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Excellerator
05-18-2005, 05:07 PM
For a while now I've been thinking of ideas that would make my life behind the wheel a lot easier. If you ever thought about inventing a system or any technology that would do the same, please post some of your ideas.<p>My first idea has to do with cars without a remote, or a key fob. Why did it become necessary to have only two key holes, one for each front door? Wouldn't it be a lot easier to have one for each door? Sometimes I want to put something in the backseat without having to unlock all the doors.<p>Why don't all cars have a feature that shuts off the engine at stoplights? It doesn't have to start when you put your foot on the gas pedal, just when you release the brakes. GM learned this with the Silverado hybrid (U.S.)<p>How about "gel" headrests, using the gel they use in fancy bicycle seats? It'd be more comfortable, and wouldn't hurt as much in a rear-end collision.<p>Or how about a four-wheel emergency brake? It's not like I'm going to do donuts in the parking lot anytime soon. Or how about a feature that turns on the e-brake when you put your car in park?<p>What about a system where low beam headlights turn on when you turn on your wipers? Some states have a law where you have to have all your exterior lights on in instances where you use your wipers. (The system doesn't have to turn on when using the one-swipe feature, so it doesn't look like you're flashing your lights.)<p>And speaking of lights, why can't my DRLs turn off when I apply the e-brake? Having such a feature would help me out a lot. They already have one if you turn the car on afterwards, but what happens if I'm parking and put the e-brake on while the car's still running?<p>Why not have the taillights flash under hard braking so others behind know I'm stopping ASAP?<p>Or have a sensor that can scan the black-on-white speed limit signs when I turn on my cruise control so I never exceed the speed limit or change the speed manually in different speed zones?<p>Why not have OnStar automatically call the police when the car detects someone is trying to break in? It'd be better than having to wait until it's stolen and have the owner call OnStar manually.<p>What are your ideas?

against the wall
05-18-2005, 06:41 PM
this may be a little too distant into the future but how about cars that can sense danger around them. like say there is something in the road that can cause damage to the car, the car would put on the emergency brakes.<p>also, to prevent speeding, how about new speed limit signs, and on the signs, there are different sensors for each sign in the speed limit area. when the car enters this area the car will sense the sign with the sensor on it, and the car will sense that it will shut off a part of the engine or w/e when the car goes 2 much above the speed limit. it may sound complicated and to much in the distant future but sounds cool.

CarMattZu777
05-18-2005, 07:19 PM
For minivans, tray tables like on airplanes, minifridges, and more advanced storage ideas such as on the Oddysey, concealed but convinient.

Cozz
05-18-2005, 07:36 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hyundai_Fan</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Why don't all cars have a feature that shuts off the engine at stoplights? It doesn't have to start when you put your foot on the gas pedal, just when you release the brakes. GM learned this with the Silverado hybrid (U.S.)</TD></TR></TABLE><br>A motor wastes more gas trying to start than leaving it on idle for a while.<p><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>What about a system where low beam headlights turn on when you turn on your wipers? Some states have a law where you have to have all your exterior lights on in instances where you use your wipers. (The system doesn't have to turn on when using the one-swipe feature, so it doesn't look like you're flashing your lights.)<br></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Some cars have it already. I think my Pacifica has it too.<p><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Why not have the taillights flash under hard braking so others behind know I'm stopping ASAP?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><br>MB has that

