Pretty, Pretty!

A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to visit the Denver Auto Show, and check out the latest additions to the market by the different car manufacturers. It wasn’t the best or more extensive presentation that could be but, hey…it’s Denver, not Paris!

Besides the usual new models that will replace the actual ones now on the road, there were some nicely restored collector cars (two or three), some very aggressively adapted pick up trucks (those you need a ladder to get inside), and a couple of chrome and leather carrying bikes…you know…those that like to imitate thunder in a sunny day.

What surprised me the most was the very commonly added computer screens and extensive array of buttons and controls over the center console in the majority of the vehicles. It seems the convenience of centralizing all kind of information (GPS, vehicle status, environmental information, climate control, music selection, etc) has become the norm for the new models, only denied to those basic and cheaper models of the line. Those vehicles also had several buttons located in the steering wheel to control the stereo and the cruise control system.

Do we read the owner’s manual in every device we buy? At the other hand, is it a car or the Millennium Falcon?

I can understand the need for information; personally I like to know what’s going on with the car at all times while driving, but it seems too much for the majority of trips people make (including myself).

It becomes like a very expensive and technological decoration, to make the car look and the driver feel of driving the “latest”, no matter what it is. Driving around with a very cool screen ON in the center console of the car and a complete array of buttons and knobs, surrounded by a tiny line of neon light: The future is here!

Does anybody use all the possibilities those system gives?

I must admit, it looks pretty futuristic; the perfect console to impress friends, family and sporadic new acquaintances! But the point is; are all these new systems a necessity or just the elements to turn a transport device into a luxury toy that appeals to our child senses? Has it become a way for us to show off when there’s no other element of pride to show?

Do we buy our pride in comfortable monthly payments?

Makes me wonder…

What’s your take on this?


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8 Responses to Pretty, Pretty!

  1. Hi Raul,
    I think that I can’t buy a latest digitally equipped car in coming 10 years because these are so much expensive for me right now.
    So, I will prefer to buy a car with compulsory digital equipments
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Nazim,

    They are expensive, no doubt! The difference in prices between the full equiped car and the standard one was like half the price. From 30 k to 15 k USD!

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  2. Kelvin Kao says:

    This is actually a lot like the smart-phone-dumb-phone debate!
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Kelvin,

    There are times when I miss those black phones with a wheel with holes over every number. It took patience and ceremony to dial someones’s number. Just calling someone received the proper respect of inter-communication :)

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  3. Sara says:

    Boy, do I like this post:~) I just bought a new car and the sales people all tried to convince me of all the gadgets I could get on my car…at an extra price mind you.

    As I have difficulty just figuring out to set the clock, I don’t enjoy having too many things to learn or to watch. I prefer to keep things like this to the basics. As it, my manual would take a course of study should I decide to read the whole thing. Of course, I will not do this, but instead, run to it the next time some odd icon lights up in my car:~)

    Great post, Raul!
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Sara,

    And that seems to be what happen to most people! I guess the young ones would be those who can use most of the possibilities.

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  4. Patricia says:

    It think it will be a long time until we purchase a new car, we are hoping for a better train system here…I have my mum’s car, well we bought it together when she had need of a driver and wheel chairs etc. I love the cruise control because then i get 54 mpg on the freeway – good for a station wagon. The only other luxury item I like is the heated moveable seats and ac for the desert drive times. I can keep the pain in my knees at bay with the heat and being able to adjust the seats as I drive…even the back area.
    I think all the bells and whistles are just that – another way to control the mind and distract. I did some of my best thinking as a child sitting in the back seat, while my father drove to the next University he was teaching summer school at….Denver, Boulder, Stanford, Montreal, Toronto, NYC, – no ac and no DVD player…great thinking time and camping experiences :)
    Nice post – made me think about what was important to me
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Patricia,

    I do like and use cruise control all the times. It helps me to avoid speeding without realizing it.

    Sometimes I wonder if the TV screen in the back of some vehicles is for the children or for the parent’s comfort.

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