Can I have a Flat, Horizontal Surface, Please?

by Dwayne Phillips

The flat, horizontal surface is a natural. Home architects know their value. The designers of automobile interiors, however, seem to be living on another planet.

In automobiles, the dash (the area above the displays) is curved and sloped. Flat surfaces don’t exist.

So where do I set something that I want to stay put for a moment? The phone slides off. The tablet and laptop slides off. Pencils slide off. Books slide off. (Need I go on with the list?)

Coffee cup? Let’s not even mention that one. There are the cup holders, but they are in the most inconvenient place possible and only work if your cup is the same size as the hole they gave you.

Please, please give me a flat surface with a lip around the edges so that spills stay put and pencils don’t roll off.

Does this require some sort of genius?

In the age of work from anywhere but the office building, this seems like a natural. Does Weather Tech have to make a mat that sits on the curbed dash, levels it out into a flat, horizontal surface with a lip to contain spills and rolling objects?

Hey Weather Tech, here’s a million dollar idea!!!


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Dwayne Phillips

Engineer, computing, consulting, writing, teaching, and a few other things in an effort to make us all better and smarter.