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2013-06-21 06:11:22 PM
Wow.  I thought the idea that "Yahoo comments are full of racists and ignorant conservawannabes" was a meme. Bunch of polititools.
 
2013-06-21 07:04:50 PM
"Dual-View Front Video Display"

Yeah, I'm perfectly fine that that being illegal.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-21 07:40:04 PM
Can the "spotlight the pedestrian, blinding him" feature be upgraded to "zap jaywalkers with a high power laser"?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-21 07:44:25 PM
Quoting the Popular Mechanics story because the Yahoo version doesn't load for me:

"So, while we can warm and de-ice our cars from the comfort of our breakfast table, our European friends get to freeze their fingers scraping ice and gripping a cold steering wheel. There, laws in some countries prohibit idling an empty car in a bid to minimize carbon dioxide emissions."

In some states there is a law against idling a car for more than a few minutes. This was passed long before anybody cared about CO2.

I have heard remote starters shut down the car after a few minutes, possibly to comply with these laws.
 
2013-06-21 08:50:24 PM

ZAZ: I have heard remote starters shut down the car after a few minutes


You sound poor.

I think mine is about 10 minutes.

I'm pretty good with most of this stuff still being illegal actually.. Just drive the farking car man.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-21 09:05:34 PM
Pray 4 Mojo

I drive a stick, and park in gear, so remote starters are not really an option. Plus I don't put on a heavy winter coat every time the temperature drops below 60.
 
2013-06-21 09:11:27 PM
Dynamic headlights: good idea.
Pedestrian-blinder: could be a good idea.
Strobe brake lights: good idea.
Remote Start: Could be a good idea...I live in a warm climate, so it's not an issue for me. Heated seats and heated mirrors were enough on snowboarding trips.
All the rest: nope.
 
2013-06-21 09:29:39 PM

ZAZ: Can the "spotlight the pedestrian, blinding him" feature be upgraded to "zap jaywalkers with a high power laser"?


Something like this, then?

Sleepy Boy 2000

/the last word in auto alarm eradicators
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2013-06-21 09:31:58 PM
Good thing missile launchers, and the rear firing oil slick options were not on the list. That would have been awkward..

/Actually I just enjoy a day when I can put the top down, and crank the music up ....
//Rockin' down the highway
 
2013-06-21 10:43:13 PM
We are going to hold off on a new car for a few more years in hope that some of these features will be made available in the states.
 
2013-06-21 10:50:36 PM
This is why I can't stand bureaucrats. BADI DEA has designed some amazing cars, but we can't have them in the US because of all the features they have.

I'd love to have a Cliff Dropper.

A Planet Rover would be cool, too.

And the Wombat is one of the best family cars around!
 
2013-06-21 11:20:27 PM
TFA:...which lets the central display screen on the dashboard show navigation, infotainment, or other typical information for the driver...

oh hell no
 
2013-06-21 11:23:31 PM
Number 11: Allowing consumers to import any car they want. In Europe anyone can buy any US or Japanese car and personally import it. Americans are forbidden from importing or buying anything not specifically cleared for use in the US.
 
2013-06-21 11:23:31 PM

ZAZ: Pray 4 Mojo

I drive a stick, and park in gear, so remote starters are not really an option. Plus I don't put on a heavy winter coat every time the temperature drops below 60.


I have recently discovered that home builders attach a special structure to some houses for the purpose of parking your car in it.  Can you imagine?!  Parking your car INSIDE!!!  It's crazy, but it might make those fancy auto start thingies irrelevant.
 
2013-06-21 11:25:55 PM

Aarontology: "Dual-View Front Video Display"

Yeah, I'm perfectly fine that that being illegal.


Why? The driver can't see the image that the passenger can, only the sat nav. Range Rovers have had them for a few years.
 
2013-06-21 11:29:53 PM

ZAZ: Quoting the Popular Mechanics story because the Yahoo version doesn't load for me:

"So, while we can warm and de-ice our cars from the comfort of our breakfast table, our European friends get to freeze their fingers scraping ice and gripping a cold steering wheel. There, laws in some countries prohibit idling an empty car in a bid to minimize carbon dioxide emissions."

