The final major evolution to date? Air conditioning.
When Dodge unveiled the "Chill Zone" in 2006, it seemed... odd. The premise was that it could hold soft drinks and keep them reasonably cool -- and while the car is on, sure, the cans stay chilled. Turn it off, and so goes the refrigeration. In the summer that meant a lot of exploded cans. Whoops.
Today, some cars have an audio-in jack, or even a USB port, but other than that, it's still largely... a glove compartment. Some cars have multiple, most still have one, but nearly every glove compartment today has one thing in common: it will probably never store a glove.
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Aaron Miller is the Cars editor for Thrillist, and can be found on Twitter. He keeps his owner's manual in the glove compartment, and his gloves in a much smaller, glove-sized compartment closer to the steering wheel.