NEW CAR GADGETS -- now this one left me bemused

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    Jan 17, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    In my youth, the most common way to control a car's interior temperature was with some kind of dashboard lever attached to a cable. It was your own muscle power that moved all the parts. Later we got power-assisted switches, and automatic temperature control, but this one made me smile:

    Your car's interior temperature controlled by GPS satellites in space! Yes, the automatic climate control is linked to the onboard GPS system, so it constantly knows from what direction the sun is shining as you drive, to adjust the temperature in different parts of the interior accordingly.

    Car sensors also monitor the sun's intensity, and if it should become blocked by clouds, trees or buildings and such, plus of course when night falls. The car, BTW, is the 2010 Acura RL, not the most luxurious or expensive car by any means, but the Japanese auto makers love these gadgets.

    Not an Earth-shattering advancement in automobiles, but it just left me shaking my head, and wondering what's next?

    Acura RL
    (Click on GPS-Linked Temperature Control)
  • Sparkycat

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    Jan 17, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    Next maybe using GPS so the car can drive itself.
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    Jan 17, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    Another step closer to Skynet. icon_lol.gif
  • Fusion98102

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    Jan 17, 2010 9:17 PM GMT
    If you drive a Ford you can "tweet" while driving... safely. LOL

    http://www.wibw.com/nationalnews/headlines/81142627.html
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    Jan 17, 2010 10:58 PM GMT

    Acura = awesome.
  • DCEric

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    Jan 17, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    Sparkycat saidNext maybe using GPS so the car can drive itself.


    It is in development. Really.
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    Jan 17, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    I have to say I think that's a hoot. BUT, I'm sure its not one of the gadgets that will stick around. Still, kinda fun!
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    Jan 17, 2010 11:44 PM GMT
    bemused -
    1. bewildered or confused.
    2. lost in thought; preoccupied.

    ...maybe, "amused"? ... just saying
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    Jan 17, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    Automatic climate controls, typical on new cars, allow you to set the desired interior temperature which will be maintained regardless of the sun's angle, nightfall, clouds, etc.
    Some even have dual settings to allow variations between the driver and front seat passenger.

    A GPS system sounds, if I may be country boy crude, as useful as tits on a boar hog.

    Reminds me of the automatic headlight dimming feature on my grandpa's 1980-something Caddy. Can't tell you how many times that thing saved him from having to flick his finger on a lever.
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    Jan 18, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    Caslon12000 said bemused -
    1. bewildered or confused.
    2. lost in thought; preoccupied.

    ...maybe, "amused"? ... just saying

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    Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

    bemuse
    Function: transitive verb
    3 : to cause to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement
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    Jan 18, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    Caslon12000 said bemused -
    1. bewildered or confused.
    2. lost in thought; preoccupied.

    ...maybe, "amused"? ... just saying

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    Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

    bemuse
    Function: transitive verb
    3 : to cause to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement

    well, that's why the word isnt used...nobody can tell which one means ... icon_lol.gif ...Glad we got that all straightened out.
  • jrs1

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    Jan 18, 2010 12:54 AM GMT

    Vespa ... or this:

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    Dec 28, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    Here's a rundown of new car gadgets that some call high-tech, but I call them WHY-tech (as in what's the point).....

    Self-parking systems (Ford, BMW, toyota).
    I know some people have trouble parralel parking, but it seems like a waste because it takes what seems like forever to plot and then slowly park, while traffic waits.

    Adaptive cruise control (BMW, benz)
    Are buyers of $100k german sedans so lazy that they want the car to come to complete stop and speed up BY ITSELF? I would never trust this.

    Lane departure prevention (infiniti)
    Havent tried this yet, but I read that it will actually steer you back into your lane if you start to wander across the lines.

    Active gas pedal (infiniti)
    Havent tried this either, but the accelerator in the new m will "push back" against your foot, supposedly to help teach you how to drive softly so as to maximize fuel economy.

    Attention assist (benz, lexus,Saab)
    Monitors a driver's eyes and changes in driving patterns, and if he appears sleepy or seems to be losing focus, it sounds an alarm and shows a cup of coffee on the dash to warn him he's "too tired" to drive safely.

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    Dec 28, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    There is, of course, the famous Wheelmate Laptop Steering Wheel Desk

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    http://www.amazon.com/Wheelmate-Laptop-Steering-Wheel-Desk/dp/B000IZGIA8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1293497290&sr=8-3
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    Dec 28, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    Even the cable-lever was lost on my Dad. The heater was ON or OFF.
    ALL THE F&*$(N WAY.
    Anything in between was for faggots.
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    Dec 28, 2010 4:02 AM GMT
    The option I never understood back on the 70' 80's Cadillacs was the power trunk closer..It didn't even close itself from fully open. You just lowered the lid and it closed itself from a few inches away. What was the point when you're already closing the trunk 95% of the way by hand.
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    Dec 28, 2010 4:14 AM GMT
    ^^^BMW and benz have that feature too, on doors and the trunk. The trunk will at least fully open and close, the doors you close, then they latch and lock automatically.
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    Dec 28, 2010 4:20 AM GMT
    Ive had cars with all the technical wizardry they could throw at them. I am much happier with my simple jeeps.
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    Dec 28, 2010 4:22 AM GMT
    I'm not one for a lot of gadgetry on cars. So long as it has a/c , cruise, and power windows I'm good to go. Course those are pretty much standard equip now. My little Mazda 3 has auto headlights and auto wipers , they are kinda neat and work well.
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    Dec 28, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
    ugh another sensor that will eventually need replacing =(
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    Dec 28, 2010 4:40 AM GMT
    That's stupid. The luxury cars are always trying to beat each other to be the first to have a feature that the other doesn't, even if it's totally unnecessary. I typically like Acuras but honestly, that's a dumb ass feature.
  • Webster666

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    Dec 28, 2010 5:23 AM GMT
    I have a car for comfortable, reasonably attractive transportation.
    I've always bought cars with a minimum of gadgets.
    My car doesn't even have a radio.
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    Dec 28, 2010 5:25 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidI have a car for comfortable, reasonably attractive transportation.
    I've always bought cars with a minimum of gadgets.
    My car doesn't even have a radio.


    Yugo guy!
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    Dec 28, 2010 5:42 AM GMT
    Sometimes , i think it is too much ,as we become totally assisted and lazy ...
    Honestly ... Is it that hard to rotate a dial for A/C or Heat , and another one for the fan speed .....?
    Is it too difficult to roll up a window with a crank ?........and i can go on and on ...............icon_smile.gif

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    Dec 28, 2010 5:46 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidI have a car for comfortable, reasonably attractive transportation.
    I've always bought cars with a minimum of gadgets.
    My car doesn't even have a radio.



    My kind of car ....icon_smile.gif