The Motorcar Idiocracy

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Posted in category Automobile Industry

Oh this is so good. Eric Peters on new car “features” run amok. It’s a short list of factual assessments that may not seem exciting at first, but it provides some very useful information. He doesn’t mention the “driverless cars” that the Idiocracy salivates over, but he’s addressed that in whole articles. The worst ever new car eff-up, I mean feature, is the unreliable touch screen technology that is replacing standard buttons and levers and knobs that always work. ‘Tis why I drive an 11-year-old car, and before that, I held on to my 1994 pick-up until the engine bearings started to quit after 14.5 years and 250k miles. I despise so much of this inefficient, costly, unreliable new technology (like touch screens) that does not add true value, but rather, is geared toward sparking amusement and perceived convenience amongst the dumbed-down car-buying crowd. And I really like Eric’s comments about the pathetic profusion of barbarian, gigantic wheels as carmakers attempt to appease (or sway) the philistine masses.

20 inch (and larger) wheels:

This ghetto inspired trend has reached the apotheosis of stupidity. Everyone seems to want their car – or SUV – to look like a Suge Knight Special.

Man, I can’t wait to not drive my futuristic-driverless, Google-controlled motorcar with a government-mandated black box data recorder and a set of hopped-up 28″ wheels. It may not be cost-efficient, safe, or reliable, but I’ll look cool. You can bet I’ll be wearing my Google glasses, too.

 

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3 Responses to The Motorcar Idiocracy

  1. George says:

    February 7th, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Indeed. Want a hobby that morphs into a decent living? Start patching vintage cars. And the mid-century brick ranch homes that until recently were passe? They will increasingly attract folks who want solid construction at a decent price. Time to get the tools out.

  2. Bill Buth says:

    February 7th, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Great link… one other thing driving auto ‘innovation’ is the increasing CAFE standards. Our beloved leaders really believe they can create higher mileage cars by simply mandating it. The result is increasing computerization, resulting in more complication, higher initial cost, and MUCH higher repair costs. Would you buy an 8 year old Prius? Another manifestation of higher CAFE standards is the increasing use of turbochargers and superchargers, which again, add to the cost and complexity; also, the use of lighter weight (aluminum and carbon-fiber), and thus more expensive, materials. And, the proliferation of automated ride control, traction control, ABS, etc., (Mercedes has an automatic transmission that, by using a sophisticated GPS system, anticipates shift changes by reading the road ahead), is creating cars that will be ‘drive-by-wire, similar to modern ‘fly-by-wire’ fighter planes and commercial jets, that would be impossible to fly without the aid of computers. The saddest part of this has already happened, though, and that is that all the complications of our modern cars has rendered them virtually unrepairable by anyone except those with the expensive diagnostic equipment that can charge accordingly.

  3. Blake says:

    February 11th, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I will never buy a new car again. I don’t desire to ever own the product mandated by know-nothing safety Nazis and Enviro Nazis being marketed as “cars” nowadays.
    I don’t need Tire Pressure Monitoring, 12 airbags, “Smart” airbags, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Camera, Rear Cross Path Detection, Direct Injection, Turbochargers or Multiple Turbochargers, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, “Smart” Airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, “Active” braking, parallel park assist, or the scores of other “must have” features of the typical new $30,000+ depreciating asset.
    This pains me – because I used to be a car guy. As an engineer in the industry for 20+ years, cars are a shell of their former selves, bloated and ugly. Funny how the enviro nazis mandate ludicrous CAFÉ standards while the safety Nazis mandate ludicrous impact standards – causing cars to pork out faster than the food pyramid caused American’s waistline to do the same. The safety Nazis are the same people as the enviro Nazis – yet their mandates are mutually exclusive.
    Here’s a feature I’d like to see: Many new cars already have forward looking radar (for adaptive cruise and “active” braking). Why not use the software to scream through the audio system: “The car ahead of you left when the light changed to green 5 seconds ago – stop tweeting and step on the gas – fucktard.”
    Automatic ejector seat for those morons who leave 2 car lengths space in front of them at a red light (like – fucking everybody nowadays). Thanks for leaving space for anyone get into the left turn lane or right turn lane. These people must leave 2 cars spaces at zero MPH, and the same distance at 80 mph.
    Are they teaching this in driver’s ed or something?
    WTF?
    I could go on…

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