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

By Shawn Knight · 55 replies
Sep 16, 2011
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  1. In-vehicle technology implementation has skyrocketed over the past several decades and even more rapidly over the past 10-20 years. It seems hard to believe that air bags have been around…

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  2. I actually drive when I'm in my car. No technology that wasn't available 14 years ago when the car was built, except for a newer stereo with a USB port. A manual transmission (something I insist on) so I actually have to pay attention to my driving.
  3. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,286

    Ironically, I'm the same way at the moment. When I start travelling, I'm going to use a GPS system. But yeah. Same boat.
  4. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,124   +132

    Remote start, GPS, and my iPod are the most frequently used gadgets, but I also have an OnStar FMV that I just purchased about a week ago. I haven't had an opportunity to use it yet, other than setting it up, but I like the idea of having it in case I need it.
  5. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 833   +367

    I use the radio and that's about it, unless you want to include the cigarette lighter.
  6. Shawn Knight

    Shawn Knight TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 9,976   +103

    I installed a nettop in the van I bought back in April which I use as an MP3 server. The computer sits in the space where the 13" CRT television was (its a conversion van with a raised roof).
  7. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    I have a super bright 900 lumen LED light that I mount to my mountain bike at night. It almost looks like a motorcycle is coming at ya. ;p
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    I have this really nifty Child Behavior Modification system (CBM). It employs I.I.H.T.S.T.C. (If I Have To Stop This Car) technology. It Works rather well:rolleyes:
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,505   +399


    Anyways my vehicle is a mid/late 90s model so I don't have some of these more advanced/electronic "creature comforts." It does give me an excuse to burn some CDs now and then, though since I have a tape deck I should just use an MP3 player... On unfamiliar road trips I use a portable GPS unit.
  10. freythman

    freythman TS Booster Posts: 113   +10

    Mine uses gasoline, air, and DC power to create combustion, propelling my car forward. Oh, and power windows.
  11. cptmds

    cptmds TS Rookie

    Nothing here except a radio that sometimes works, and crank windows. And a regular key - useful for those -30C days. I've always wondered how those new push button starters handle difficult starts later in the car's life (mine is going on 14 now). Interestingly, the only time it has not been able to start (ever) is when the door was covered in 4 inches of ice and I couldn't get in....

    Oh, and no alarm. No mp3, GPS or anything. If I want the fancy computerized equipment, I use my PC :)
  12. only mp3-player, but rare. and the car has only abs and central locking. and is good simple like this, yet a usb port(for music) would have been better.
  13. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    manual transmission, FM radio and power windows. pretty low tech, I guess.
  14. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    Power windows, locks and heated side mirrors and I use the cd player whenever the music on the radio sucks.
  15. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    Does texting while driving count?
  16. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Booster Posts: 104   +10

    Laser-Guided Missile system
  17. Ham radio, Old technology is still my favorite.
  18. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +51

    I have a Sat-Nav; It's great if i ever want to get lost.
  19. I use my Thunderbold for GPS/Navigation, Bluetooth/Music playing and hands free cell thru a Moto Roadster. I'm in the middle of nowhere so I can keep it on the same FM channel for a 100 mile radius of so.
  20. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,830   +1,025

    Old school here too. Got your basic car with an am/fm radio.
  21. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 159

    I can't drive.
  22. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 159

    Yes. It counts toward the amount of time that you'll spend behind bars in certain districts, at least...
  23. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    Thankfully I don't live in North Korea.
  24. codefeenix

    codefeenix TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Is a whole vehicle not technology?
  25. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 159

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