PDQ Mobile wrote:If that is directed towards me, then I reckon it's a tad unfair.
It was more of a general observation, not just of you but of folk I know that I went to school with and others on this forum (and other forums too).
There's a general retreat from the world as we age, I know I do it - just not as fast as others.
PDQ Mobile wrote:I have merely pointed out that not all modern gizmos are worth their installing.
This obsession with the latest is ok if it turns you on but there is something still to be said for keeping measure in the area of practicality.
I agree, but your observations aren't in line with mine - but then I use "modern technology" all the time whereas it sounds as if you merely poke at a switch from time to time and proclaim it "unfit for purpose".
PDQ Mobile wrote:So why have a vehicle based speed sign recognizing system, that doesn't work?
It's camera based. You can say ah well it's cheap, ah well its only one, not seven, but the fact is it doesn't work. So its crap.
The speed detection on my car IS crap, I don't deny it.
However you then used that fact to suggest it's crap on every other car and that simply isn't the case.
You can't take a single example and extrapolate it to suit your argument.
As I've also said though the single camera does a sterling job of lane keeping and various other functions so it's not all bad.
PDQ Mobile wrote:Rain activated wipers, I just can't see the point. Another sensor to fail. Hopefully there's a manual override but if so then why not just switch the blooming things on?
A simple three setting switch, intermittent, normal and fast, I find totally adequate.
Some folk don't. I use them because they work well enough. I particularly like that when rain is intermittent I'm not forever manually poking at the switch.
And yes, there is a manual override.
(Same with the automatic headlights, I find they work well enough to not bother overriding them - with the exception of cyclists who can't be bothered fitting lights or pedestrians for whom I will override them).
PDQ Mobile wrote:This Tesla with its seven cameras, how does it manage to keep them all clean in foul road conditions?
If they are dirty function is surely compromised?
We can be pretty sure they've thought of that...
Turns out there are eight, four are mounted behind the windscreen so presumably get cleaned with that, 2 are mounted at the back and two rear facing ones on the sides.
There are also multiple radar units and 12 ultrasonic sensors.
If the cameras are blocked then the automation is turned off - even my cheap car does that.
360 degree vision, radar and all round close up object detection. How many eyes do people have again?
PDQ Mobile wrote:I cannot see how automatic vehicle distancing will ever work.
As one gets closer to another they move away, but it can't cos there's another already close on the other side. A warning buzzer then sounds? and brakes are applied?
And the ripple goes back though the traffic stretching all along the automated motorway to hell.
So the mistake you made there right at the start: "As one gets closer to another".
That doesn't happen.
Instead of thinking of it that way imagine instead they're all fixed together with tow bars. Easy to see how that would work right?
Now swap the towbars for synchronous acceleration and deceleration and you should be able to see that they all stay exactly the same distance away.
Ever watched in wonderment at modern factories where everything "dances" in perfect synchronicity? Same thing, same principles.
PDQ Mobile wrote:The modern touch screen operating all those functions and all those options, noted by "pebble".
Hard to operate without looking at the thing. There has been, on here, so much condemnation of drivers using phones, rightly, but never a mention of this.
I suppose it depends what you're using it for. On my car there's nothing on there that requires my attention when driving - other than probably the sat nav.
Most of the cars functionality can be done through the steering wheel or the various sticky bits poking out of it. I can even turn the radio up/down, change channel using my thumb which like using a remote control doesn't even require me to glance down since my hands already in the right place.
Lots of cars have voice operation (in other markets even my car does). "Open sunroof" - easy peasy.
PDQ Mobile wrote:pwa's experience of the Minor is not mine.
I had a moggie pickup up until about 15 years ago.
I've been left at the lights by an old bloke on a bicycle, brakes where awful but probably the worst thing about it is every MOT something new needed welding.
It's not a car I'd be happy to crash in even at a low speed, 30mph and I reckon you'd be a gonna.
The other thing I remember about it is getting it out of the garage after the winter and invariably the clutch had rusted to the flywheel. Going up and down the road, foot on the clutch and jabbing the accelerator on and off to get it to break the 'seal' was a common theme.
It wasn't a car you could avoid servicing, hoses would just fail, brakes would seize, it needed frequent brake parts (I had a shelf full of cylinder service kits), drums would need the occasional skim to get them round again, electrics were simply appalling, lights were a joke.
I'm sort of sorry I've got rid of it now, I'd convert it to electric, put decent brakes on it, fit a new chassis and sort out all the cruddy bits.
(Only sort of, far too many projects atm most of which wont get finished before I am).
They fetch good money, I think I sold it at the time for £6k.