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(Jalopnik)   In-car Mini-Bar with magnetic shot glasses. One of ten automobile innovations that seemed like a good idea at the time   (jalopnik.com) divider line 45
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2013-07-07 09:03:26 PM  
Now I want a mini bar in my car.

/just for soda's and juice of course.
 
2013-07-07 09:04:46 PM  
a0.vsoh.com
 
2013-07-07 09:26:22 PM  
CSB time...

Back in the mid to late '80s, one of my cousins had a high-end GM car (I think it was a Cadillac of some sort) provided by her employer. It had all the electronic bells and whistles available at the time, including a digital dashboard. Unfortunately, she lived in Tampa, FL, which gets very hot and humid in the summer. After the car had been sitting in the sun for a while, upon starting the dash was completely blank due to the electronics overheating. She would just crank the A/C to the max and drive cautiously for a couple of miles until it cooled down enough for the speedo and other instruments to reboot.
 
2013-07-07 09:26:55 PM  

Kyosuke: [a0.vsoh.com image 573x314]


Seriously, Dodge? Apple juice?You shouldn't even be able to put the car in gear with the bar open. Besides the danger of drunk driving it's obviously a huge design flaw. Which is why now you're all sticky! Which, I'm sorry for that. Once we get you parked I'll clean you up and wipe you down with a fine chamois.
 
2013-07-07 09:47:59 PM  
It's not really a "mini-bar" unless the car company refills it and charges you $15 for a soda.
 
2013-07-07 09:51:00 PM  
I imagine it would be difficult to drive with this huge throbbing erection.
 
2013-07-07 09:57:22 PM  
And this is where the first Irish Car Bomb was made
 
2013-07-07 10:01:57 PM  
Let the Archer references commence!!
 
2013-07-07 10:03:13 PM  
Seems like a good idea now.
 
2013-07-07 10:07:21 PM  
Pop up headlights and motorized seat belts were the result of car companies working around government regulations. You had to use square or round headlights but car makers wanted less boxy looking cars. So, they had to hide the headlights to get te smaller front ends they wanted. There was also a time you had to have passive and active safety systems. I'm sure airbags were considered but are also expensive. It was likely much cheaper to just motorize the seatbelts and count them as a passive safety system.

And that car with the mini bar was likely so big the driver couldn't really reach it anyway. There are some days as a passenger I would really appreciate a mini bar.
 
2013-07-07 10:13:14 PM  
Way to think it through, Dodge.
 
2013-07-07 10:13:48 PM  
The longest three seconds of my life was spent waiting for the god damned automatic seat belt to finish its journey so I could lean out of the rental car and throw up on some random street in San Francisco.
 
2013-07-07 10:14:23 PM  
Cadillac also had in dash cigarette dispensers in the 50s.  It was a glorious time.
 
2013-07-07 10:20:46 PM  
You know, when they perfect the Google Driving Car (automatic automobile?) I am getting a car with a mini-bar built in.  I'll go everywhere loaded.  More so than I do now that is.
 
2013-07-07 10:23:24 PM  
I have known several people to lose loved ones to drunk driving. I am not finding this topic funny. I am the Designated Debbie Downer.
 
2013-07-07 10:26:08 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: I have known several people to lose loved ones to drunk driving. I am not finding this topic funny. I am the Designated Debbie Downer.


Know what would cheer you up?
 
2013-07-07 10:30:39 PM  

OgreMagi: PC LOAD LETTER: I have known several people to lose loved ones to drunk driving. I am not finding this topic funny. I am the Designated Debbie Downer.

Know what would cheer you up?


ok I laughed

/at OgreMagi, not PC
 
2013-07-07 10:34:09 PM  
One of my fathers other children used to drive around with a tumbler of rye in the cupholder. He was friends with quite a few cops and they'd just tell him to be careful driving home when he got pulled over for driving like a man with a flipping tumbler of rye in the cupholder. Also, I remember my last day at work at the phone company in Saskatchewan, we had a full bar in the fridge and it was customary for workers to bring in a bottle on their last day. I brought in a bottle of single malt and decided that, as I was about to quit I didn't need to be all that sober, so i took a belt. The gomers on the retail side replaced it with green tea, and I just stood there thinking this single malt stuff is highly overrated.
 
