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Old 01-02-11, 04:38 PM   #26
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1. Instead of a steering wheel, it has a click wheel.
2. The windshield is a touchscreen that amplifies the glare factor.
3. The battery is not user-replaceable and only lasts for 8 hours.
4. Its OS allows me to merge into traffic without looking.
5. It has a built-in camera so I can Skype with anyone while driving pants-free.
6. Can be cleaned with a small microfiber cloth.
7. OS can be upgraded for a small fee while I take a nap. Said upgrade will not cause any problems provided I worship the CEO of said car manufacturer without question.
8. Any driver can use it, provided he/she knows the admin's password and favorite color.
9. Requires a proprietary dongle to connect trailer lights (theft preventative).
10. It looks really cool and I will be admired for owning one of these aesthetically superb wonders.
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Once upon a time, I'm told, people drove without ABS, traction control, all wheel drive, automatic braking, perimeter sensors, GPS and all of the assorted what-have-you. Yet, somehow, they managed not to go careening over the nearest cliff in a fiery ball of flame. I wonder how they did it?

Oh! I know! They knew how to drive!

Don't get me wrong. There are certain safety advancements that I agree are good to have (e.g. Airbags). Some things, however, seem to just remove the driver one more step from the task of driving and knowing how to handle the vehicle in emergency situations. If you look at it, it seems that in the past 20 years, driving has become secondary or tertiary (or, dare I say it: Quaternary) to everything else: Eating, drinking, talking on the cell, texting, dealing with the kids, futzing with various electronic devices, grooming and looking for the next drive through. Couple that with the additional things that are being put on cars (ABS, traction control, etc..) and now we have a group of people, zooming about, piloting 4000 lb vehicles, completely out of tune with their surroundings.

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The car should be able to change skins electronically.
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Old 01-02-11, 05:59 PM   #29
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- When someone cuts you off, the car should be able to tighten the belts, lower power to the engine and downshift while transferring power accordingly to appropriate wheels while emergency swerving.

- Mirrors should be able to dim automatically when someone comes up behind you with high beams glaring.

- Headlights should be able to move up or down with the crest of a hill or turn left or right when on a twisty road in case there is something in the roadway that suddenly appears.









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Old 01-02-11, 06:08 PM   #30
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Old 01-02-11, 06:21 PM   #31
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Breathalyzer-style IQ Interlock device as factory standard equipment. Car simply won't start if you're a dumbass.

RF shielding cage tied into the passenger airbag/seatbelt pressure sensor. Shielding turns on when vehicle is in motion if no passenger is present. No passengers == no cell signal while car is moving.
That could cause issues with things like the traffic updates fed into GPS units. Mine uses a cellphone signal to download traffic data. The handy thing with that is that my cellphone is in a cradle on the windscreen so even if I wanted to make a call I couldn't.

It would probably be easy to circumvent, just stick a sack of cement power or something on the passenger seat.

I'd very much like a car that drove itself. I'm quite capable of driving it, but there are times I need to be somewhere and just can't be bothered. Cruise control on steroids, if you like.
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Old 01-02-11, 07:47 PM   #32
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I want a device that detects the impact of another car's door to my parked car, measures and analyzes the damage to my car and delivers identical damage to the offending car.
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Old 01-02-11, 08:18 PM   #33
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What would I like to see on new cars... and retrofitted to older ones.

Built in speed controls that respond to local emitters... so that if the posted / broadcasted speed limit is 30 kmh then your car will only do 30 kmh.

Would like to see our residential, non school , limits reduced to 40kmh and it would be so nice if cars just followed the speed limit no matter what their drivers did.

This might even be of benefit on freeways as when the weather turns ugly the broad casted limit could be reduced and in the case of construction and accidents cars approaching the scene would automatically be slowed down.

I think this would save fuel and reduce the need for traffic enforcement save for scofflaws that would bypass the automatic controls.
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Old 01-02-11, 09:28 PM   #34
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This car pretty much had it all.



However, I would also like an automatic tire-deflator. Somebody ticks me off, I can send an invisible beam which will cause one of their tires to go flat. Not so quickly that they lose control and cause a crash, but so that they have to stop and take care of it before they get where they're going. If they really tick me off, I'd like to be able to flatten two tires. Oh, and they should find their AAA membership has inexplicably been canceled.
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In the future, cars will come with a computer and a dog. The computer will drive the car, and the dog will bite the passengers who try to mess with the computer. The passengers will feed the dog.

(with apologies to whoever first said this about airplanes)
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Old 01-03-11, 09:35 AM   #36
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5. It has a built-in camera so I can Skype with anyone while driving pants-free.
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Old 01-03-11, 10:23 AM   #37
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Breathalyzer-style IQ Interlock device as factory standard equipment. Car simply won't start if you're a dumbass.
Apparently they already have these developed in the form of steering wheel sensors, so it's completely passive. No reason not to make them standard.

