Originally Posted by codprawn
What is wrong with a simple mechanical lever?
Funnily enough, what's wrong is that it's not what the customer
wants as a priority in that part of a car.
Vehicle manufacturers spend a lot of time and effort surveying and understanding what customers need and want. When it comes to interior packaging, customers state that they want convenient places for phones, money, drinks, wallets...and what they don't want is to compromise stowage space for stuff like handbrake levers, gear levers and the like. Take at look at the Disco 3 and 4...no handbrake lever...or the Jaguar XF/XK/XJ which has neither handbrake nor gear selector levers.
The world moves on and finds different ways of doing things. It's why we don't all still ride around with the horse and cart.
I'll get my coat.