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gsmith120   10/23/2012 1:03:17 PM
Oh!! Now I can see the importance of the LEDs.  At first, I was felt like Beth but akwaman you have made me see the lights.  lol I have found that lights within my car due to my rider distracting or even from other cars, this is a nice solution or at least option. 

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naperlou   10/23/2012 10:54:33 AM
Beth, I agree, the LED interior lights are silly.  They are very much like the after market lights that appeared on cars which lit the road under the car in various colors.  It is an attempt to be different by the drivers. 

I really liked the autonomous vehicle competition by Freescale using vision sensors.  I look at the automomous vehicle projects going on and they often involve lots of exotic sensors.  We drive with just the vision sensor, for the most part, and generally do well. 

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akwaman   10/23/2012 9:20:36 AM
Beth, you are right about the graphics, which are always a plus in any navigation system.  The LEDs are important because they provide low power lighting.  In addition to that, using LED technology with different light colors can be important during different driving conditions, whether it be the headlights or the interior lights.  For instance, if someone in your car needs the interior light on while moving, the conventional way is to turn on a bright yellowish light that is very distracting to the driver.  Instead, with LEDs, you could have the option to turn on a bluish light, which could provide light to the passeger and not distract the driver as much.  Alternatively, on the headlights, different color LED lights work better in the fog and snow, vs a clear night.

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Beth Stackpole   10/23/2012 8:37:46 AM
Love the NVIDA graphics boost to GPS. Making map information more 3D-like would definitely have benefits in terms of communicating location and directions. Still don't get the LED interior lighting capabilities. Seems like a simple showing off of technology rather than delivering any real functionality/value.

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