver bar beneath it to add more confusion. Stylistically, the center panel looks cool. But so much of it is unnecessary. If you double press the touch screen the whole panel opens up to reveal a secret compartment to stash your Flomax.

Not the touch screen but the panel.

J

Blame it on Bosch...

I like the idea of technology in cars, but a glove box touch button? I would much rather see an android type device incorporated into vehicles so most things can be done via voice command, so driver does not need to take his/her eyes off the road. One device and one control panel for all the controls in the car would be pretty cool and efficient.

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