I would like to see a tab on the bottom of all cars to hold them into slots in the center of all lanes. Once the infrastructure's in place, can transmit speed controls too. Probably speed most rush hours up at least 50% at that point.
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[QUOTE=Connell;12017780]This car pretty much had it all.



How was James Bond ever able to fight Dr No without automatic running lights?
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Old 01-03-11, 12:23 PM   #39
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Heh, cars have too much crap already. The base model of the new Aura we just bought already has more crap than her loaded old Town Car did. :-| Just more crap to break. I sound like my mother all of a sudden!
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Old 01-03-11, 12:27 PM   #40
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One factor to all the toys & gimmicks installed on cars that rarely gets mentioned:

How do these items age? How repairable are they? My Saturn's keyfob system stopped working. Left me stuck in a parking lot in the rain waiting for the car to decide to let me use the key. Better than my wife's SAAB, which if locked by the fob would not let the car be unlocked or started any other way.

My buddy's 300ZX Turbo had the electronic dashboard back in the '80s. When the system failed, no instruments functioned. He couldn't tell that his engine was overheating on a desert trip. Repair cost for the dash was about 30% of the cars value. Blew the head gasket, ended up torching the car for insurance money.

My old '65 Ford F-250 could be fixed and maintained in the driveway with simple tools. It could be owned & driven by a normal person for decades.

I'm not advocating a return to points style ignition system & carburetion. The lack of maintenance required by newer cars is very nice for an old guy like me who remembers the bad old days.
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Oh, I agree with FM. While I love having two cars now that require almost no maintenance (just oil changes and a few simple things at 100k), I hate knowing that some day I will try to move the heat from the floor to defrost and the electronic flapper thingie in the dash will decide to take a nap instead.

Or that my keyfob will unlock the doors and trunk but will not lock them with no other way to lock the car because it has "lock-out prevention"...wait, this is happening to me now. Grrr!

Or that my mirror will dim itself but it takes two miles for it to make up its mind, blinding me in the process for those 10,000 feet!

Can't complain about the power windows, though, as I have never had a power window motor go bad yet I have had many crank windows break.
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Cars these days are incredibly good. Really. And passive safety features have made them as safe for the driver and passengers as possible. Convenience in most aspects is off the charts. Performance and fuel economy default values are higher than the racing and experimental cars of thirty years ago.

We just need a better driver.
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OK, the tech advances in performance and safety are there; no need to go back to 1948 for that, but....

KISS.

TV/DVD in cars? Power windows? Power door locks? C'mon.

4 wheels, drivetrain, brakes, lights/etc., appropriate number of seats for the vehicle type, driver controls for operation, and max visibility from within. Leave all the toys out... it's car, not your friggin' family room, FFS.
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OK, the tech advances in performance and safety are there; no need to go back to 1948 for that, but....

KISS.

TV/DVD in cars? Power windows? Power door locks? C'mon.

4 wheels, drivetrain, brakes, lights/etc., appropriate number of seats for the vehicle type, driver controls for operation, and max visibility from within. Leave all the toys out... it's car, not your friggin' family room, FFS.
Every extra gimmick on your dar has to be paid for and hauled around with you. Cars have gotten stupid with unneeded crap. In my opinion, one of the worst offenders is entertainment systems. I saw a car with 3 DVD players and a mindsplitting sound system all going at once even though there was only one guy in the car. No way he was concentrating on traffic.
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Welcome to 1948. Earlier if you count aftermarket units and cars made in other countries. Or motorcycles.
I didn't have to click the link to know that it was the Tucker. You could also have them in 1967 on yet another revolutionary car.
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I don't fully advocate the new cars, but it seems that everyone else does. The cars are very good indeed for the average buyer, which is a win.
For me, even the Citroen is too complex, with its hydraulic system interconnected throughout the car. Something built along the lines and with the design philosophy of Panhard ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panhard_Dyna_Z )would be my ideal.

As for the entertainment features, I guess I'd be happier with a car that was entertaining to drive.
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My car has too much stuff in it already. I would like to have more horsepower, better fuel mileage and better tires. Also would it be too much to ask to just be able to connect my iPod to the music system?
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My car has too much stuff in it already. I would like to have more horsepower, better fuel mileage and better tires. Also would it be too much to ask to just be able to connect my iPod to the music system?
sounds like you just got the wrong car. there are countless models that have a good balance of power/mileage and ipod integration.

edit: great tires are also available.
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In my opinion, one of the worst offenders is entertainment systems. I saw a car with 3 DVD players and a mindsplitting sound system all going at once even though there was only one guy in the car. No way he was concentrating on traffic.
I haven't seen 3 DVD players but a while back somebody was advertising a mini-van with 2, "so the kids can each watch their own movies."

Why, in MY day we had ONE television for the whole family and the programming was controlled by Dad Almighty who, as he never tired of reminding us, paid for the thing.

Now get off my lawn.
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Ha, and I didn't even have to click that to know it was going to be the Citroen DS.
If I grow up, I'm going to have a Citroen DS. A black one.
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