In some states there is a law against idling a car for more than a few minutes. This was passed long before anybody cared about CO2.

I have heard remote starters shut down the car after a few minutes, possibly to comply with these laws.


I know my F150's factory remote start is adjustable in duration as well as presets, i.e. I can set the temp and some other options automatically like seat heaters as well. It detects ambient temps and turns on the heat or A/C as needed.  A godsend it is.
 
2013-06-21 11:31:05 PM
We should ban the remote start.
There is no reason a responsible person should have their car idling.
 
2013-06-21 11:31:16 PM
Rear-View Mirror Cams

All I want to say, after driving a shiatload of rental cars, is that some designers are just dumb as fark because a lot of vehicles have such low rear visibility.
 
2013-06-21 11:33:21 PM

jaytkay: TFA:...which lets the central display screen on the dashboard show navigation, infotainment, or other typical information for the driver...

oh hell no


Infotainment usually means shiat like music controls, or the radio. You know, things they are already allowed to have. All the proposed system would do would be to allow a passenger to see things that the driver should not, like video, while the diver uses the display in a way that they already would, such as GPS, or seeing what song is playing
 
2013-06-21 11:33:25 PM

ZAZ: In some states there is a law against idling a car for more than a few minutes. This was passed long before anybody cared about CO2


The City of Minneapolis passed such a law which was roundly ignored.  A cars engine may be ready to go after 30 seconds after being turned on in sub zero weather but the rest of the car and you are not.  They did eventually amend the ordinance to allow up to 15 minutes of idling in below zero degree weather but its a silly law that is impossible to enforce.
 
2013-06-21 11:33:39 PM
Remote-Mount Magnetic Camera: Land Rover used to offer a nifty magnetic-mount video camera that streamed live images to the dash display. Off-roaders could stick the camera to any steel surface on or underneath the Land Rover, providing an electronic spotter for off-road trail obstacles that can't be seen from the driver's seat. This, too, is forbidden on U.S. roads.

Forbidden on US roads ... but it's a feature you use off-road?
 
2013-06-21 11:33:46 PM
Twin .50 Cals ?
 
2013-06-21 11:38:18 PM

Heraclitus: Twin .50 Cals ?


Just talk to Uncle Al, the duellists' pal...

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-21 11:38:55 PM

Pud: Good thing missile launchers, and the rear firing oil slick options were not on the list. That would have been awkward..


If you live in South Africa you can get one of these:

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-21 11:48:26 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: We should ban the remote start.
There is no reason a responsible person should have their car idling.


I'm pretty sure Diesel trucks need to idle for a few minutes in cold weather. Although, idling them for 30 mins like most people do around here is probably excessive.
 
2013-06-21 11:50:14 PM
Cyclops headlights like on the Tucker that swivel to where the wheeel is pointing are still elegal, too, so on curves we still have our headlights lighting up where we aren't going.
 
2013-06-21 11:55:49 PM
csb

Back in the day, I drove a Mercedes 350 SE that I imported through military contact and Mexico to gain advantages you couldn't get here in the USA directly. I used it to tow my boat, and it had infinite adjust on the headlight angle (so you could deflect them down to compensate for the boat trailer pushing the back end of the car down). Of course it was illegal at the time for sale in the USA by dealership. It also had a 4.5L engine, and anti-lock brakes (and this was 1979). Interesting car.

/csb

In other news, for those of you complaining about warming up your car in the morning and the whole scraping of ice thing (vis-a-vis the legality of the remote starter), here's an idea so crazy it just might work:

Park it in your garage the night before.
 
2013-06-21 11:59:15 PM

netringer: Cyclops headlights like on the Tucker that swivel to where the wheeel is pointing are still elegal, too, so on curves we still have our headlights lighting up where we aren't going.


It's obsolete. This has been out there for a while...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBUYm5AghVI">https://www.youtube.com /watch?v=CBUYm5AghVI
 
2013-06-22 12:00:18 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: We should ban the remote start.
There is no reason a responsible person should have their car idling.


