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Old 07 Nov 2006, 12:13 am   #1 (permalink)
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What's up with the parking assist for Lexus? I don't know about you
guys but I wouldn't put my money on that.

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Old 08 Nov 2006, 04:18 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"EdV" <edramirventura@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> What's up with the parking assist for Lexus? I don't know about you
> guys but I wouldn't put my money on that.


Nor I. I think these "helpers" are a little like the thing on the
Cadillacs that automatically disengages the parking brake when you put the
car in gear. It's for people who are either too poorly trained in driving,
or are too old or dumb to drive. I'd sooner see them hire a chauffeur and
sit in the back seat. I think we may make things too easy for people of
marginal ability....I once met a German lady who told me her driving test in
Germany included having to perform the changing of a tire...She had to get
the jack from the trunk, jack up the car, remove the tire and install the
spare competently! I think most Americans couldn't do this at all, yet we
let them have licenses.
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Old 08 Nov 2006, 04:31 pm   #3 (permalink)
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mack wrote:
> "EdV" <edramirventura@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1162879999.569634.48460@h48g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
>> What's up with the parking assist for Lexus? I don't know about you
>> guys but I wouldn't put my money on that.

>
> Nor I. I think these "helpers" are a little like the thing on the
> Cadillacs that automatically disengages the parking brake when you put the
> car in gear. It's for people who are either too poorly trained in driving,
> or are too old or dumb to drive. I'd sooner see them hire a chauffeur and
> sit in the back seat. I think we may make things too easy for people of
> marginal ability....I once met a German lady who told me her driving test in
> Germany included having to perform the changing of a tire...She had to get
> the jack from the trunk, jack up the car, remove the tire and install the
> spare competently! I think most Americans couldn't do this at all, yet we
> let them have licenses.
>

Pity the poor marketing guys at the car makers. They have to come up
with things that will distinguish their product from the others. I can
remember hokey things like automatic high-beam controllers, and the old
Plymouth push button gear selectors, the backward doors that killed so
many, ...
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Old 08 Nov 2006, 07:59 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Stubby" <William.Plummer-NOSPAM-@alum.mit.edu> wrote in message
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I can
> remember hokey things like automatic high-beam controllers, and the old
> Plymouth push button gear selectors, the backward doors that killed so
> many, ...


ah yes, the late lamented "suicide" doors, which opened INTO the wind at
speed, often sucking out anyone who had the bad luck to be holding onto the
door handle at the time the door flung itself open. They were common in
the 30s, and even appeared on the 60s Lincoln Continentals as I recall.
But only on the back doors, so people sitting in the rear seats were not
right on top of the door, as in the front seat.


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Old 08 Nov 2006, 09:07 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"mack" <mackerel@dslextreme.com> wrote in message
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> I once met a German lady who told me her driving test in Germany included
> having to perform the changing of a tire...She had to get the jack from
> the trunk, jack up the car, remove the tire and install the spare
> competently! I think most Americans couldn't do this at all, yet we let
> them have licenses.


Did she tell you what year that was?


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Old 08 Nov 2006, 10:29 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"mack" <mackerel@dslextreme.com> wrote in message
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> "Stubby" <William.Plummer-NOSPAM-@alum.mit.edu> wrote in message
> news:e_6dnax0q90px8_YnZ2dnUVZ_sGdnZ2d@comcast.com. ..
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>>

> I can
>> remember hokey things like automatic high-beam controllers, and the old
>> Plymouth push button gear selectors, the backward doors that killed so
>> many, ...

>
> ah yes, the late lamented "suicide" doors, which opened INTO the wind at
> speed, often sucking out anyone who had the bad luck to be holding onto
> the door handle at the time the door flung itself open. They were common
> in the 30s, and even appeared on the 60s Lincoln Continentals as I recall.
> But only on the back doors, so people sitting in the rear seats were not
> right on top of the door, as in the front seat.


Subaru had an early model in the US with suicide doors. Rated unacceptable
by Consumer Reports.


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