Excellerator
05-18-2005, 08:02 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CarMattZu777</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">For minivans, tray tables like on airplanes, minifridges, and more advanced storage ideas such as on the Oddysey, concealed but convinient. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>To add on to that, it'd be cool if the tray was folded down from the back of the front seat like the DVD player's screen does from the ceiling.<p>How about adding two electric motors that drive each rear wheel (think of the GM Autonomy concept car's motors)? Then you'd have a hybrid minivan with all wheel drive and still have space for Stow N' Go seats! I got a feeling it's easier said than done, though.<p>And how come none of the clocks in a car don't have atomic capability? Here in the U.S. anyways we can buy clocks where they automatically set themselves to the exact time as known by some tower in Fort Collins, Colorado. If a car ever did have them, couldn't it be connected to the DRLs so that the actual headlights and all exterior lights can turn on 30 minutes after sunset and turn off 30 minutes before sunrise? (BTW, "night" is legally known as the time between half hour after sunset and half hour before sunrise.)<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cozz</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>A motor wastes more gas trying to start than leaving it on idle for a while.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Taking the Silverado hybrid example again, Automobile magazine (or I think Road & Track) recently said that it saves up to 13% of gas using the engine off/on routine like I explained. Honda uses the same feature on their hybrids, even though the engine has to run to propel the car. Same with the Ford Escape Hybrid. Personally, I only heard that it uses the most gas when it's first started, not when starting up if it's already at normal operating temperature and the oil's still in the engine. Then again, I could be wrong. Thanks for the info. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Hyundai_Fan at 11:12 PM 5/18/2005</i>

Superfresa
05-18-2005, 08:03 PM
Side sensors to let you know if a car is in your mirrors blind spot, or for raining/night time, it senses speed of other pieces of metal traveling (cars, trucks, bikes, etc) and lets you know through a small light if you can change lane...

Santeno
05-19-2005, 08:24 AM
Just like today's bluetooth systems that have built in microphones and transmit telephone signals (on a bluetooth equiped cellphone), through the car's stereo system, I think that a swivelling pinhole camera should be added somewhere on the dash, thus giving the vehicle the ability top transmit video when making calls. you can make the image appear on the vehicle's navigation screen. Perhaps it's not a good idea for the driver (can we say distraction), but for vehicle passengers it would be great.<p>I also like the idea of a GPS based blackbox that records vehicle position, speed and driver imputs (such as throttle and steeringwheel angle imputs) in loops of about 30 seconds. Basically you have a constant record of what your car was doing and where it was doing it during the past 30 seconds at any point in time. It would be wonderful for accident reconstruction and disputing arguable traffic violations.<p>Oh and I would also love some kind of small rubbish disposal bin and a built in tissue dispenser.

Superfresa
05-19-2005, 08:53 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Oh and I would also love some kind of small rubbish disposal bin </TD></TR></TABLE><p>They're usually called plastic bags... Hang one from some part in your dashbord <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Excellerator
05-19-2005, 09:36 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Superfresa</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>They're usually called plastic bags... Hang one from some part in your dashbord <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>You know about the map pockets in the doors? Why not have a bin that folds outward for garbage? Or put a rubbish bag in the map pocket... A small one... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bow.gif" BORDER="0">

Santeno
05-19-2005, 09:58 AM
Exactly my point. A small built in rubbish compartment seems like one of those ideas that they would have thought of eaons ago. Like fresa said a bag works, but It's a dumb thing to have to do, especially when you have other people in the car. I'm not talking about a grabage can where you can dump your left-over happy meal. I mean something like a small glovebox where you can fit a small bag and dump things like receipts, gum wrappers, pieces of papers, etc. - you know those littlethings that usually end up shoved in the map pocket, some dashboard cubby, or the floor, until the next time you clean the car.

syclone
05-19-2005, 02:09 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Superfresa</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Side sensors to let you know if a car is in your mirrors blind spot, or for raining/night time, it senses speed of other pieces of metal traveling (cars, trucks, bikes, etc) and lets you know through a small light if you can change lane...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I could be wrong, but I think some MB models have something like that.

