Weekend Open Forum: What in-vehicle technology do you use?

By Shawn Knight
Sep 16, 2011
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  1. Xero07

    Xero07 Newcomer, in training Posts: 93

    My car has roll up windows and manual locks
  2. My car has the 450 Air Conditioning. Great technology, works 100% of the time!
  3. OUTLAWXXX

    OUTLAWXXX Newcomer, in training Posts: 51

    I have air conditioning and power windows. The year is an 06. It has a CD player but i'm hoping to get a new stereo soon with auxiliary input.

    I use the maps/navigation program on my LG Optimus android phone for getting around but that's about it.
  4. 20 year old Volvo....
  5. matrix86

    matrix86 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 802   +8

    Don't worry, niether can half the people on the road :p
  6. LadyBlueEyes51

    LadyBlueEyes51 Newcomer, in training

    Just purchased a 2005 Toyota Corolla S and I have no idea what all it has. It has the electronic start button on the key fob---and car door lock, unlock feature. I have figured that much out so far....any info shared about this model of vehicle....would teach me much quicker than trying to figure it out myself.
  7. captainawesome

    captainawesome TechSpot Guru Posts: 411   +42

    iPod dock for my EyePhone. It made me realise however how rubbish the iPhones shuffle feature is. Really really rubbish!
  8. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Bought a used 2004 Explorer 4x4 when wife and I retired to Mexico. It came with stuff like seat warmers and a plug-in engine block doohickey that would let it start easily in northern Canada. Here in Baja Calif., not so useful. It has an in-dash 6-CD player, which is nice, but we'd much prefer an MP3 player or an input jack and it has neither. Both 4x4 and ABS braking are useful on a regular basis, since the local dirt roads turn to butter when it rains. And the backing up beep-beep-beeper that picks up its tempo as you approach something behind you is useful. That's about it unless you count remote door locking/unlocking and cruise control. Maybe I'll wire in an MP3 player someday. We plan to drive the thing until the wheels fall off or a 4x4 hybrid or electric that can taxi 7 or 8 at a time of my wife's church-lady friends around gets affordable. I figure they're saving souls in wholesale lots. I suppose that's a good thing.
  9. Roll-up windows, manual transmission, tape deck, power steering. That's about it.
  10. ess333

    ess333 Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    usb, AWD when its raining
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    If you register you should be able to download the manual:

    http://www.toyota.com/owners/
     
  12. A steering wheel.
  13. The HUD display and Driver info center (Fuel used, Average MPG) in my 02' Grand Prix GTP
  14. RH00D

    RH00D TechSpot Addict Posts: 393   +101

    I use two feet and a heart beat.
  15. killeriii

    killeriii TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    I think of my car like my home computer.
    Upgrades and DIY work are always better than factory.
    3000w stereo, 9 speakers, iphone + 2ipod dock type connectors.
    GPS, handsfree voice control phone. (it is illegal in Canada, txt or talk while driving)
    plugs, wires, battery, coil, alternator. (all aftermarket)
    keyless entry and ABS are the only tech's it came with.
    IMO remote starters are more problem than they're worth or i'd have that too.
    HUD for my PCM would be nice tho. I've driven some new vehicles and the info in the dash is nice. mine only has gear select and milage.
  16. This is the first time I have been disappointed in TechSpot. WTF would you ask for peoples opinions on common electronics in modern cars. If you ask dumb question then you get dumb responses. Example, i use my power steering, power window, power seats, remote keyless entry, power locks, radar detector, and radio, all the time. I was hoping that this article would be about people's opinions and experience on good items that would enhance there vehicle. Example; installing a gps in there vehicle or using a mobile device instead, installing a computer to diagnose/read stats on there cars computer, or some other new helpful device that is worth wild to own.
  17. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    just a 2003 dodge ram with standard everything it doesnt even have power windows but i love it i do use my phone as an mp3 player and gps though.
  18. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce Newcomer, in training Posts: 129

    Yeah I have a CD player... Get this, it even plays MP3 CD's... Not that I use that part of it. I also have an in car fridge to keep my beers cold.
  19. FM Radio playing through four 10w speakers. ;p
  20. @Xero07: My driver's side door has a pair of vice grips in place of a handle to roll up the window.
  21. chaboi390

    chaboi390 Newcomer, in training Posts: 83

  22. Kraemepoo

    Kraemepoo Newcomer, in training Posts: 20

    Radio and CD player, but only when the weather prevents me from putting down my windows.

    My car is a sacred place where technology has no place. Its just me a, steering wheel, a stick shift, and the roar of a 500 hp v8.
  23. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,536   +92

    Bluetooth phone connectivity, ipod (lives in the car as I put 32Gb memory in my phone and use it for music when not in the car) connected via touch screen radio, front and rear parking sensors (actually make me more nervous than parking without them), cruise control, automatic lights and rain sensor, DAB radio. Didn't get Sat nav in the car as I knew I could use my Desire HD for navigation. And keep track of fuel consumption, remaining range etc on multifunction computer display on the dash. I like my gadgets more than I like high performance (Golf 1.4 Tsi 122PS)
  24. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,490   +302

    Got a Brand new Corsa, Has electric Windows, Mirrors and all are heated. Radio with Blutooth which works with my IPhone 3GS 32GB. Air con, electronic Steering, Trip computer with all the acronims (ABS, EBD etc...) Cruise Control and a few other bits and bobs I can't remember off the top of my head.

    I use my Iphone for Music, Tom Tom App, Phone and as an access point to the web so Laptops can connect to it for internet access on the go. (Vauxhall Corsa 100PS 1.4 SRI)
  25. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 960   +84

    Nissan Maxima. dual-driver seat and mirror memory. dual-zone ac system. gps navigation. satellite radio. heated seats. heated steering wheel. keyless entry. remote window positioning. easy access retracting drivers seat and steering wheel. power windows with 1-touch up/down. home-link garage door access. lojack. bluetooth speaker phone accessory on the sunvisor.

    The one or two things that I would want is integrated bluetooth and MP3/iPod connection. I kind of worked around the bluetooth issue by my motorola speaker thing, but I couldn't fix the mp3 problem. I tried an aftermarket accessory once, but because of my navigation / satellite radio options I don't think it was made to work for this situation and it only plays a second or two of music then quit.

    I'd also like to input gps while driving (I have a co-pilot people!). I know my way around town and can get with-in a few miles of where I want to go. But GPS makes life easier by directing you through those last few miles to my destination for the first time.


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