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Old 06-27-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Too much tech?

Funny that this was recently a topic of discussion on here. Now Gizmodo has an article about too much technology in vehicles.


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Old 06-27-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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I agree. I tend to be a minimalist as far as lots of things go and all the extra garbage in cars just doesn't seem necessary to me.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:17 PM   #3
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I agree. I tend to be a minimalist as far as lots of things go and all the extra garbage in cars just doesn't seem necessary to me.
I agree....as if we need all that technology to begin with lol
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:54 PM   #4
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ima have to agree as well, then again im a man of simple taste.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:03 PM   #5
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Electronics in automobiles is something that I view as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, anyone old enough to remember the 1970s or have owned a car from the '70s will tell you how awful the early attempts at emission controls were. Power was way down, engines ran like crap, were unreliable. Electronic fuel injection totally changed everything. Electronics have been a major boon when it comes to diagnostics. But, on the other hand, I do agree with the sentiment that a car driver does not need to be cradled in an "infotainment" cocoon. It's a freaking car, drive it! Does anyone remember that obnoxious Chevy commercial where the guy goes on a first date, and on the drive home is all worried and anxious looking, until his Cruze reads back her Facebook update proclaiming it the best first date ever? GAH die in a fire you douche nozzle, you can wait until you get home.
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^^ LOL that commercial was so stupid haha but yeah I agree with some technololgy just not most of what you see in some cars as.....they are just cool gadgets to play with lol and expensive to fix when they break :\
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Certain things like stability control, electronic power steering, electronic throttle, etc. are just not going to disappear due to government mandates. So we might as well get that out of the way for the argument. They might not feel as good as older mechanical systems, but admittedly they are getting more refined each new year. Although on a side note I still believe traction/stability controls should always be a defeatable option (sometimes necessary to get unstuck in winter conditions).

Conveniences like bluetooth, GPS, backup camera, satellite radio, etc. should remain optional. I can understand their importance for people who are busy and need to have an easier (and safer) way to multitask... but at the same time it should remain optional to keep costs down since not everybody needs or wants that stuff.

Stuff like digital speedometers, "mood lighting", LED "driving lights", etc. are just outright retarded and really have no useful place in cars IMO. Keep all important information on reliable analog gauges, add a secondary multi-function display for non-essential (but still helpful) measurements, and give me real functional fog lights instead of stupid LED strips.
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^ I completely agree
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I have an hour and half commute to work one way, my sync w/bluetooth keeps me from driving into a tree. thank you MS and Ford
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