Rather than put my 2 month old twins inside a roaring hot car, I generally turn it on for a minute or three to let the AC bring the temp down from "kills animals and small children" to "does not kill animals and small children".

But that's just, like, my opinion man.
 
2013-06-22 12:02:32 AM
Yeah, the pedestrian blinder would save lives but it would really piss off pedestrians.  I'm not sure how I feel about that one.

The fast blinking break lights are brilliant, I'm glad Mercedes was given the green light to test them in the States, and I would have been fine with the Feds letting them just implement them as long as the frequency of blinking to achieve good effect had already been established with good science (obviously too fast = people are confused, too slow = people don't recognize it as a sign of distress)

I don't know about the high beams that claim to only illuminate the parts of the road where no one else is.  If it really works, great, do it.  I just don't know enough about it.

Everything else, thank god we have a Government preventing this stupid shiat.

Also, thank god we have a Government that mandates seat belts and airbags.  Super excited about rear view cameras being mandated in 2015, too.
 
2013-06-22 12:05:25 AM
Would the variable frequency blinking of brake lights be a potential issue for epileptics in vehicles behind you?
 
2013-06-22 12:05:28 AM

SevenizGud: In other news, for those of you complaining about warming up your car in the morning and the whole scraping of ice thing (vis-a-vis the legality of the remote starter), here's an idea so crazy it just might work:

Park it in your garage the night before.


Herpa derpa herp herp herp
 
2013-06-22 12:20:31 AM
They need to have a lever on the steering column to signal a left or right turn.Oh!!, they do?. I think some people need to check that manual again. You know who you are.

XD
 
2013-06-22 12:30:18 AM

ZAZ: Pray 4 Mojo

I drive a stick, and park in gear, so remote starters are not really an option. Plus I don't put on a heavy winter coat every time the temperature drops below 60.


How about when it's below 6 below?  Although nice in the winter the remote start is nicest in late summer when the car has been sitting in the sun all day.  A couple of minutes with the AC blasting before I go out to the car is very nice.
 
2013-06-22 12:35:52 AM

rwhamann: Wow.  I thought the idea that "Yahoo comments are full of racists and ignorant conservawannabes" was a meme. Bunch of polititools.


You're just discovering this?
 
2013-06-22 12:36:13 AM

SevenizGud: csb

Back in the day, I drove a Mercedes 350 SE that I imported through military contact and Mexico to gain advantages you couldn't get here in the USA directly. I used it to tow my boat, and it had infinite adjust on the headlight angle (so you could deflect them down to compensate for the boat trailer pushing the back end of the car down). Of course it was illegal at the time for sale in the USA by dealership. It also had a 4.5L engine, and anti-lock brakes (and this was 1979). Interesting car.

/csb

In other news, for those of you complaining about warming up your car in the morning and the whole scraping of ice thing (vis-a-vis the legality of the remote starter), here's an idea so crazy it just might work:

Park it in your garage the night before.


Not everyone has a garage, and some who do may have more cars than the garage may fit, especially if the have teen-aged children.
 
2013-06-22 12:47:06 AM

lordargent: Rear-View Mirror Cams

All I want to say, after driving a shiatload of rental cars, is that some designers are just dumb as fark because a lot of vehicles have such low rear visibility.


I rode in my sister's new Camaro, and it seems like the designers had a "no window may occupy more than 6 square inches, on pain of death" rule.

And my aunt (who is probably 5'2" if she's halfway up a stepladder) wanted to trade in her old Buick LaCrosse for the new model last year, but made the same complaint: she couldn't see out the back window. She ended up going with the Caddy CTS. I've not actually ridden in one, but just from seeing them on the road, I honestly can't see how that's a better option; its rear window looks small and high enough to be confused with the sunroof if you're not paying attention.
 
2013-06-22 12:47:46 AM
On the fence about video screens for the driver maybe just in place of mirrors.

I don't know how the law applies to motorcycles v. cars, but I've seen lots of new motorcycles with blinking brake lights lately. Could be an aftermarket thing though but I liked them even before I started riding.
 
