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For the record, I don’t want a car like this

by on Dec.01, 2003, under General

I have to say, as a general rule, NO to having my entire car be “intelligent”. Here’s why: BMW glitch locks Thai minister in car. I mean, come on people, there’s a certain point where having your entire car wried, finding a pot of coffee, etc. for you makes it more difficult to use.

My personal view on electronics in cars:

  • Keep it to simple basic requirements, such as locks, doors, etc. NO overly complex systems which control everything.
  • Complex electronics, i.e. a radio or GPS system should be an accessory, NOT an integral part of the car
  • There should be a manual override to ALL such pieces. i.e. your keys should still be able to unlock the door (even if it requires a security code in addition). Meaning, electronic locks and stuff are good, but make sure that if the batteries all die, you still have a method to get in. Also, make sure it’s not easy to break into by cutting the power cables (i.e. a mechanical secure entry system).
  • If there are electronic components, make em cheap and easy to replace. Use standardized components. Simple system makes it one hell of a lot easier to work on things yourself. Consider any car today, and how much it costs to do work on said car. Particularly if it’s the “computer” or any other electrical component. COME ON PEOPLE. Why pay $500 or whatever for an onboard computer when the components themselves are what, $5? And there’s alternative operating systems to run on those components for free?

Ok, I’d better stop. But, these are just a few things I think should be standard. I had an ’84 F150 Ford pickup truck, all manual. Let’s just say there are times that I miss that old truck.


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