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Has auto electronics gone too far?

Rick DeMeis
6/29/2008 08:00 PM EDT

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re: Has auto electronics gone too far?
Fernandovilla   8/22/2008 11:56:03 AM
Dear Mr. DeMeis: Sometimes people do use strange things on cars, such as powerfull LEDs to ilumminate the road beneath. However, solenoid turn signals were standard equipment on Volkswagen beetles of the 50´s. I once had on board of my 63´ VW beetle a small vynil record player made by Philips mounted under the glove compartment. You had to change the little record manually and of course it wouldn´t work well while driving in places like the old part of Boston paved with stones, but it was OK in good roads. In the same car, I had a special K7 tape recorder support panel made by Philips, where you could slide in and out your precious and expensive portable K7 tape recorder also made by Philips. It worked better than the record player provided the K7 tape itself stayed in the shade. Power boost was provided by the car radio after a little modification. Good old times, indeed, and contrary to nowadays short-wave listening was standard on car radios which were quite more sensitive than these fancy, color-full radios we get today. Sincerely, Fernando Villamarim Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil

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re: Has auto electronics gone too far?
Paul L at QNX   7/4/2008 3:58:15 PM
I come from Quebec, though I never had the opportunity to hear a talking car with a French Canadian accent -- that would have been hysterical. I do seem to remember, however, that the cars spoke English, and *that* was an issue. I can't think of any options more outrageous than the ones already listed, but I do remember the worst option I ever encountered: the inline 6 in my dad's 1963 Pontiac Laurentian. It may have been a reliable engine, but it was dangerously underpowered for such a large car.

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