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Slideshow: A Day at the NY Auto Show
3/29/2013

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While the picture doesn't do it justice, you get the idea. Images projected onto this car-under-cover looked like a real car.
While the picture doesn’t do it justice, you get the idea. Images projected onto this car-under-cover looked like a real car.

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Charles Murray
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LaneWatch
Charles Murray   3/29/2013 7:11:33 PM
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I'd like to try the LaneWatch camera, Rich. I, too, wonder about its intuitiveness. In terms of intutiveness, I hope it's better than Cadillac's old night vision technology from a few years back, which was not easy to use and bombed in the market.

Pubudu
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Pubudu   3/31/2013 4:12:30 AM
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 To be very honest I haven't been any auto show in my life time any way Richard you have given me som of your experience through this thanks,

Any way I feel this will be the future cars in near future which use electric as a power source than the fuel 

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Re: LaneWatch
TJ McDermott   3/31/2013 4:40:02 PM
Charles, I do not understand the need for this technology.  If mirrors are set correctly, there is no blind spot.  If one can see the sides of your own vehicle, then they aren't set properly.

Properly set mirrors show a car approaching in the center rear view mirror.  As it disappears from the rear view mirror, it is just appearing in the side view mirror.  As it disappears from that mirror, the nose of the car is in your peripheral vision.  Where's the blind spot?  The car was in continuous view.

 

sdoyle
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Re: LaneWatch
sdoyle   4/1/2013 9:41:03 AM
I couldn't agree more about properly setting your mirrors to remove blind spots.  I also put small convex mirrors in the corners of my mirrors and you can use those as a quick look reference.  It takes a little getting used to the mirrors in the new positions, but once you understand how to use them and how much safer it is, you'll never go back.  I showed my wife and now she insists on the same mirror setup.  You'll never need to crank your neck around to look behind you again!  And at this point, I would rather have set my mirrors and add on two $2 mirrors than pay for some $3k non-intuitive camera system.


I see that several companies have finally started to add in the additional mirror as part of the standard package. Very nice!

wheely
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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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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.

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Favorite car
naperlou   3/31/2013 9:05:29 PM
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Rich, the Porsche is really nice.  My favorite car from that period is the Dino Ferrari.  I fisrt saw one in London when I was a teenager.  It was fantastic.

notarboca
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Car Wishes
notarboca   3/31/2013 10:16:22 PM
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If I had my choice, I'd like a '48 Tucker Torpedo-a car ahead of its time.  Or a Hemi powered '69 Dodge Challenger, but there's no reason to get greedy.

ChriSharek
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gas is for classics like this . . .
ChriSharek   4/1/2013 9:11:02 AM
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1953 Corvette would be my dream car.  Again, gas is for classics like this.  NOT for new cars.  The ICE is a relic that should be in the history museums! 

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Favorite Car
DMACRIA   4/1/2013 9:40:06 AM
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For me it would have to be a 1966 Shelby AC Cobra with a 427 power plant. That would take a few minutes off the grocery run, if I lived through it.

jhankwitz
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Suicide doors
jhankwitz   4/1/2013 10:22:50 AM
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Looking at the Rolls Royce and noticing how the door opens the opposite of what we're used to brings back memories of terror.  The rear doors on our 1948 Packard were hinged on the rear.  The door was a bit ajar, and I wanted to close it.  Being very young, I didn't know that opening it and hanging onto the door handle would fling me into oncoming traffic.  I trust they have adequate safeguards built into this modern vehicle.

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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,

jhankwitz
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Dream car
jhankwitz   4/1/2013 10:37:25 AM
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I learned to drive in my all-time dream car, a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan. 390 ci 325 hp, air conditioning, air suspension, stereo FM radio, and dashboard dial controlled cruise control.  All leading edge at the time, and oh, what a boat.

bob from maine
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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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