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Thu Oct 11, 2018, 04:17 AM

What's new -- and what's missing -- in your next new car

Automakers are continually making changes in vehicles. These can be technological breakthroughs, such as the automatic emergency braking systems that are increasingly becoming standard on new cars. Some are mandated changes, such as a federal requirement that all vehicles have backup cameras, which went into effect in May.

At times, the shifts reflect consumer electronic trends. Cassette players in cars gave way to in-dash CD systems, which started disappearing from cars when Bluetooth streaming music arrived.

Many of these feature swaps donít get a lot of fanfare, so you might not always realize whatís come and gone until youíre shopping for a new car. Hereís an overview.

IN: Keyless start

This feature allows drivers to start their cars while keeping the key in their pockets or purses. Itís often paired with a keyless access system that allows entry into the car without pushing any buttons on the key fob.

Keyless start systems may pose a danger if youíre not careful: Some owners have forgotten to shut off their cars in attached garages, leading to more than 24 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning since 2006, according to the New York Times. Newer systems do a better job of alerting you if the key moves too far away from the car while the engine is still on.

OUT: Keyed ignition

Itís falling out of favor. In 2008, keyed ignition systems were standard in 89 percent of new cars. Now, theyíre in just 38 percent.

Much more: https://wtop.com/consumer-news/2018/10/whats-new-_-and-whats-missing-_-in-your-next-new-car/

This undated photo provided by Mercedes-Benz shows an LCD screen in the 2019 A 220 4Matic Sedan. The screen is an example of a trend: digital gauges replacing analog ones in vehicle instrument panels. Digital gauges are customizable and can display more information than traditional gauges. (Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz via AP)

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Rhiannon12866 Oct 2018 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 2018 #1
Rhiannon12866 Oct 2018 #2
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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:11 AM

1. I just bought a 2017 Honda Fit.

It has the keyless ignition. I'm still not totally used to it, but so far turning off the car as I exit is fully automatic. As it should be for everyone, regardless of what kind of vehicle they have. I gather that some of the higher end vehicles with keyless ignition are supposed to shut off automatically when you get a certain distance from the car. For me that's exactly the sort of thing I don't trust. Heck, I don't trust the interior or exterior lights to shut off automatically and always spend that extra time making sure it happens.

That said, I truly love my keyless ignition. I'd been driving a 2004 Honda Civic since 2006, and I was long since ready for a replacement car. Recently I achieved the financial wherewithal to make it happen. Yes! I had actually hoped to buy a brand new Fit, but a couple of months ago they disappeared from the dealers. I learned that there was a flood in the factory in Mexico that makes them for the U.S. market. Darn. A couple of days after I visited my local Honda dealership I got a call from the salesman telling me they had just gotten in a 2017 on a trade, and I should give it a test drive. So I went in, fully planning to say I'd hold off for a new vehicle. But in the process of the test drive and discussing various things I learned that the 2017 was the last year Honda was installing a CD player. Excuse me? Not every single person in North America is abandoning real CDs for the digital equivalent. Two or three times a year I go on a road trip and check out books on CD from my local library to listen to while driving. I really, REALLY wish that people who design things like these cars would understand that not everyone has put all of their music and all of their books on their Ipad or their phone. Sigh. Anyway, it was the CD thing that made me buy this car and I'm currently very happy with it. Maybe in a decade or so when I purchase the replacement car I'll have fully switched over to digital, but for now, this is perfect. Heck, I even went on line and purchased a bunch of CDs of my favorite groups to listen to while driving around town.

My own idiosyncrasies aside, I really want to see a time travel story in which the time traveller complains A LOT about not having a cell phone or the internet or you tube or whatever. I'm old enough that I came of age long before such stuff, and if you sent me back before 1995 or so I'd be complaining a great deal and all of the time.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 05:28 AM

2. I rented a Nissan Altima awhile back that had a keyless ignition

I found it a little unsettling, especially since there was some sort of issue when we were out of state when there was a period it didn't work - I still don't understand why. But I asked someone I know who has it and she loves it, has never had a problem. And then I had to replace my 2001 Pontiac last year and I'm still getting used to the bells and whistles. I'm not all that fond of getting phone calls on my dashboard, I could dispense with that.

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Thu Oct 11, 2018, 06:21 AM

3. Phone calls on your dashboard? Sounds like Blue Tooth or something like that was engaged.

I am not yet ready for that kind of thing, and right now I'm safe because I have a very dumb phone, and even though I'm quite fond of it, it's not capable of very much. It makes and receives calls, makes and receives texts. Other than that, it can't do anything.

The down side about having an older car these days is that the technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. Not like, if this were 1998 and you were replacing your 1981 whatever. While I love my keyless entry, I still keep on looking for the place to insert the key to start the car, or want to take a key out when I arrive at my destination. It's only been two weeks, and I'm still in awe of the technology. I know that soon enough I'll take all of this for granted. Oh, and with my particular car it does not shut off automatically. I need to press the same button that starts it to turn it off, and I think that's a good idea. Especially having read some horror stories about cars not turning off and the carbon monoxide killing everyone in the home.

Several years ago I was muttering that it was probably not a good idea to be driving a 20 year old car. Mine wasn't yet that old, and plenty of reasonable people might disagree with me, but I will still stick to that standard. Actually, I hope to replace this current care no more than ten years down the road, if I'm still driving.

Oh, and speaking mainly for myself, I'm trying very hard not to be a crabby old lady who complains about everything. It can be hard to restrain myself, but I'm working on it.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 07:41 AM

4. There are apps that prevent incoming calls while you are driving.

-- negative is that it also stops such calls when you are a passenger.

The caller can over-ride in an emergency.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2018, 04:45 PM

5. Yeah, yeah, yeah ... all nice, until it has to be serviced

Then it's $$$$.

Even my 18 year old VW. When the auto door locks went there was no back-up -- couldn't lock the dang car. Needed a gizmo from VW that was no longer made. Same with the key fob. Found one on eBay to my good fortune. As did my mechanic with the gizmo to power the locks.

Give me simple. It lasted. And NO, I DO NOT want a new car.

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