2013-07-07 10:36:54 PM  

Kyosuke: [a0.vsoh.com image 573x314]


mimg.ugo.com
 
2013-07-07 10:42:00 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: You know, when they perfect the Google Driving Car (automatic automobile?) I am getting a car with a mini-bar built in.  I'll go everywhere loaded.  More so than I do now that is.

You DO realize it will be the Apple iCar that really breaks the market wide open right? Too bad you won't be able to refuel it yourself...you have to go to the iFuel to get more.
 
2013-07-07 10:44:09 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-07 10:46:11 PM  

504_King_streetcar: One of my fathers other children used to drive around with a tumbler of rye in the cupholder. He was friends with quite a few cops and they'd just tell him to be careful driving home when he got pulled over for driving like a man with a flipping tumbler of rye in the cupholder. Also, I remember my last day at work at the phone company in Saskatchewan, we had a full bar in the fridge and it was customary for workers to bring in a bottle on their last day. I brought in a bottle of single malt and decided that, as I was about to quit I didn't need to be all that sober, so i took a belt. The gomers on the retail side replaced it with green tea, and I just stood there thinking this single malt stuff is highly overrated.


You're related to Julian from Trailer Park Boys?!?
 
2013-07-07 10:47:31 PM  
modernkiddo.com

Not innovative? Go on.....
 
2013-07-07 11:03:17 PM  
My father had an Imperial with the record player.  It's possible I was concieved in the back seat while Elivs was playing.  I'm going to say that was a good option.

As for the self dimming headlights, my new car has them and damn if they don't actually work.  Every time I think I should turn off the high beams the car has already done it.  I'm used to older cars where that option is less than useless.

And on the topic of mini-bars, consult any Matt Helm movie for the proper specs.
 
2013-07-07 11:08:57 PM  

Znuh: [modernkiddo.com image 600x748]

Not innovative? Go on.....


PUSH THE BUTTON MAX!
 
2013-07-07 11:09:38 PM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: 504_King_streetcar: One of my fathers other children used to drive around with a tumbler of rye in the cupholder. He was friends with quite a few cops and they'd just tell him to be careful driving home when he got pulled over for driving like a man with a flipping tumbler of rye in the cupholder. Also, I remember my last day at work at the phone company in Saskatchewan, we had a full bar in the fridge and it was customary for workers to bring in a bottle on their last day. I brought in a bottle of single malt and decided that, as I was about to quit I didn't need to be all that sober, so i took a belt. The gomers on the retail side replaced it with green tea, and I just stood there thinking this single malt stuff is highly overrated.

You're related to Julian from Trailer Park Boys?!?


If only. My half brother is an unholy melange of Rob Ford and Hank from Corner Gas.
 
2013-07-07 11:12:48 PM  
CSB:

My buddy owns one of the last thirteen Volkswagens that has the Digi-Tech dashboard as a factory option. The car looks completely normal - but that one stupid dashboard burns out at 300,000 miles and there's no way to reset it.

He bought the car in 1998 at fifteen for $1,250.

He had it appraised in 2009 - they quoted him at $75,000. He (literally) crapped his pants. It's got ~125k on it now.
 
2013-07-07 11:16:43 PM  
I'm just here to say I miss pop up headlights.
 
2013-07-07 11:21:31 PM  

propasaurus: Which is why now you're all sticky!


That's how you get ants.
 
DB
2013-07-07 11:25:35 PM  
This one is mind blowing
img.gawkerassets.com
 
2013-07-07 11:33:31 PM  
Right? I bet dogs loved that
 
DB
2013-07-07 11:37:09 PM  
I love how the hooks have rubber tubing to protect from marring your car yet there's nothing protecting anything from  marring your dog!
 
2013-07-07 11:50:31 PM  
www.drcypher.com
 
2013-07-07 11:51:09 PM  

MrEricSir: It's not really a "mini-bar" unless the car company refills it and charges you $15 for a soda.


Do you have Coke in a magnetic glass harmonica?
 
2013-07-07 11:54:06 PM  

Trainspotr: The longest three seconds of my life was spent waiting for the god damned automatic seat belt to finish its journey so I could lean out of the rental car and throw up on some random street in San Francisco.


I can't count the number of times those damn things ended up choking me when I opened the door and leaned out for some damned reason. farking hate those.
 