2013-06-22 12:59:57 AM
Also, while we're on the subject, I'm going to say that they need to work on the laws regarding the relationship between daytime running lights and turn signals. Audi's LED and fiber optic strip DRLs look beautiful... until one of them shuts off when you hit your turn signal. If you have a VAGCOM cable, you can set it to the European option to keep everything on even when the turn signals are flashing, but supposedly it won't pass inspection over here because of the relative brightness or some such nonsense.
 
2013-06-22 01:14:06 AM

Aarontology: "Dual-View Front Video Display"

Yeah, I'm perfectly fine that that being illegal.


So you are as ignorant as the government idiots who won't allow it.   Here are the basics.  You already can have a video screen that shows navigational information.  That's what the driver will see.  The passenger ONLY can see the other content, e.g. movies.  So you are against the passenger watching a movie?  Why?
 
2013-06-22 01:18:43 AM
BTW for an interesting (slightly) example of other countries being silly with regulations, my parents moved to Switzerland in the late sixties and took their 1967 Cougar with them. The brake lights on those were about ten little lights on each side and they lit up one by one, strobing from side to side. The Swiss inspectors measured each one and said they were each too small so we had to fit a stupid extra round aftermarket brake light on each side. The standard lights lit up like a Christmas tree and could blind 747 pilots overhead, but we still had to add a little extra light.

/csb.
 
2013-06-22 01:48:27 AM

Rent Party: ZAZ: Pray 4 Mojo

I drive a stick, and park in gear, so remote starters are not really an option. Plus I don't put on a heavy winter coat every time the temperature drops below 60.

I have recently discovered that home builders attach a special structure to some houses for the purpose of parking your car in it.  Can you imagine?!  Parking your car INSIDE!!!  It's crazy, but it might make those fancy auto start thingies irrelevant.


For some reason my home builder would only attach them to my house and refused to build them where I work, where I shop, or where I otherwise may park not at my house.
 
2013-06-22 02:17:02 AM

"Yeah, the pedestrian blinder would save lives but it would really piss off pedestrians. I'm not sure how I feel about that one."


I know what your trying to say but what you've said sounds funny. You'd rather happy dead pedestrians than pissed off alive pedestrians.

 
2013-06-22 02:47:55 AM
img.fark.net

I am still waiting for this.

/And it won't even drain your battery.
 
2013-06-22 02:56:25 AM

SevenizGud: csb

Back in the day, I drove a Mercedes 350 SE that I imported through military contact and Mexico to gain advantages you couldn't get here in the USA directly. I used it to tow my boat, and it had infinite adjust on the headlight angle (so you could deflect them down to compensate for the boat trailer pushing the back end of the car down). Of course it was illegal at the time for sale in the USA by dealership. It also had a 4.5L engine, and anti-lock brakes (and this was 1979). Interesting car.

/csb

In other news, for those of you complaining about warming up your car in the morning and the whole scraping of ice thing (vis-a-vis the legality of the remote starter), here's an idea so crazy it just might work:

Park it in your garage the night before.




Or here's another idea... Don't be such a pussy.


As for the others, I like the flashing brake lights idea a lot. The split video display is cool too.

I don't know if headlights are brighter or more drivers are being obnoxious with the high beams, but seems like I'm feeling blinding on the roads at night more often. Maybe my vision is going.
 
2013-06-22 03:17:51 AM

Pop Goes The Weasel: SevenizGud: csb

Back in the day, I drove a Mercedes 350 SE that I imported through military contact and Mexico to gain advantages you couldn't get here in the USA directly. I used it to tow my boat, and it had infinite adjust on the headlight angle (so you could deflect them down to compensate for the boat trailer pushing the back end of the car down). Of course it was illegal at the time for sale in the USA by dealership. It also had a 4.5L engine, and anti-lock brakes (and this was 1979). Interesting car.

/csb

In other news, for those of you complaining about warming up your car in the morning and the whole scraping of ice thing (vis-a-vis the legality of the remote starter), here's an idea so crazy it just might work:

Park it in your garage the night before.

