To the Editor:
Keith Crain's Aug. 23 column, "Let's step back, rethink technology," talked about the switch from 6-volt to 12-volt batteries in the 1950s and the universal adoption of a one-size cigarette lighter as the standard power outlet.
I've never quite understood how standards are set. One unstandardized in-car convenience is the lowly cupholder. Every interior designer seems to have his or her own idea of how it should be designed. As a result, almost every vehicle has a different size and type.
That drives beverage container designers crazy. They would love it if there were only one or two cupholder sizes. They could design their containers to fit perfectly.
C'mon, guys, use your skills on something more productive than designing cupholders. It's a win-win situation. Costs will go down, and customer satisfaction will go up.