Cars Are Changing

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    Jason Fenske posted in
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    I'd certainly argue that the automotive world only continues to get better and better each year. Cars are quicker, better handling, more efficient, and technologically more advanced than they've ever been. What do you think?

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    • I'm not against change. I am just against inconsistent empty unsustainable concepts like electric vehicles. And I am against the political parties supporting such solutions without having a technical background nor proper arguments. I am against such ignorance, that is supposed to be "change".

      8 months ago
    • The main improvement I'd like to see on cars is a less distractive distractovision in the dash. In my old 2000 Nissan Frontier with 89,000 miles, that I inherited from my dad several years ago. I can reach over and turn a dial, push a button, or toggle a switch, to do almost anything I need to while driving. I know where those things are and what they do without having to look at a screen. Recently, in a newer model rental car which will go unnamed because I hated it, I had to stare at a screen to set the temp on the A/C, push two buttons with one hand to adjust the mirrors, start the car back up to roll the window back up, and so on. I love tech. My house is decorated in tech and gadgets. If they ever get voice controls to work properly in a car, I'd be thrilled. I can even see a time when I'd sit back and let the car drive. But please stop with the fiddly distractovision craze. I need to be able to drive in traffic without a co-driver to work the controls. I need controls that I can find without looking, and use without thinking. I need to be able to drive.

      9 months ago
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    • Unfortunately people seem to love all those features. It takes away from focus needed to drive. Most cars in America will have to be equipped with a backup camera by 2020 I believe which gives people a terrible sense of false security when backing up.

      9 months ago
    • Cars are getting better objectively, but the problem is that whatever improvement has occurred has caused the drivers to become even worse. You don't have to worry about falling asleep and drifting out of your lane because your car will steer you back to where you should be. You don't have to pay attention to whether the car in front of you is putting on its brakes because your car will stop itself for you. We've become a society of lazy, badge-conscious people who are more concerned with who likes us, follows us, wants to be like us, what the numbers on the sheet of paper are, what kind of status we have achieved, and what kind of status we need to achieve than anything else. We can't take responsibility for anything anymore because the car should have stopped itself from hitting the car in front of us, side-swiping the car next to us, or running that red light. We can't even figure out which pedal is the brake pedal anymore, then we get to sue the automaker for our ineptitude.

      I could rant on about this all day, but I've got deadlines to meet, so I'll just end with the chorus to one of my favorite songs: "it's a f**ked-up world".

      9 months ago
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    • I settled for a DSG in my Octavia RS, cause I got a better deal on it.

      But by god am I not getting another one of those dualclutch boxes again. Crawling in to tight parkingspots is nigh on impossible with it (because the transmission has some stupid simulated stallspeed, and the parking sensors go off as if the Luftwaffe was coming in for a bombing raid), and just a simple thing as rocking the car loose when you get stuck in the snow is impossible, because you can't shift it from reverse rapidly into forward gear. Any old car with a manual transmission would have dealt with those situations splendidly with a competent driver.

      Sure, the DSG gets you from 0-100km/h quicker (if you can live with not being able to launch it). But take it to the track, or the local twisty, and you need to handle the gear changes manually anyway.

      For all the advancements in performance, cars are not just getting better. They are getting idiot proof. And as an enthusiast; idiot proof, is not what I'm looking for in a car.

      9 months ago
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