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Fra78
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Re: Suicide doors
Fra78   4/1/2013 10:39:37 AM
On the Rolls-Royce, adequate safety measures are provided (and safety had to be demonstrated to the certification authorities). Added is power closing...

Note that this feature is reserved to the owner : aft doors on the sedan and front doors on the coupé only....

The Smart is a wonderful car : as much space as a Mercedes class E for the driver and drives like a go-kart ! Only drawback : the gearbox on the gas version is a bit sluggish,

wheely
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Re: LaneWatch
wheely   4/1/2013 12:26:32 PM
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 Cameras....added technology for no reason again. It's good to know at least two other people know how to adjust mirrors. I laugh at the people who's face I can see in their side mirrors, you know they are clueless head turners.

 

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Re: LaneWatch
Charles Murray   4/1/2013 6:55:50 PM
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I agree with you, TJ. Many years ago, when I tried Cadillac's Night Vision technology, I found myself driving in fear. I worried that I would be looking at the Night Vision screen when I drove off the road.

bob from maine
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Re: Dream car
bob from maine   4/2/2013 10:49:14 AM
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Learned to drive in a '58 Chevy BelAir, 283, 3 on the tree. Bought a 56 VW Beetle, 1200CC, 4 on the floor. I discovered that the perception of acceleration was relative! Dream car was my '61 Jag XKE followed by a '58 Mercedes 280 SL. I want the Jag back! Again, perception of acceleration was relative. The Merc was probably a little faster off the line but the Jag was ever so much more entertaining. Suicide doors make sense in a Rolls. The object is to get the driver and passenger the opportunity to enter and egress with grace and dignity. As far as cameras go, what ever happened to situational awareness? I love to drive, no matter the platform and I check mirrors virtually constantly. If a vehicle exists in my blind-spot, it must have been transported from the Enterprise because in any other circumstance I'd have seen it. Camera's would seem to detract from situational awareness, not contribute to it.

 

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