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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: 17,715
    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.

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  • 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: 32,923
    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: 17,715
    > 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."

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