Superfresa
05-19-2005, 03:24 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>syclone</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I could be wrong, but I think some MB models have something like that.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I wish my Land Rover had it. The f*** mirrors wont stop wiggling with the wind at anything over walking speed, and it's usually loaded so you can't turn your head arround quickly to check on your blind spot either <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> LOL

olegk21
05-19-2005, 03:45 PM
- make all cars come with stability controll<br>- make all cars come with automatic climate control<br>- make all cars capable for aftermerket stereos

anonms
05-19-2005, 09:25 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Exactly my point. A small built in rubbish compartment seems like one of those ideas that they would have thought of eaons ago. Like fresa said a bag works, but It's a dumb thing to have to do, especially when you have other people in the car. I'm not talking about a grabage can where you can dump your left-over happy meal. I mean something like a small glovebox where you can fit a small bag and dump things like receipts, gum wrappers, pieces of papers, etc. - you know those littlethings that usually end up shoved in the map pocket, some dashboard cubby, or the floor, until the next time you clean the car.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Oh. The Prius has one! It's supposedly a "storage drawer", but we use it as a rubbish bin. It slides out of the front of the center console; when pulled out, it's give or take where the transmission lever in a normalcar would be, except it's quite low on the ground. So convienient!

Reppu
05-19-2005, 11:30 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>syclone</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I could be wrong, but I think some MB models have something like that.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>No MB, facelifted Volvo S60 has it.

IcedG35
05-22-2005, 12:09 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Reppu</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>No MB, facelifted Volvo S60 has it.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Infiniti has it also on the FX, M, and Q I believe. It would make most sense to put in on the QX though...<p>TOILETS....

against the wall
05-22-2005, 01:15 PM
heres an invention i dont think anyone has:<p>how about just a regular tv WITH a dvd player. all of the cars with tvs in them only play dvds. how about some car manufacturer make a regular tv so we dont have to watch movies but maybe a tv show that we would be missing or w/e

IcedG35
05-22-2005, 01:57 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carfan223</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">heres an invention i dont think anyone has:<p>how about just a regular tv WITH a dvd player. all of the cars with tvs in them only play dvds. how about some car manufacturer make a regular tv so we dont have to watch movies but maybe a tv show that we would be missing or w/e</TD></TR></TABLE><p>They have satellite TV for cars...thats as close as you can get becuase you obviosuly cna't plug a car into a cable outlet and regular TV antennas wouldn't be strong enough or consistent as you go through different towns

Excellerator
05-22-2005, 02:42 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MBcrazE</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>TOILETS....</TD></TR></TABLE><p>First it's "are we there yet?" Now it's "where's the TP?" I wouldn't like to be a passenger in that car... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0">

krampits
05-22-2005, 03:26 PM
There is a blackbox. It is an aftermarket gudget and it's not based on GPS. I don't really know the company that makes it, but the company that brings it here is called "Electra S.A."

sc43018
05-22-2005, 05:52 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hyundai_Fan</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Why don't all cars have a feature that shuts off the engine at stoplights? It doesn't have to start when you put your foot on the gas pedal, just when you release the brakes. GM learned this with the Silverado hybrid (U.S.) </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Land Rover has a similiar idea (and i think most new PAG ZF transmissions have this) where the car shifts into neutral, which saves a very small amount of fuel and cuts back on emissions, but also saves a lot on the breaks, especially on a 2 ton vehicle. <br>i dont know much about the Silverado hybrid, but wouldnt it use more gas to start the engine again then let it sit, for sometimes, a matter of seconds?

check
05-23-2005, 12:11 AM
I like the "all four doors" having a key entry thing. How about a steering wheel that doesnt get hot even in the sun OR an option to cycle the air when all four windows are up for cooler air when the car is parked so the air inside isnt like sitting in a jet engine?

Santeno
05-23-2005, 06:40 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>check</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">an option to cycle the air when all four windows are up for cooler air when the car is parked so the air inside isnt like sitting in a jet engine?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>It already exists and a few luxury automakers offer it. Audi comes to mind. The A8 has an option where you canpurchase a strip of solar cells on the roof that power a fan that circulates air in order to prevent the car interior from turning into a furnace.

