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2013-05-05 10:04:48 PM  
4 votes:
FTFA: "I have grandchildren that have only grown up in a world with smartphones," Akerson, a former telecommunications executive, said on a conference call on Thursday to discuss GM's quarterly results.

I've grown up in a world with indoor plumbing, but I don't want a toilet in my car.

Dear Car Makers: Stop trying to turn cars into smartphones. I don't need or want a touch screen in my car. I want controls with actual knobs and buttons that I can use without having to divert my attention away from the road. By leaving off the touch screens and other distracting nonsense, you should be able to save enough on manufacturing costs to pass that savings onto your consumers. Cars already cost too much, and you keep adding unnecessary crap to them to justify raising the prices. That's why I keep maintaining my already-paid-off 1998 car.
2013-05-05 11:20:27 PM  
2 votes:
Drive, assholes.

This is not phone time.
This is not text time.
This is not browse time.

Drive your car. The Internet will still be there when you manage to pull your fat ass out of the car.
2013-05-05 10:24:47 PM  
2 votes:

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: "I have grandchildren that have only grown up in a world with smartphones," Akerson, a former telecommunications executive, said on a conference call on Thursday to discuss GM's quarterly results.

I've grown up in a world with indoor plumbing, but I don't want a toilet in my car.

Dear Car Makers: Stop trying to turn cars into smartphones. I don't need or want a touch screen in my car. I want controls with actual knobs and buttons that I can use without having to divert my attention away from the road. By leaving off the touch screens and other distracting nonsense, you should be able to save enough on manufacturing costs to pass that savings onto your consumers. Cars already cost too much, and you keep adding unnecessary crap to them to justify raising the prices. That's why I keep maintaining my already-paid-off 1998 car.


I've ridden a motorcycle virtually every day of my life for nearly 15 years (commuter in the South so it's never particularly cold). Now, people back then were just as dumb as they are now, but there were limited ways you could be distracted while driving. Cell phones were definitely gaining in popularity but still weren't ubiquitous, and all you could do was talk on them. The most dangerous distractions were probably oral sex and trying to eat Taco Bell.

These days the average threats to my life seem to have tripled. When approaching a car from the rear I have to hang back and look for signs that the asshole is punching an LCD screen or scrolling a phone. Only then do I dare overtake the driver. Sadly, my bike isn't tall enough to see into all SUVs, so with them I just pass in my lane and hope they don't suddenly veer left and run me into an electrical pole.

Yes, I know that bikes are dangerous and I presume someone will tell me to STFU and drive a Hummer if I'm that concerned about not dying. But bikes are legal, and as long as they are I have as much right to the road as all you distracted people who can't be arsed to even cast a glance over your shoulder before violently changing lanes. With every addition made to cars, we lose our ability to just drive the farking things.

I'd be totally cool with tech in a car if people could be trusted to pull over when using it. But we can't. We all think we're the exception to careless driving right up to the point where we're texting and run over an old man crossing the street. I don't have the stats off-hand but my guess is that 95% of people claim to be safe drivers without realizing they're dragging a body pinned to the undercarriage.
2013-05-06 01:19:52 PM  
1 votes:

Muta: Fark Me To Tears: Stop trying to turn cars into smartphones. I don't need or want a touch screen in my car. I want controls with actual knobs and buttons that I can use without having to divert my attention away from the road. By leaving off the touch screens and other distracting nonsense, you should be able to save enough on manufacturing costs to pass that savings onto your consumers.

I agree 100% but in defense of auto companies...

If they don't include these electronic bells and whistles then their new vehicle that they just spent 3 years and $200,000,000 developing will get panned in the auto press.  Consumer Reports, JD Powers and others will ignore the new 500,000 mile maintenance free transmission and write that the vehicle comes with yesterday's technology.  You can't risk that if you're a marketer for an autocompany.


I don't know about anyone else, but Consumer Reports has been pretty vocal in its opposition to touchscreen interfaces on automobiles, for the same reasons described by others in this thread.
2013-05-06 07:23:52 AM  
1 votes:
The future is cars that drive themselves and scream ads at you every second.

I already avoid Shell stations because I go there to PUMP GAS, not listen to shiatty commercials.
2013-05-06 04:43:22 AM  
1 votes:

No Line For Beer: "Your wipers will begin following this brief advertisement."


Outstanding!
Simply out-fu*ckin'-standing!
You're Total Farked for 30 days.
Venture forth and make more witty postings.
2013-05-06 12:22:59 AM  
1 votes:
I'll take this opportunity to say that lime-flavored tortilla chips are some nasty ass shiat.
2013-05-06 12:06:56 AM  
1 votes:

insano: How about car companies design a decent car that costs under $10,000 new, for those who don't want to take a chance on a used car but also don't want to drop half a year's salary.


There's no long term market potential in making a cheap reliable car. If they can't get you in the showroom, they have to get you in the parts and repair arena, or they've had it.
2013-05-06 12:03:26 AM  
1 votes:

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: I'd love to see a car company advertise a car with minimal electronic gadgets.  Something with the bare minimum of necessary moving parts.


Ariel atom, a pov pack version would be perfect
2013-05-06 12:02:25 AM  
1 votes:

moothemagiccow: I'm fine as long as the passenger window popup ad obscures the image of the driver in the adjacent lane masturbating furiously.


Unfortunately, my passenger window popup ad is of a driver masturbating furiously. Oh, wait, he seems happy now.
2013-05-06 12:00:27 AM  
1 votes:

No Line For Beer: "Your wipers will begin following this brief advertisement."



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2013-05-05 11:30:03 PM  
1 votes:
"Your wipers will begin following this brief advertisement."
2013-05-05 11:28:49 PM  
1 votes:
I'd love to see a car company advertise a car with minimal electronic gadgets.  Something with the bare minimum of necessary moving parts.
2013-05-05 11:02:05 PM  
1 votes:
Can I turn it off?

If I can't drive without being advertised to -- you can go fark yourself.
2013-05-05 09:15:05 PM  
1 votes:
I'm fine as long as the passenger window popup ad obscures the image of the driver in the adjacent lane masturbating furiously.
 
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