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Not all automotive electronics improvements need be complex

Rick DeMeis
10/4/2010 05:15 PM EDT

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Uberzephyr
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re: Not all automotive electronics improvements need be complex
Uberzephyr   11/29/2010 6:02:49 PM
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Actually, it *IS* an indication that is in reverse, not that the backup distance sensor has been activated. I own this car, and my car (2.0T Track) does not have backup distance sensors, but it still gives me the chime.

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Etmax   10/27/2010 12:29:40 PM
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I think a sound when you first put it into reverse is a great idea, whatever actual reason was. I have given up on parking sensors though, 1 week after I purchased a car that had them I turned them off. City parking often requires you moving to within a few centimetres of another car, and I don't think I need something beeping at me making me nervous long before I need to be. I think parking sensors on shopping trolleys might be a good idea though, because that's one thing that keeps hitting my car but never when I'm in it :-(

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RWatkins   10/20/2010 5:09:19 PM
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I have mixed feelings on such "features". Where I used to listen very closely whilst backing for indications of problems such as a tricycle being crushed or a neighbor yelling a warning, I cannot with our Prius, which beeps continuously inside the passenger compartment while backing. I personally would be much happier if the noisemaker were on the outside rear of the vehicle and barely audible inside.

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_hm   10/10/2010 6:10:49 PM
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I agree with you Rick. Many a time you need only basic and very simple solution to resolve your problem. And these simple solutions are quite effective for that matter. Also, simple solution may make system more reliable and cost effective.

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Rick DeMeis   10/6/2010 10:24:46 PM
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If that were so, the result is the same. But the fact remains I've never noticed it before on all the cars I've test driven with such a manual transmission--and this car was not equipped with backup warning sensors. In some ways it had "bare bones" features, lacking a trip computer and cruise control, which were not "optioned in" on this press fleet vehicle.

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Rick DeMeis   10/6/2010 10:23:05 PM
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Yes, just because engineers can do something doesn't always mean they should. Perhaps this one came from the marketeers!

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FrederikV   10/6/2010 8:13:12 AM
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This is not the indication of the reverse gear, but an indication that the distance-sensors at the back of the car have been activated. A common feature I believe every car with back distance-sensors has (in Europe at least for more than 10 years commonly available). Frederik

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