My first experience with push button start was with a friends 06 Corvette...
Calling it a foolish novelty is one point of view, I suppose. If you don't
like it - don't buy it.
I found it ever so convenient - no fumbling with a key ring, no looking for
a key slot (sometimes these aren't intuitively placed). The only downside is
that one must hold the button depressed for a few seconds to initiate
shutdown (one of the problems facing some Toyota owners as their eyes get
really big). Personally, I like it.
Now... how do you feel about active park assist, adaptive cruise control,
blind spot detection, adaptive headlights, SYNC and some of the other new
technology making it's way into production cars...
Mere trinkets? Or useful safety and/or convenience devices?
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ha ha ha 90% you are so full of it. It happened to start for ernest
back in about 1920s in fact. The current ultra liberal or socialist is
just the most recent in a long line of anti constitution idiots for a
long time. KB
Duh! That may be your personal opinion Jim but it is the law in most US
states, dummy. Here in Pennsylvania we collect $136, every time one of
our State Troopers catch one of you Canadians traveling I-81, violating that
common sense law. LOL
As do the Canuks amaze us with their disdain for freedom and lack of
logically thinking. Why don't you tell us again about how your DRLs
would have prevented you from having an accident that you didn't have
anyway. Perhaps you should install some flashing lights on your car
so it's even more visible and convince all your neighbors to install
flashing lights on their cars too, and make them good and bright and
aim them in the eyes of oncoming traffic like half the DRLs on the
road. You might want to use an assortment of colors too, why stick
with plain white when red, blue, green, purple, yellow, orange, etc
would make your cars even more eye catching. Perhaps fluorescent
paint should be mandated up in Canukland too to make the most of what
little sunlight you folks in the dimland get.
If one thinks they need to be seen more readily in broad daylight, why not
simply turn on the headlamps?
At least if one turns on the headlamps they need not worry about running
afoul of the law, when it is time to turn on the headlamps in those states
that require headlamps at times of limited vision, and they only have the
DRLs illuminated? ;)
The taillights are for drivers behind you to see you. It is much easier
for me to see cars ahead of me at night when they have their taillights
on. I know this from experience from following vehicles or trailers with
no working taillights. The taillights provide much more light that the
light reflected from my headlights.
I have read that some manufacturers do have a 'panic' mode where it
recognizes multiple pushes within a few seconds as meaning 'turn off
immediately.' That should be a mandatory safety feature on vehicles with
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An excellent idea and one that I wouldn't have thought of... People that are
in a panic rarely use any logic (like Windows operating system - to turn off
your computer push <START>?) when they act. One down side, however, could
have the car shutting off over bumps... trading one safety feature for
Having said that. as time passes, these things are made more and more
intuitive... let's look at something as mundane as power window switches.
SYNC i would take in a minute, and commend ford for developing such a
thing. I hope this is as good, and as big as it can be for ford.
EXCELLENT. (no unfortunatly i don't have one) This should have been
around 10 years ago no question.
Active headlights, didn't the Tuckers have these back whenever it was
they were made? 40's or was that a fixed light? did the packard or
hudson also have a 3rd light on some model?
Park assist? Hardly necessary... perhaps for your wife so she doesn't
ding your new harley davidson f150.
Adaptive Cruise control, never used it, but I think i would definatly
use this option... and would grow to love it. should be standard on
next F150. My XL doesn't even have cruise!
Blind spot detection never seen it...
Anything that will allow a driver to concentrate on his driving is going to
be good... The downside is that many drivers will be trying to learn how to
use this feature when they should be concentrating on their driving. Common
Adaptive headlights don't feature a "cyclops" eye... I consider this as
being one option that shouldn't be necessary. Sadly, some people will always
drive faster than their headlights allow. In areas with a lot of big game
animals (such as my area), smart people make allowances to avoid the
eventuality. However, an animal in a ditch is unpredicatable and adaptive
headlights wont make their actions any more predictable.
Park assist? There are a lot more people that CAN'T parallel park the first
attempt than can... Fewer that can do it without trading paint in some
manner... You should road test a car with active park assist at least once.
It will scare the diddly out of you since it can eyeball you into a spot you
wouldn't believe. Downside.. it's good enough to park you in a spot you
might not be good enough to get out of....
Adaptive cruise control.... they've had problems with it in "flatlander"
areas (southern Saskatchewan and similar). If the radar sensor doesn't
"see" stuff for a while, it assumes that it isnt working properly and will
disable the system. Upside, it will keep some preoccupied or hypnotized
idiot from having an accident. But this is the kind of accident avoidance
"meddling" that so many seem dead set against...
Blind spot detection... a brain fart on my part since the actual terms would
be blind spot information system and cross traffic alert system.... The
blind spot information system being the part I like.... and the cross
traffic alert system being the part I don't... both of these being served by
basically the same sensor/module group.
None of these will replace attentive driving... None of these will replace
common sense.... any of these might help a decent driver recover from a
lapse of attention, a bad decision or a down home brain fart... None of them
will make a bad driver "good".
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