2013-07-07 11:57:51 PM  

NBSV: Pop up headlights and motorized seat belts were the result of car companies working around government regulations. You had to use square or round headlights but car makers wanted less boxy looking cars. So, they had to hide the headlights to get te smaller front ends they wanted. There was also a time you had to have passive and active safety systems. I'm sure airbags were considered but are also expensive. It was likely much cheaper to just motorize the seatbelts and count them as a passive safety system.

And that car with the mini bar was likely so big the driver couldn't really reach it anyway. There are some days as a passenger I would really appreciate a mini bar.


They had airbags in some cars in the mid- to late-70's -- but they sucked. Starting in the 70's, cars had shoulder belts, but they were kind of a non-retractable kludge that were stored in clips above the door.and rarely used. Later came the all-in-one seatbelts -- I think my '80 VW pickup had them.

At some point they decided cars had to have  passive restraints -- either shoulder belts (attached to the doors that you crawled under / motorized) or airbags. Many manufacturers opted for the shoulder belts. Our '93 Nissan Quest had the motorized belts, but the '94 Dodge truck had airbags. Later they required airbags on all cars.

As far as the headlights, you haven't lived until you've driven a car with vacuum-actuated hide-away headlights. Step on the gas, lights close.
 
2013-07-08 12:16:14 AM  

Tom_Slick: Cadillac also had in dash cigarette dispensers in the 50s.  It was a glorious time.


You mean the in-dash doobie dispenser
 
2013-07-08 12:22:21 AM  
Digital dashes are a bad idea? Has Jalopnik seen any of the new cars with the whole instrument panel on one led screen?
Also pop up headlights are awesome.
 
2013-07-08 03:14:47 AM  

Tax Boy: Kyosuke: [a0.vsoh.com image 573x314]

[mimg.ugo.com image 528x325]


Came for this!
 
2013-07-08 07:51:47 AM  

bopis: Digital dashes are a bad idea? Has Jalopnik seen any of the new cars with the whole instrument panel on one led screen?
Also pop up headlights are awesome.


Digital (LCD) :: not equal to:: LED.
 
2013-07-08 07:53:02 AM  
People forget that back in the late sixties\early seventies and earlier it was fairly common for people to drive drunk (or at least what today would be called driving drunk) and it was only a misdemeanor moving violation akin to failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign that usually only got you a ticket if you were clearly at or near the falling down drunk point by visual observation. There was no such thing as a breathalyzer back then. Sure it was wrong but it was not the legal or social issue it is today.
 
2013-07-08 08:42:18 AM  

Toxicphreke: JasonOfOrillia: You know, when they perfect the Google Driving Car (automatic automobile?) I am getting a car with a mini-bar built in.  I'll go everywhere loaded.  More so than I do now that is.
You DO realize it will be the Apple iCar that really breaks the market wide open right? Too bad you won't be able to refuel it yourself...you have to go to the iFuel to get more.


IRRATIONAL APPLE HATRED detected and ignored, as it is completely off topic for this thread.  As well as
tedious and stupid.

The other big problem with digital dashboards is that it took people too long to parse what the digital
readouts were telling them.  Modern car dashboards are just as filled with electronics, but they drive analog
style dials.
 
2013-07-08 08:55:28 AM  

dletter: Digital (LCD) :: not equal to:: LED.


If Jalopnik is using "digital" to mean LCD displays only, to the exclusion of LEDs, then they are using the term wrong.

Especially as the photo in TFA is of a vacuum fluorescent display, as was common of this 1980s dashboards.
 
2013-07-08 07:57:16 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Modern car dashboards are just as filled with electronics, but they drive analog
style dials.


False.  Many modern cars are switching to all digital dashboards.  They're still in the minority, but more cars are using digital speed readouts.  There are no issues with accuracy (in fact, there were never issues with accuracy as the dash is just outputting the measured speed; the way the speed is displayed does not affect its accuracy).

Examples:

blogs-images.forbes.com
0.tqn.com
 
2013-07-08 08:18:14 PM  

win95o: DjangoStonereaver: Modern car dashboards are just as filled with electronics, but they drive analog
style dials.

False.  Many modern cars are switching to all digital dashboards.  They're still in the minority, but more cars are using digital speed readouts.  There are no issues with accuracy (in fact, there were never issues with accuracy as the dash is just outputting the measured speed; the way the speed is displayed does not affect its accuracy).

Examples:

[blogs-images.forbes.com image 500x333]
[0.tqn.com image 850x637]


You do realize that the second picture undermines your argument, right?
 
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