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  • 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.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    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

  • 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. ;)

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    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)
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    you forgot the "Self Parking". ;)

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    Funny - had dinner tonight with a guy who suggested that for my mother-in-law.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    "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?
  • ray80ray80 Posts: 1,185
    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 ;)
  • 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
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    While its rivals plunged ahead with advanced controls and abandoned trusty knobs and buttons, Chrysler has moved more slowly with its simpler Uconnect system.

    "We've definitely seen a shift in terms of what breaks," said Jake Fisher, the director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center. He picked up his iPhone from a conference room table: "Now, it's this as opposed to transmissions and engines.

    Chrysler, which introduced its Uconnect system in 2003, has been relatively quiet in marketing its technology compared with GM and Ford. The automaker has introduced updated versions of its touch screens into new models as they debut rather than blanketing its whole lineup with its latest up-to-date system."

    Chrysler dodges touch screen woes by letting Ford blunder (Detroit News)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    A reporter is looking for any drivers out there who can discuss the creative ways they've tried to keep their car clutter-free. There are so many gadgets, toys for kids, stuff for pets and other goods carried along in vehicles today, and he'd like to know how you manage or organize all these things inside your car. If you think you have helpful tips or ideas, please let us know at by Monday December 24th.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    Funny about your original post... I saw a vehicle today with the pushbutton tranmission. No crosswind detection yet though, but after Sandy... I bet its in the works... lol.

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    I saw a vehicle today with the pushbutton tranmission

    "And now, just a few months after the CUE system made its debut, we have two high-volume cars from Ford—the Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ—with consolidated touch-screen/capacitive switch panels. The MKZ panel, in particular, recommends itself as a sweeping banked console that flows between the front seats. The gear selector comprises a vertical row of P-R-N-D-S touch-screen buttons on the left of the central LCD touch screen (shades of the '64 Plymouth Valiant)."

    There was a push button Valiant in my family growing up. :D

    Rest of the article is a good summary of where the cockpit is headed in the next couple of years. Goodbye rotary dials.

    Dash Away, Lexus! Seriously, Throw the Dash Away (Wall St. Journal)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    I just hate the shape of that upper center stack area. It's pseudo-artsy, kind of pretentious, good for the target buyer probably.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    Interesting note in the article about how the "prime" square foot in the center stack is pretty much the battleground for the automakers now.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    It's where the excitement is, as not as many know or care about what is under the hood.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    "Individual driverless cars come with important opportunities for increased efficiency. Groups of driverless cars likewise have the potential for even greater collective efficiencies, for example through shared reduced drag. And driverless vehicles seamlessly connected to smart infrastructure offer even greater promise still.

    Autonomous cars and a smart parking system could allocate parking spaces to the nearest vehicles in need of a spot, and vehicles could navigate to those spots directly and quickly, reducing the fuel consumption, emissions, and time associated with searching for a spot.

    One giant elephant in the driverless car room is vehicle miles traveled (VMT). It’s tempting to believe that driverless cars will reduce VMTs through various efficiencies, but the opposite could also happen. In a highly autonomous vehicle future, we may do far more with our cars than we currently can."

    Will Driverless Cars Decrease Fossil Fuel Consumption? (National Geographic)

    I like the idea of your car dropping you off at work and then going to a parking garage six blocks away where there's space available on the 8th floor.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    edited February 2013
    "General Motors Co. is expected to announce today a partnership with AT&T that will bring embedded 4G LTE mobile Internet access into most 2015 GM vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada.

    The Detroit automaker said the rollout, which first will be available to consumers in mid-2014 as they buy 2015 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles, signifies the largest implementation of 4G LTE in vehicles to date."

    GM, AT&T team to give vehicles high-speed Internet access by '15 (Detroit News)

    BMW, Audi and Chrysler have made similar announcements in recent months.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    edited April 2013
    "Toyota reached an agreement with Microsoft in April 2011, to work together on telematics, or network technology for cars.

    It is unclear whether the site will really lead to car sales, but Toyota will be able to tap into data on consumer behavior, as well as try to revive Japanese people's fading interest in cars, he said."

    Toyota, Microsoft beef up Net service (Anchorage Daily News)
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