Top 5: Half-baked car technologies



we're awash in a lot of amazing technologies in cars these days much of it transformational and a lot of it crap not that the ideas aren't good but a lot of it's got a little ways to go to be ready for primetime so let's take a look at my top five list of in-car tech that is not quite ready to come out of the oven yet there are so many that came to mind I'm actually going to give you a bonus and start with number six and that would be so-called keyless access now let me get this right car keys have become bigger heavier require batteries and are far more expensive to replace also we can carry them around and not ever touch them that's not keyless access that's something weird keyless access needs to progress soon to be something based on our phones clearly but with a backup path that might be biometric on the outside of the car as long as you still have power or to be honest we're still gonna need the flat metal key for when the thing is completely dead and I just got to get in number five or all these newfangled ways of changing the gear you're in we're getting knobs we're getting push buttons we're getting all these things that are a little more nuanced than the old PRM DL lever now I got at the old lever with a linkage wastes a lot of valuable interior space but some of these new ways of doing the same thing require me to think a little too much and look and confirm they're too subtle something like reverse a park or drive has high stakes around it it should be something I can positively engage with a little muscle memory and feel alone number four is a technology that I have great hope for just not too crazy about it right now and that is the head-up display in most cases it varies somewhere between being useless and obvious we haven't got the full fruition here yet now coming soon look for cars like the new Lexus LS and even the new Camry to push the boundaries on the size of a head-up display that'll be one big marched forward the next wave will start to borrow techniques from augmented reality allowing indications and augmentation to be in contextual location on the windshield in other words they'll sit where they should be to tell me about what I'm seeing outside the glass it won't be long from now when the windshield is doing more than keeping out just bugs and rain number three is current lane departure technology which is a little bit of lane departure you know sometimes it will beep at you with a beat that sounds like every other beep or it'll prevent you from making a lane change that you do want to make you just didn't feel like turning on the turn signal these systems have to get better about scanning the traffic around you not just the line and what kind of a line you're crossing what color how many of them are there what's it's dotted miss also I think gaze detection has to fold in here pretty soon so the vehicle can start to understand what am I looking at and thinking as I make that lane change do I want to do that or am I actually asleep [Applause] number two gets my goat all the time it's auto start/stop technology one day we're gonna look back at this and say who the hell came up with that idea even in some very pricey cars you'll find this and it makes the car feel like you're driving a wet dog after a bath shakes the whole thing from nose to tail not pleasant now it does work it does save fuel and reduce emissions but there's got to be a better way and that will come with increased hybridization so cars will do their single digit speeds under electric motor and then while they're under way very very transparently refire the combustion engine now before I take you to el sucko numero uno here is one that definitely is not in that list automatic emergency braking I think it's the biggest innovation in safety since the airbag anti-lock brakes and stability control and the feds agree it's why they've gotten car makers to basically go wall-to-wall on this in just a few short years now yes it does have some false positives from time to time and it's not gonna catch every instance where you should break and don't know it but there's almost no downside it's almost always accretive to safety this one's sharp the number one half-baked technology in cars today has to be that center stack interface car makers and their suppliers still think they're pretty good at this and basically they're not now here's the thing they make it dig through menus to do simple things or use stilted voice command that makes you ponder what is the difference between idiot imbecile and moron it's in your dash one way or the other this is what Apple and Google do so well they always will they're better at UI and they know me better than you will now I get it car makers you don't like them very much because they're trying to steal the relationship between you and the buyers of your cars but there's got to be a middle ground somewhere where you can both harvest me and all I ask is don't make me dig through a menu so I can turn up the navigation prompts or top five lists to wait the car lover go to see net on cars comm click on top five

40 Comments

  1. legioner9 said:

    Many features from new cars are useless and only a reason for the seller to ask for more money when you buy the car. How could people drive 10-20 years ago, when lane assist, auto brake, self driving and auto start-stop were not all over the place? For me, driving must be a pleasure. You are not a good driver if you do not like to drive. Simple as that. The researchers who invented these "driving assist" systems definetly do not like to drive. And do not want to pay attention to the road enough.