Not everyone has a garage, and some who do may have more cars than the garage may fit, especially if the have teen-aged children.


That, and an unheated garage is still damn cold if it is -20 outside.
 
2013-06-22 03:23:35 AM
Can I get a passenger ejection seat?
 
2013-06-22 03:38:14 AM
Aspherical Mirrors

You have GOT to be kidding me.
 
2013-06-22 03:39:29 AM
On an aspherical mirror, the main part of the mirror surface is flat, but it curves away toward the outer edge to show all the space in your blind spot.

What's a blind spot?

/learn to set your mirrors correctly, doofus
 
2013-06-22 03:44:04 AM

Pop Goes The Weasel: Not everyone has a garage, and some who do may have more cars than the garage may fit, especially if the have teen-aged children.


If you can't afford a big enough garage, then really you should be taking the bus, honestly.
 
2013-06-22 03:49:14 AM

PacManDreaming: Heraclitus: Twin .50 Cals ?

Just talk to Uncle Al, the duellists' pal...

[img.fark.net image 347x550]


Indeed. And I'd like to add that if you went against NOMADS in tournament play you were asking to get your poop pushed.
 
2013-06-22 04:03:29 AM

ArcadianRefugee: What's a blind spot?

/learn to set your mirrors correctly, doofus


Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?
 
2013-06-22 04:18:39 AM
cntl-f - flame thrower not in article
cntl-f - flame thrower not in comments.

my first car was a bad-ass 70s crapmobile, and i always thought that it would be the perfect car to sport a flamethrower. and as i mentioned in a recent thread and will continue to mention just so that this piece of history is not forgotten, the Loompanics catalog actually sold a book about how to build and install a car-based flamethrower.

stupid Uncle Sam. and me for being lazy and sheepish; that biatchin' camaro never got to know the hard hot love of a flamethrower.
 
2013-06-22 04:38:50 AM
Nanny state
 
2013-06-22 07:03:03 AM

SevenizGud: Pop Goes The Weasel: Not everyone has a garage, and some who do may have more cars than the garage may fit, especially if the have teen-aged children.

If you can't afford a big enough garage, then really you should be taking the bus, honestly.


Garages can cost several times more than a car, depending on where you live and what you drive. Also what about people who live places where there are no houses with garages? People who live in cities where everything was built before the automocar was invented? No, it seems simpler to just accept that people want to idle their cars for a bit. Not that I would, because living in a big city, and not having a garage, means if I want to idle it i'd have to sit in it to avoid it being stolen, so I might as well just drive as fast as I can to warm it up really quick, or get to my destination before I freeze.
 
2013-06-22 07:25:33 AM

ZAZ: Quoting the Popular Mechanics story because the Yahoo version doesn't load for me:

"So, while we can warm and de-ice our cars from the comfort of our breakfast table, our European friends get to freeze their fingers scraping ice and gripping a cold steering wheel. There, laws in some countries prohibit idling an empty car in a bid to minimize carbon dioxide emissions."

In some states there is a law against idling a car for more than a few minutes. This was passed long before anybody cared about CO2.

I have heard remote starters shut down the car after a few minutes, possibly to comply with these laws.



It's about 10-15 minutes until the car turns itself off.
 
2013-06-22 08:16:14 AM

ArcadianRefugee: On an aspherical mirror, the main part of the mirror surface is flat, but it curves away toward the outer edge to show all the space in your blind spot.

What's a blind spot?

/learn to set your mirrors correctly, doofus


My wife thinks I'm insane because I always adjust my mirrors the right way when I'm driving her car. For the life of me, I cannot convince her to stop adjusting them to just look directly down the side of the vehicle. Which is why they can get away with selling dumb shiat like "blind spot" cameras.

As for the screen instead of rear view mirror idea...what happens if the screen fails? And how will you be able to read the word AMBULANCE when it's coming up behind you?
 
2013-06-22 08:21:56 AM

bukijin: ArcadianRefugee: What's a blind spot?

