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Gadgetology - Marketing or Useful Advance

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  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    That would be a good one for the mystery car pix fintail ;)

    Rocky
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    Sorry Rocky, I already did that one a while ago.

    The top-line FTO with the 2-liter, 200 hp MIVEC V6 is a fun ride. We could have had something close to that if Ford had given the Mercury Cougar the SVT Contour V6 instead of killing it.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Oh okay, I must of missed it. ;)

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    DETROIT — Talking cars are likely to hit the road in the near future, according to the engineers showing off hardware at the Convergence 2006 conference and exhibition here this week. This year's theme is "Convergence Reinvents the Automobile."

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=117197

    Rocky
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    "Your door... is ajar. Your door... is ajar. Your door... is ajar."
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    ROTFLMAO !!!! :D That's pretty funny pal. ;)

    Rocky
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,072
    I'm not sure what the door ajar is in response to but it reminds of me of an experience long ago.

    I had a loaner while my Buick was at the dealer for one of the rare occasions for service. The Chrysler seemed to have all sorts of things on it that were gadgets that my Buick didn't have.

    I started the car in the morning and when the audible warning quit the car gave the weather report. "There's a light fog and drizzle in some areas" for example. I wondered how the heck they managed that with all the audibles, like the windshield washer fluid was empty, a brake light was out, the gas cap door is open... there were all kinds of things I was not used to.

    It turned out the radio had cut it just at the right time for that clip of the weather report, but it sounded like another audible from the car on startup.
  • Speaking of gadgetry, do you guys know about Land Rover's new navi feature? The LR3 lets you plot out a course based on points of interests and generates a shape of the course, you can take a tour of the desert southwest in the shape of palm leaf or an eyeglass shaped tour of Miami. You can create your own shapes, I live in DC so I could create a navi course down the National Mall and have it shaped like the Washington Monument....it's another way to use navi.

    If you haven't heard of it, give it a try....it's definitely something new, I don't know of any other manufacturer doing anything like this.

    http://www.landroverusa.com/us/en/Vehicles/Extraordinary_Perspectives/extraordin- ary_perspectives.htm

    click on LR3 and then on the experience
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    Why oh why would you need AUTO PARKING? The only people I can see this being useful for are the (I know I will get bashed for this) extremely old that can't turn their boats around in an open field.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    The more gadgets the better. I wished I had a car to park itself ;)

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Cool Car Tech at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=119227?tid=edmunds.il.ho- - me.photopanel..3.*#15

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    WARREN, Mich. — It's the kind of stuff you'd envision on the Starship "Enterprise." General Motors on Wednesday showed off smart materials technology at its Research and Development Center here that it says will be installed on new cars and trucks by 2010.

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=119914

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Vehicles Perform Like Human Drivers

    The Department of Defense is sponsoring development of unmanned vehicles. These vehicles are being tested on an urban test course and battlefield supply missions.

    http://gmtv.feedroom.com/

    GM, has the technology-grin :blush:

    Rocky
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    Headlight washers, on the Buick (China) Park Avenue:

    image
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,561
    New for Buick?

    I know MB has had them optional (wiper blade style) since about 1970, very common since 1986, and has had the pop-out pod like that since the W210 E-class in 1996. I don't trust those pods, to be honest...seems like something that would stop working. I've never tried the one on my car...I'm afraid it will make a mess and then not retract :blush:
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Fintail, your being ridiculous pal. I think those are trademarks of a Mercedes. ;)

    Rocky
  • msindallasmsindallas Posts: 190
    #2 - Rear Camera's - I understand with the backing the SUV / Truck's up it helps to see, But unless it has the fancy slide clean ability like the NASCAR in-car camera's have I can see (or not see) during the winter months when you get all the salt / slush on the back of your car they won't make a difference. File this under the "Nice, but do we need it?" category.

    Read on the news today how many kids get backed over every year - by their parents/relatives, due to poor visibility while backing a minivan/SUV.

