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why would anyone think push button start is an option worth wanting or paying for?
What a foolish novelty

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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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On Sun, 14 Mar 2010 00:08:41 GMT, "Jim Warman"

Trinkets.
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On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 22:24:50 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote Re Re: push button start:

Well said.
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Caesar Romano wrote:

Right. However, we didn't have to put up with any of this. Do we elect our representives in government? And can we vote for someone else?
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push button start:

Correct.
We do.

We can.
But "we" don't.
I do, and probably you do too and a perhaps 3% of the electorate do also; not the rest of the mindless drones that are called citizens of the U.S.
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started by the last administration. You sure can't blame the poor sucker that's in power right now for the pile of shit he stepped into when he was elected.
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snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote in wrote Re Re:

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
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On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:55:55 +0000 (UTC), Kevin

Is that better???
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If you weren't so narrow minded, you could see the idiocy in this post...
You Americans never cease to amaze the rest of us....
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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

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On Sat, 10 Apr 2010 19:06:28 GMT, "Jim Warman"

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.
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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? ;)

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On Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:42:32 -0400, "Mike Hunter"

Turning on the HLs has always worked for me. If you need to have bright front lights to see oncoming cars you surely need to have tail lights to see cars ahead of you.
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Ashton Crusher wrote:

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.
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says...

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 pushbutton start.
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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 another...
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.
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Jim Warman wrote:

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...
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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 sense ain't.....
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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