/learn to set your mirrors correctly, doofus

Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?


They don't teach that in driving school?

Simple...while sitting in the drivers seat, lean your head up against the drivers side window and adjust the drivers side mirror to look down the side like you otherwise would if you were an idiot.

Then lean your head as close to the middle between the front seats and adjust the passenger side mirror to look down the side like you otherwise would if you were an idiot.

Now...no more blind spot. When a car leaves your rear view mirror field of vision...voila! It's instantly in the side mirror.

/Welcome. Drive carefully
 
2013-06-22 08:27:43 AM

bukijin: Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?


There's no process to this. Sit in the driver's seat. Adjust your mirrors until you can see in the car's blind spot. That's what the mirror is  for.
 
2013-06-22 08:54:08 AM
Things are changing. The CR-Z (Honda) has rear video IN the rearview mirror now.
 
2013-06-22 09:19:41 AM
SevenizGud:
If you can't afford a big enough garage, then really you should be taking the bus, honestly.

Not everyone lives in shiatholes where property is cheap enough
 
2013-06-22 09:29:49 AM

t3knomanser: bukijin: Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?

There's no process to this. Sit in the driver's seat. Adjust your mirrors until you can see in the car's blind spot. That's what the mirror is  for.


Push your side mirrors almost all the way out - you should not be able to see the sides of your car in them.  A car in the lane next to you should disappear from your rearview mirror at the same time it enters your side view mirror.  By the time it leaves your side view mirror it should next right next to you, and visible by only slightly turning your head.  This method is a little unnerving at first, sice most people have their side mirrors set to see down the side of their car, which leaves a blind spot.
 
2013-06-22 09:39:08 AM

lucksi: Aspherical Mirrors

You have GOT to be kidding me.


Aspherical says what?

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-22 10:01:27 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: We should ban the remote start.
There is no reason a responsible person should have their car idling.


Responsible people who squeal on the Mafia need it. Did you know the best carbombs start not on ignition but when heated by the manifold? Ensuring that if the explosion doesn't do the job, the crash will?
 
2013-06-22 10:16:48 AM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: t3knomanser: bukijin: Any hints - or are we supposed to guess ?

There's no process to this. Sit in the driver's seat. Adjust your mirrors until you can see in the car's blind spot. That's what the mirror is  for.

Push your side mirrors almost all the way out - you should not be able to see the sides of your car in them.  A car in the lane next to you should disappear from your rearview mirror at the same time it enters your side view mirror.  By the time it leaves your side view mirror it should next right next to you, and visible by only slightly turning your head.  This method is a little unnerving at first, sice most people have their side mirrors set to see down the side of their car, which leaves a blind spot.


No thank you.   I make sure to always have the edge of my vehicle in my side mirrors.  I need that frame of reference or else I don't instantly know where that car in the mirror is located relative to me.
 
2013-06-22 11:11:34 AM
Not being able to see my backup cam mirrored while driving is worse than useless, it's completely dangerous as objects appear on the wrong farking side. At least now I know the egregious stupidity of design is not Pioneer's fault.
 
2013-06-22 11:55:19 AM

rwhamann: Wow.  I thought the idea that "Yahoo comments are full of racists and ignorant conservawannabes" was a meme. Bunch of polititools.


Why yes, reading the comments of the retarded liberal polititools here at Fark is so much more enjoyable.
 
2013-06-22 12:18:33 PM

enik: rwhamann: Wow.  I thought the idea that "Yahoo comments are full of racists and ignorant conservawannabes" was a meme. Bunch of polititools.

Why yes, reading the comments of the retarded liberal polititools here at Fark is so much more enjoyable.


And yet you're here.
 
2013-06-22 06:44:08 PM

SevenizGud: csb

Back in the day, I drove a Mercedes 350 SE that I imported through military contact and Mexico to gain advantages you couldn't get here in the USA directly. I used it to tow my boat, and it had infinite adjust on the headlight angle (so you could deflect them down to compensate for the boat trailer pushing the back end of the car down). Of course it was illegal at the time for sale in the USA by dealership. It also had a 4.5L engine, and anti-lock brakes (and this was 1979). Interesting car.

