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Sep 27, 2013 1:05AM
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How about taking all that junk off of cars making them more affordable to people? What happens down the road when that fancy combo Nav/radio/phone device fails? A middle class family afford to fix it? You can claim a double clutch semi automatic with adaptive brakes, lane spotter computer and a flux capacitor is great but if its broke down in the driveway it is still junk. Please go back to making affordable decent vehicles with out 5k of extra junk on them. Why would you need a back up rear camera, lane maintain camera or any other camera? You have a set of cameras on your face already. If you are in reverse look behind you we have done it for many years. If you can't learn to drive well enough to keep a modern vehicle in a lane then you don't need to be behind the wheel. We pass laws against distracted driving and then put gizmos and extra switches in the car to distract us???
Sep 27, 2013 4:55AM
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I just can't imagine.  If you need park assist, don't drive.  Lane maintainer? Really? Try backing and parking my gooseneck horse trailer.  I wouldn't trust a device for this even if it were available.  My dad said a long time ago, when you're driving, you're on your own.  Survival is up to you.  Learn to maintain your own lane and park yourself.  Stop relying on technology for these simple tasks. 
Sep 27, 2013 4:41AM
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Sure technology is wonderful. But there comes a point where you're building a car that people will rely on so much that they stop paying attention, and when a situation comes up that the car doesn't recognize as a danger, cars will pile into each other.

Hell no to adaptive cruise control.

And Hell NO to parking assist. If you can't parallel park, then you don't have the skills required to drive a car. Stay home.

Sep 27, 2013 4:33AM
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Airbags are good, they work

 

but the rest of this stuff just adds cost complexity and weight to the cars.  some of this numbs people to actually driving. you should learn how to paralell park not have the car do it for you you know?

 

 

Sep 27, 2013 4:00AM
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Trickle down isn't always a good thing.  Remember when a Civic used to be affordable to almost anyone?  Now there's so much technology crammed in it as a standard feature that people are looking to Kia and Hyundai for the cheap car!  Certainly make the safety features an option but don't make them standard across the board!  Until I'm too old to turn my head I won't need most of these features and I can do without paying for having them in my car and the headaches of fixing them if they mess up.
Oct 14, 2013 7:38AM
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I bought a 2013 car in February.  The salesman asked to see my cell phone to pair it up with my new car. I told him I would never own one. You should have seen the look on his face, PRICELESS!! 
Oct 14, 2013 7:53AM
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People, it's not about us.  It's about manufacturing.  If they don't have to offer options and make a loaded car it's much simpler to manufacture and more profitable.  They make it, we buy it.  That's the system.  You should be able to buy a basic transportation vehicle.  But too many have that 'entitled' mentality and forget they're paying through the nose for all those frills.
Sep 26, 2013 1:33PM
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What? No leather upholstery made from whale penis? I was so looking forward to that feature getting "trickled down" to more mundane cars.
Oct 14, 2013 12:07PM
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How much more technology is needed for the family car?  Better yet, how much more is needed to make already expensive cars even more out of reach for many families?  For every new gadget put in a car the cost goes up drastically - who needs half of it?  Are we so lazy and disoriented that we cannot back up, turn a knob or push a button?  Can't we live without a phone plugged in our ears?  Are we so lazy and unaware of what is going on around us that we need a car to tell us whether or not a child, pet or something is behind our car before backing up?  Do we really need a GPS system to plan a trip or find an address?  What about the old way - using a phone book or reading street signs?  Do we really need a screen in front to tell us everything - time in front of a computer screen and/or TV takes up enough of our time.
Sep 27, 2013 3:50AM
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Most of these are useless and if you need them, you shouldn't be driving in the first place, unless you are older and have lost some skills due to health.
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