Nick
05-27-2005, 01:13 PM
BMW has that too I believe...my dad's bimmer has it...I think...Havent ever messed with it...but there is a button that says "rest" on it and I guess if you press it then it will keep the climate inside the car comfortable I guess when it is not on...then again I am not really sure, as I have said, never messed with it...not sure what it does exactly, but this is what I've heard...<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">And speaking of lights, why can't my DRLs turn off when I apply the e-brake? Having such a feature would help me out a lot. They already have one if you turn the car on afterwards, but what happens if I'm parking and put the e-brake on while the car's still running?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>my truck's drls turn off when I apply the e-brake...<p>I was thinking, this doesn't really pertain to me being that I have pretty much mastered the manual tranny, but when on a hill, I can see where some people may have a hard time dealing with hills and manual tranny's (my mom used to have a porsche and she was in san francisco for a while which is where she really got the hang of it) but I dont see why manufacturers couldn't develope like a locking mechansim that prevents the car from rolling back when on an incline when the clutch is out or the car is in neutral or whatever...I am sure it would make things a lot easier for people with manuals...I dont have a problem with it, but I can see where some people might....<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Nick at 1:20 PM 5/27/2005</i>

IcedG35
05-27-2005, 03:33 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Nick</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">BMW has that too I believe...my dad's bimmer has it...I think...Havent ever messed with it...but there is a button that says "rest" on it and I guess if you press it then it will keep the climate inside the car comfortable I guess when it is not on...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>the rest feature has nothing to do with solar panels and its a feature that has been around for almost a decarde. it simply keeps the car cool after the engine has turned off by running fans powered by the car battery. merecedes, audi, and bmw all offer teh solar panel roof i believe, but i know at least for merecedes that there is a seperate button to activate it. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I dont see why manufacturers couldn't develope like a locking mechansim that prevents the car from rolling back when on an incline when the clutch is out or the car is in neutral or whatever...I am sure it would make things a lot easier for people with manuals...I dont have a problem with it, but I can see where some people might....</TD></TR></TABLE><p>many cars have an anti-rollback feature. i'm pretty sure the new BMW's offer it as well as some lower end cars.

syclone
05-27-2005, 06:29 PM
im pretty sure subaru has a hill holding feature on some of their manuals as well

Nick
05-27-2005, 07:26 PM
I wasn't referring to the usage of solar panels, but whatever...didn't know that about BMW manuals...my dad has a manual 540 and his doesn't do that but it might be the more recent bimmers, then again, my friend's dad has a new M3 and his doesn't do it...but yea, Syclone, I think I have heard of Subaru having or developing that feature now that you mention it...

anonms
05-27-2005, 09:03 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hyundai_Fan</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Why don't all cars have a feature that shuts off the engine at stoplights? It doesn't have to start when you put your foot on the gas pedal, just when you release the brakes. GM learned this with the Silverado hybrid (U.S.) </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think the new Yaris has that as an option in Japan. Without hybrid stuff.

SV
05-28-2005, 07:39 PM
the tray tables and trash bin ideas i definitely agree with (and have thought of before); both are such simple and obvious ideas but somehow nobody's put them in a car yet. adjustable cupholders would be a good idea too, but some cars might have that already.

taskbearer
05-28-2005, 08:51 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sc43018</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>i dont know much about the Silverado hybrid, but wouldnt it use more gas to start the engine again then let it sit, for sometimes, a matter of seconds?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>apparently, the amount of energy it takes to start a car after the engine is warmed up is equal to idling for 3-4seconds, so most cars with stop-start function turn of the engine only after 3 seconds so saving you some valuable amount of fuel for long stops.<p>My Idea is not necessarily an invention but has not been applied in production yet. Why not make a door for luxury cars that cuts into the roof so ingress and egress would be a lot easier.

IcedG35
05-30-2005, 01:12 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>taskbearer</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><br>My Idea is not necessarily an invention but has not been applied in production yet. Why not make a door for luxury cars that cuts into the roof so ingress and egress would be a lot easier.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>it would probably weaken the car a great deal. also, as companies keep putting wider and basically bigger sunroofs on cars and trucks, there is less room for the roof structure as it is. I think the MB Gullwing is as close as you're getting.