/csb

In other news, for those of you complaining about warming up your car in the morning and the whole scraping of ice thing (vis-a-vis the legality of the remote starter), here's an idea so crazy it just might work:

Park it in your garage the night before.


If it was a 350SE, it had a 3.5. With a few exceptions, Mercedes- Benz uses the number in the name to indicate the displacement of the engine. Nit- picking, I know. Also, ABS was available then on US versions of the S- class/ W116 chassis. The headlight- leveling system, however, was not, due to the sealed- beam only rule then in effect.

As for the fact that Europeans can import anything they want to from here (they still have to make modifications to certain safety- related issues, some of which are nit- picky, like the fact that in Europe all cars' emergency flasher switches have to have a red light inside them that flashes when they're on) but people in the US can't do so with Europe- only models anymore was actually the direct result of lobbying from automakers, in particular, European ones, primarily Mercedes. There used to be a thriving grey market for certain cars- importers would bring Euro- only versions over, make certain changes to the car to comply with US laws, then certify the vehicle and be listed as its "manufacturer." Mercedes didn't like the fact that others were competing with them using their own product (and refused to service those cars at their dealerships) and eventually lobbied the government to crack down on the practice.

A lot of the issues surrounding these things has to do with "Not Invented Here" syndrome (things like e- code headlights) and with unintentionally narrow laws, like the one using wattage to specify bulb brightness, which prevented LED taillights from being sold here (or necessitated special circuitry that served only to consume the required amount of power!) for a little while because they used less power. Now, I believe the law specifies a certain level of intensity/ brightness, which is what it should have done in the first place.
 
2013-06-22 07:32:11 PM

Maul555: I need that frame of reference or else I don't instantly know where that car in the mirror is located relative to me.


I find your lack of spatial reasoning disturbing.
 
2013-06-22 08:26:07 PM

t3knomanser: Maul555: I need that frame of reference or else I don't instantly know where that car in the mirror is located relative to me.

I find your lack of spatial reasoning disturbing.


Seriously! Who uses a reference frame to determine the motion of an object relative to an observer!?  It doesn't take an Einstein to figure all that out!
 
2013-06-22 08:58:25 PM
I wish I could pay a dealer extra money to disable the most annoying 'feature' of all: The seat-belt beep. I can't tell you how patronizing I find this. I know my farking seat belt is off. I choose to leave it off for now, and I don't appreciate being coaxed into putting it on my a really annoying beep.
 
2013-06-22 10:13:45 PM
Don't see a problem - most of the options listed are either too complex or too dangerous for the average driver to use at speed. Changing the law to allow dynamic lighting would potentially open the door for stupid aftermarket options which would either fail or cause too much distraction for other drivers, for example.
 
2013-06-22 10:14:54 PM

Flint Ironstag: Number 11: Allowing consumers to import any car they want. In Europe anyone can buy any US or Japanese car and personally import it. Americans are forbidden from importing or buying anything not specifically cleared for use in the US.


Again, I'm OK with that. The U.S. has some of the most stringent vehicle safety requirements in the world for a reason.
 
2013-06-22 10:17:24 PM

fusillade762: ZAZ: Can the "spotlight the pedestrian, blinding him" feature be upgraded to "zap jaywalkers with a high power laser"?

Something like this, then?

Sleepy Boy 2000

/the last word in auto alarm eradicators


I don't know about other folks, but I love watching "30 seconds of nothing" prefaces, just knowing that the provider isn't getting any money from my pause - that'll learn 'em.
 
2013-06-23 10:25:28 AM

Aarontology: "Dual-View Front Video Display"

Yeah, I'm perfectly fine that that being illegal.


It sounds fine--the driver only sees things like navigation etc, stuff they should be able to see.  It's only the passenger that can watch a movie.

The only one on that list that should be banned is the seats--for failing the crash test.

lordargent: Forbidden on US roads ... but it's a feature you use off-road?


Including it would make the vehicle not legal to drive on the roads.
 
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