I've got dual zone in my Impala, but I always set the temp the same anyway. Need a way to stick those two controls together, haha.
Backup cameras I can almost understand in something with near-zero visibility, but in most vehicles, even with lesser visibility, I would imagine, and my time spent behind the wheel in 47 states confirms it so far, it's mainly a matter of knowing where your vehicle's corners are, getting out to look if you're not sure, and learning to properly use the mirrors. Maybe even add extra mirrors. And the beepers....that's just asking for trouble once you borrow a car without it. Again, learn the vehicle.
Automatic headlights....is pulling a switch too hard? Driver control is sadly lacking in this culture and this only encourages it. And again, once you wind up in a vehicle without it, or where autolights can be turned off, you're just gonna get in trouble. Learn to DRIVE, not just operate, ya know? And DRL's is part of all that. If my headlight switch is off, then all the lights should be off because that's how switches work!!! And if somebody has trouble seeing my car, then they need to practice situational awareness while driving!!!
Automatic climate control seems more like a gimmick than anything else. Bit of a novelty, but in the long run reasonably useless because the standard works just fine, and when even a Jeep has this stuff, maybe we should rethink the extent to which these novelties are perceived to be needed?
Heated and cooled seats I can see use for in extreme climates, and would expect in a Cadillac or maybe a higher Impala trim, but again, it's in so many vehicles that it's often thought of as a need, when it isn't. Makes me shudder when I read about somebody expecting their Jeep to have this sort of thing, or remote start, or other mom-mobile/Cadillac stuffs.
And of course touchscreen....because we need to cut down on distractions, right? So lets install a stinkin' TV screen right smack dab in the middle of the dash on everybody's vehicle, when we want them to concentrate on the road, but also we want the car to do the driving for them, or something like that. Sure, maybe make it an option on higher end vehicles(maybe the LTZ Impala if that? But still, more novelty than anything else and definitely not a necessity), but to just throw this crap around? I wanna drive a car, not a rolling entertainment center!!!!
Now I'm not saying all this crap should be made illegal. Maybe the lights that come on when switches are off, or anything else that directly impedes driver control, but the First Amendment is still a thing. I would sooner educate the motoring public on the dangers of relying on such things, and require that every single American citizen wishing to become a licensed driver to have at least a hundred hours(maybe more) of experience in a vehicle with a standard radio(if any), no rearview assistance besides rearview mirrors, and they need to walk outside to fire it up in advance if they want it heated or cooled to a specific temperature before driving. That sort of thing. And at least 25% of this experience needs to be in a vehicle with a manual transmission. Doesn't matter if it's a column or floor shifted manual, as long as it's H-pattern with a clutch. No flappy paddles.
Sorry for kinda hijacking your thread, Derkach. All I've seen as a trucker, it's hard to not get rattled when I see and hear so many advocating for features that take away from the experience, the art form, that is pure unadulterated driving. Also, please tell me those H9's you mentioned aren't HID/LED? That crap screws with everybody's eyes even on low beam, even when properly aimed. Something about the light itself, it's not great to have to see while buzzing along the interstate at any hour of the day or night.
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