The Los Angeles Times notes that 43 percent of people surveyed don't use their cars' voice recognition to call up things like GPS directions. Thirty-five percent never tried automatic parking, 32 percent avoided apps like Yelp, and 20 percent didn't even use half of the tech features in their cars. (The survey asked about 33 tech features that seemed to be available in all respondents’ cars.)
So what features do they use? Believe it or not, people tend to use features directly related to driving, rather than entertainment features; things like rear-view cameras, blind-spot detectors, cruise control, and maintenance diagnostics all get heavy use. What a surprise!
My phone synchs automatically for hands-free calling, but I never use it. I simply don't use the phone when I'm driving - that's what voice-mail is for. Ditto when it comes to texting; they'll keep. But I like those rear-view cameras.