    June 26, 2019
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  2. Bob C said:

    Right on #1. 2013 Equinox, less than 50000 miles. $1450.00 to fix a totally dead radio and display. Thanks Chevy.😣

    June 26, 2019
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  3. John Donaldson said:

    I have too many years with a shift knob on a post to change. I really miss having a traditional shift lever that I can grab and slam into my choice of gear. Our Honda Clarity shift panel takes up too much space and even after a year of daily driving isn't intuitive for me.

    June 26, 2019
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  4. Edward Lee said:

    @2:50 "gays detection"? So like.. a "gaydar"? (yes, I stole it from Ellen).

    June 26, 2019
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  5. 144Donn said:

    I generally do not like "tech" in cars. I have given a total pass to Tesla..which will hopefully be my next car. But I drive a Z31..and have driven Z cars for the last 30 years.

    June 26, 2019
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  6. Manolo Corsetti said:

    Gays detection is the future. This way ill known who i definitely shouldnt tail gate

    June 26, 2019
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  7. Seth Stark said:

    Even if there is no traffic around you, always use your turn signal. You never know if someone is in your blind spot, or whatever the case may be. Turn signals exist for a reason. Use them. Always.

    June 26, 2019
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  8. Inorite said:

    Auto start/stop, depending on the driving conditions (better in the city, not so much in the countryside) can increase up to 15% in additional fuel savings.

    June 26, 2019
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  9. zhbvenkhoReload said:

    I drive solely manual transmission cars

    June 26, 2019
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  10. JG said:

    Once again – good job Brian. Please, please, please go on a thoughtful rant about the need to outlaw all touch controls in cars. Mechanical knobs and buttons need to be made the only legal method for use in an autos interior. When voice controls are perfected, these can be considered.

    June 26, 2019
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  11. gio957 said:

    head up display are gimmicks.

    June 26, 2019
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  12. Commander Erik said:

    I wish the HUD can display song's lyrics so i can sing along, cuz i can never remember lyrics.
    Also I hate the collision warning in my car, it beeps way too often every time i get close to a car in front of me or if the car in front of me reduced speed but i didn't do it quick enough, so i turned it off.

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  13. a.black.cummins said:

    What happened to cars. I remember cars being a metal box with a big engine and a 6 speed tranny.

    June 26, 2019
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  14. TheDutchGuy110 said:

    the start-stop function actually wastes fuel and wears the engine out by having to restart everytime

    June 26, 2019
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  15. مقبرة الغزاة said:

    Lol I thought this had to with weed in some sort

    June 26, 2019
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  16. Cliff Lee said:

    I hope this guy is not promoting to not using your turn indicators?

    Too too many fail to use their blinkers while changing lanes.

    I can not read minds.

    Watch his section on lane departure.

    June 26, 2019
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  17. Bas Eisinga said:

    My moms v60 brakes every time its coming in hot into a parking space onto a wall but when a kid runs over the parking lot (which it isn’t supposed to do) it doesn’t brake 🤯

    June 26, 2019
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  18. Stigs stupid cousin said:

    meh,. you forgot the voice recognition

    June 26, 2019
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  19. Nolan .L said:

    All about safety, but sometimes you're to lazy to use your turn signal. Makes sense. #babyboomerlogic

    June 26, 2019
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  20. Dan C said:

    Cars have been advancing since the intro of the Ford Model T. We dont have to go outside and crank engine with a handle to start it. And most cars even from the 50s 60s and 70s had a lot of new tech that nobody ever complained about. Starter motors, Power windows, a/c, power seats, automatic trans, and many other advancements. Fact is, most people from this generation wouldn't know the first thing about driving a model T, because they learned to drive in an advanced car. Now its decades later and the pattern stays the same so deal with it.

