Wednesday, September 17, 2008

How Much Car Tech Is Too Much Car Tech?

Technology in a car isn't necessarily a bad thing. At one point, inflated rubber tires were considered new technology. But the transfer of the silicon chip to the automobile has led to innovations in the way we interface with vehicles. Just today we announced the Volt will sense how far you are from home and adjust your driving; the 1-Series will have in-car Google search; even your NY Driver's License will be electronic. Fuel injection is awesome but how much car tech is too much car tech?

On the driving side there's ESP, DTS, ATC, VTEC, i-VTEC, MIVEC, OPP. For passengers, you've got MP3 compatibility, GPS, Bluetooth, XM, Sirius TravelLink, DVD players and HAL. What's good. What's bad? What can a purist accept? What must a purist eschew? Where's the line?


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