    Usually, a rearview camera system is bundled with other gadgets like navigation and DVD players, not really related to safety. So most people choose not to buy it, until after an accident.

    My question: Shouldn't the backup camera be offered as a standard safety equipment? Do we need a few more kids to die on the driveways before making it mandatory like the LATCH and car seat?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,072
    > how many kids get backed over every year

    Like odie61 said, why mandate cameras that require a screen inside (are you assuming everyone has to have NAVI?).

    This is excusing oldfashioned job of making sure you know where all the kids are before you start your car and checking behind your car just before you get in to go back up. That's easy. Many of the accidents are caused because people don't do basic safety checks of location of everyone around and of objects beiind the car. Then when it happens it makes them feel better to say "The government should have mandated cameras or sound or infrared sensors to prevent me from backing over someone I should have checked for before I got in the car."
  • msindallasmsindallas Posts: 190
    Like odie61 said, why mandate cameras that require a screen inside (are you assuming everyone has to have NAVI?).

    No, I didnt mean to say everyone has to have NAVI. What I want is a back-up camera with a screen (or display on mirror) and nothing else bundled with it.

    If you are backing up without being able to see whats behind, no way you can know if a child has walked into the spot after you hop in the car. The camera should be treated as a safety system, not luxury.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,150
    Question of the Week - Should Technology Save Us?

    "Each year, dozens of children in the US die because of a regrettable, preventable error - being left in a vehicle by a distracted parent or caretaker." The Child Minder® System

    image

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  • john500john500 Posts: 409
    I agree with imidazol. You are looking for a technological scapegoat. I can't wait to see the nonsense litigation that follows the first accident resulting from a computer driven automobile malfunction. My take: Get a convex mirror installed on the back of your vehicle and insist that the vehicle is designed with a minimum of blind spots. Observing for kids on the street is your responsibility prior to getting in the car.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Steve, that looks like a very nice piece of gadgetology. I wished all car seats came standard with this gadgetology. ;)

    -Rocky
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,150
    edited April 2012
    Remember this discussion? What a difference five years makes.

    "When was the last time you bought a new car or truck? If shoulder pads were fashionable, you're in for a surprise when you walk into a new car showroom. Even if it's been only five years since your new set of wheels, you'd be amazed at the technology missing in your car."

    Hands-free text messaging
    Rear-seat iPad docking
    Wireless induction charger for your electric car
    Ambient night lighting
    Automatic start-stop (I want that)
    Capacitive switching (not sure about that - hard to beat a dial)
    Cross-traffic detection (yeah, maybe)
    Crosswind stabilization
    Customized instrument cluster (sure, and let the background match my desktop)
    Front center side airbags
    Panoramic sunroofs (be great up here in the UP; not so sure about down in NM)
    Push-button transmission

    New vehicles come fully loaded with technology (Detroit News)

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  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    you forgot the "Self Parking". ;)

    Odie
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,150
    Funny - had dinner tonight with a guy who suggested that for my mother-in-law.

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,150
    "There's nothing as old as last year's gadgets."

    Quote courtesy of Mr. Shiftright, in a thread about Ford My Touch over in Answers.

    I want my MP3, and stuff like the Garmin navigation system is a big part of my driving experience.

    Do you want to just drive your car and don't care about the radio or power windows or power seats, OnStar or autosensing wipers, traction control and all the rest?

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  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,239
    I pretty much just want to drive the vehicle, although a radio that is loud enough to override questionable noises I don't want to deal with is good to ;)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,531
    I was thinking more of things like e-mail and frivolous voice commands...."RADIO ON!" ----wow, I really needed $500 worth of tech to help me push a button....and coupling smartphones to dash displays. If Vladimir Putin, the Pope and President Obama don't need this stuff, why do you?

    Remember digital dashboards, the first iDrive, and in-dash phonographs and 4-wheel steering. Remember electric cars? :P

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