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  21. cam said:

    In my 7 serious the auto stop start is not bad sometimes I don't even remember I have it on

    June 26, 2019
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  22. Zee Abdo said:

    All you are hating on the no signal but what if no one is there? You legal dont have to signal unless it affects someone else. And it blind spot monitor "obviously you would have one if you had a lane keep assist feature" would tell u if there some one u dont see!

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  23. Stefan said:

    Yeah, I want gays detection

    June 26, 2019
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  24. polymorphic88 said:

    Putting side turn signal indicator from the side near to front wheel to side mirror is a dumb changes/revolution.

    June 26, 2019
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  25. Jason Vandervalk said:

    Its all garbage! If your driving! Drive the car dont let the car drive you!

    June 26, 2019
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  26. Raskolnikov1989 said:

    Basically "I'M MURRICAN AND THIS IS MUH FREEDUMS, KEEP YOUR FANCY MODERN STUFF AWAY FROM ME!"
    "CAR KEYS BECAME BIGGER AND HEAVIER", a regular American weights around a half of a ton, it shouldn't be a big difference, right?

    June 26, 2019
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  27. Bose de-Nage said:

    You tell em! They started thinking they are making mobile phones rather than cars. The technology should be hidden like abs

    June 26, 2019
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  28. Joel Gibson said:

    omg this guy sucks

    June 26, 2019
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  29. Rie Kumar said:

    The BMW shifter is awesome, I don't know what you're talking about.

    June 26, 2019
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  30. ponkkaa said:

    As I get older I find that I dislike looking away from the Road more and. more. luckily I've been able to memorize all of the buttons on my steering wheel. so I never have to look away from where I'm going. digging through your radio menus while you're driving is not only stupid it should be illegal. Also known as distracted driving

    June 26, 2019
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  31. WolfireGaming said:

    Yeah, no, if you don't want to turn on your turn signal, then you're not allowed to change lanes. End of story.

    June 26, 2019
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  32. Dan Latta said:

    Really think the auto stop/start should have been listed as number 1. Fuel savings and emissions are negligible and engine wear is dramatically increased as your car is constantly turned off and on. The used car market in 3-4 years will be filled with cars that have severely worn motors and that will dramatically affect emissions and gas conservation.

    June 26, 2019
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  33. Patrick Comerford said:

    I'm a Auto tech for rental car company and see a lot of manufacturers. Ford's sync system has really improved over the years vs a lot of others. Agreed on the key thing. Keys and reprogramming keys is just ridiculously complicated and expensive. I also think the more safety you put into the car the worse the drivers become because they don't understand the tech. Stop start is dumb and we get so many unnecessary complaints on it for lack of communication with customers.

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  34. Jack Carter said:

    Ok, I disagree with his changing lanes thing, but completely agree with everything else. Yeah, let’s make the car shut off when you stop so you can’t get out of situations like someone about to rear-end you – all to save a couple ounces of gas per tank. No thank you. And touchscreen displays? Super distracting, not to mention frustrating. The easiest solution would be to just drive the damn car and put your phone/digital life away for half an hour.

    June 26, 2019
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  35. Shenghong Zhang said:

    The best solution?
    Get rid of all these.
    DRIVE your car, don't let it drive you. Or wait for the autonomous cars so you don't have to drive at all.

    June 26, 2019
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  36. Si_Vis_Pacem Para_Bellum said:

    I absolutely HATE those new gear shifters. My least favorite is BMW 😂 Land Rovers, I can somehow get use to it, but I personally need positive engagement to be extra sure lol

    June 26, 2019
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  37. ahongzbilly said:

    am i the only one that don't like the newer car technologies ?

    June 26, 2019
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  38. Christian Sanchez said:

    Really? Don’t feel like using turn signal?? Seems like a whole video of truly unsupported cry baby rants

    June 26, 2019
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  39. The Unnamed said:

    1:52 pontiac had the best heads up displays

    June 26, 2019
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  40. Baylor58 Duncan said:

    How much gas does auto stop start save real world ? Especially when every make has a disable or workaround ? Trash tech just to beat CAFE std.

    June 26, 2019
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