If you have front and rear DRLs then you might as well have your low beam switched on as surely that has the same safety function? TBH I have no idea if the Jeep has the "bendy" headlights as we very seldom drive at night unless an emergency.
The DRL's on my 2014, Santa Fe are on, until I switch on the main headlamps, they are also well away fro the headlamps.
It’s not just top end cars it’s on our little 2017 Kia Rio and it’s larger sibling the2021 Xceed. Only activated it once on the Rio and it did work as I approached the garage quicker than it thought prudent. Both cars I’ve set to medium response, whatever that means. 😂I don’t have this on the new car but the Vovo did have City Safety. I had the car for 7 years and not once did it operate. Which demonstrates I must have been paying attention as I never hit anyone.
There are some funny YouTube videos of people seeing if they had the nerve to test it out. One uses a blow up car. And the Volvo stopped. A lot of top end cars have it now. It may have been a Volvo idea, not sure.
Our Volvo 245 GLE had daytime running lights. Small high intensity lights atop the wings.Different makes have different intensities of DRL’s. These were a Volvo innovation. Using brighter side lights. They demonstrated that many lives were saved due to their use. Many drivers took to using dipped headlights all day, particularly in Nordic countries. DRL’s differ in that they are designed for being seen, not seeing.
To check if you have bendy headlights, shine the lights against a wall and turn the steering wheel.
Perhaps you should try the screens to see if they are what you think they are.
Having just bought a car with such a screen I can say it is not as you suggest. Commonly used functions are all accessible with permanent settings buried in the layers and menus, these are set when stationary. Yesterday we decided to go to Ikea. Pressed one button on the steering wheel and said, navigate to Ikea. Seconds later it asked, “which one”. I touched the Bristol option and that was job done.
Tactile piano keys below the screen take me directly to functions. Then simple adjustments are made.
In my case, I believe it has been designed with driving safety in mind. But I can't speak for other makes.
The longevity and reliability of the gizmos improve with time and innovation. eg. Electric windows were once such an unnecessary gizmo. But now they are a reliable and normal addition. Probably more reliable than their predecessors.
The bendy headlights I mentioned earlier. Are normally an expensive extra. In time the costs may come down. Then it is an extra safety feature. Not necessary, but desirable....
I went out with my Brother in law at the weekend in his VW ID-3 which has matrix headlamps. Those things are incredible, just leave them on full beam and if it detects another vehicle it bends the beam around it so as not to dazzle, but you still have full beam around the other car. Amazing stuff2. Auto Dipping Main Beams. Works really well to detect oncoming cars and cars in front of you going the same way. A little slow to come out of dipped, especially on countryside road corners.
Volkswagen have come in for some criticism wrt the ergonomics of their latest control functions where commonly used functions are within the touch screen menus. Citroen were also criticised but latest models seem to have stepped back such that it’s less distracting to change common settings. Mine is a nice mix of rotary, dedicated touch sensitive “ buttons” and touch screen menus. I rarely go into the touch screen menus. Important functions such as HVAC are and able to tactile adjustments.My comment was a general moan not about any specific vehicle, I was largely echoing the comments that most motoring journalists have been making about the lack of physical buttons, which you learn to locate with muscle memory without more than a simple glance to provide the location.
I'm sorry don't understand your point!
Well I 'd agree there, your experience relates to just the vehicle you have and it is apparently different to mine. For example if I want to change between the the driving mode, I have to find a button hidden behind the gear selector, review what the screen tells me, then direct my hand to the touch screen where there are four options, and you have to find the correct spot on the screen to touch.
As for the drivers display, apart from the speedo and the Electric power used /rev counter the information about fuel levels and range are all over the place, along with distance to vehicle ahead
I do agree that some technologies have improved in reliability, but some just seem to be electrified just to prove how lazy we can be.
There are certain features that I do approve of, for example electric door mirrors, which make it much easier to position the mirrors correctly, and there are others which do make managing the vehicle easier. A reversing camera for positioning the tow ball under the trailer hitch.
My comment was a general moan not about any specific vehicle, I was largely echoing the comments that most motoring journalists have been making about the lack of physical buttons, which you learn to locate with muscle memory without more than a simple glance to provide the location.
I'm sorry don't understand your point!
Just been looking at the features in the new car it got lights in door mirrors just might have to see how i get onI've noticed an increasing number of cars with lights in their door mirrors when I'm overtaking them on the motorway - I presume this is their Blind Spot monitoring at work - bit of a distraction really.
Has the new car arrived then?Just been looking at the features in the new car it got lights in door mirrors just might have to see how i get on
I had voice control on a previous car and when asking for addresses in the navigation anything beginning with B would see me heading off to Belfast. It was not any real use. this new Kia has VC for its infotainment and navigation, plus if on Allele CarPlay SIRI acts as a good go between. Must try the steering wheel heater and seat heaters to see if they are within the control scope.I have an XC40, which when I read the reviews, testers said they did not like the touch screen. As has been mentioned above, the XC40 has voice control, and it finishes up being MUCH safer than even buttons, because you just tell the car what to do, even down to "steering wheel heat on/off, seat heat on/off, set temperature to xx degrees, call joe bloggs etc". A short period of familiarisation rather than using the "same old ways" we are used to is called for...
Had a update this morning it might be hear in 2 weeks ishHas the new car arrived then?
About the same chance as for them to get a key cut and program a new fob/key I would thinkIf your car has keyless entry and you take it to a garage for servicing, what is there to stop a technician cloning the signal from your key to the car? They have your address so can visit anytime at their leisure. No need to walk around the house trying to pick up a signal and they keys could be in a Faraday case. Cars are now stolen to strip as more money for parts and less chance of being caught.
However they need to go get the key cut and then program a fob if they cna get hold of one. Isn't it easier to clone the signal rather than cutting a key? Also I wonder how many people hand over their car keys with house keys still attached?About the same chance as for them to get a key cut and program a new fob/key I would think
My wife’s car is in having its rear end put back in place at a body shop. We always remove our house keys when handing over the car. Also one of the cars can be set to “ valet” mode which limits access to features such as Contacts, Nav system features and records miles date and time when set to Valet mode.However they need to go get the key cut and then program a fob if they cna get hold of one. Isn't it easier to clone the signal rather than cutting a key? Also I wonder how many people hand over their car keys with house keys still attached?
Buckman,However they need to go get the key cut and then program a fob if they cna get hold of one. Isn't it easier to clone the signal rather than cutting a key? Also I wonder how many people hand over their car keys with house keys still attached?
Didn't realise that it was so easy and the goods to do the evil deed so readily available?Buckman,
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