RDP Tuesday: Drop

Garage

At the end of last year I bought myself a car. OK, no big deal, but circumstances dropped the surprise on me. It was not a super excellent deluxe model, just something to go shopping with, but functional. Of course everything was explained, although you do get a book, which is something like encyclopaedia Britannica to read and understand. The salesman organised my car for me, just how I wanted it. A screen to see my speed in digits instead of reading a dial which is very important to me.

So today I took my car to the garage where it got its summer tyres mounted. The winter tyres are now stocked in the garage until next winter.

And so after half an hour it was finished and I drove home, but the speed was not showing on the window, I only had the dial to read. And so back to the garage to tell them to fix it as it was. The lady showed me how to do it. Of course I felt like a fool, but I am just too old for these modern gimmicks. We got home and got out of the car. One of the new developments is that you no longer use a key to shut the car. You just place your hand on the door, it clicks and locks. It works in the opposite direction when you want to open the car. Of course the experienced drivers know all this, but this is my first contact  with modern cars. I would add even Mr. Swiss is not really into modern driving, although as a man he understands it better than me.

So we left the car I placed my hand on the door and ….. nothing. It did not lock. After checking if all the doors were closed it still did not work. Oh no, back to the garage. It was when I wanted to get ready to go I realised that I did not have the car key in my pocket. If you do not have the car key, it cannot send its signal to tell the car to open or shut the door. Back to the car with a torch to see if it had dropped out of my pocket in the car. Of course not. The clever lady at the garage that showed me how to operate the instructive screens needed my key and when she was finished just dropped it in the container next to the controls inside the car and there it was.  You cannot lock the car if the key is inside.

Now everything is under control. Needless to say I had a few exciting moments this afternoon. I was actually going to drop my blog today for lack of time, but I suppose I had to write it out of my system. Why do these cars have to be so complicated and why are the descriptions so complicated? And to add to my misery, it is all in the german language.

RDP Tuesday: Drop

14 thoughts on “RDP Tuesday: Drop

  1. I would never buy a car like this even if I were a multibillionaire–it is too foolish and intrusive to me, using my handprints and whatever else and obviously all that information goes to the car manufacturers–good luck with it. We have some cars that are 15 or 20 years old and they do fine and even seem ‘too modern’ for me.

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    • I am handicapped with MS and cannot use my left leg, so I am glad for many new developments which makes my life easier to manage. I can only drive an automatic because I cannot change gears with my left foot. No handprints go to any manufacturers because it is not done with a hand print. It is done with a sort of technical signal from the key to the car, meaning you must have the key in your pocket or on your person and in this case I did not realise that the key was still in the car. However nothing is fool proof today. Cars with keys have often been stolen and broken into. Now the thieves develop a software and it has be done by just putting a programme on your laptop which unlocks the car. As I said nothing is foolproof. My car was not over expensive, quite reasonable in price and it is the way they are made today. My main problem is keeping up with it all. Like working on a computer really. You get regular updates on your computers and you have to adapt. I can adapt, but it takes time and today was a combination of too many new developments. Otherwise I like my car, am happy with it, and do not want another one. I just have to get a grip on all the features it has.

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      • It is good that it works for you. I am glad it is not all handprints etc. although I know some smartphones use figerprints, which to me is crazy. Good luck figuring out all the details. Like all kinds of learning, it will come.

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  2. Bella is a computer and I’m impressed by the way she has been designed to be “nice” to me. I have the same kind of “key” and, curious about how it worked, I researched that it’s a radio signal. I’m paranoid about leaving it in the car so I’ve been really careful about being sure it’s on my person — I’m thinking of getting a lanyard and wearing the key around my neck since I really don’t have to carry it in my pocket. All this “new-fangled” stuff which I, also, resisted, I find is very nice. If the temperature is below 40 F, my car asks if I’d like it to heat the steering wheel and seats. ❤ That's going to be great next winter when it's -20 C.

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    • Bascially I have nothing against this new computer driven car, I only wish I had the time to study it more. I always have the key in the same place – also have a second key at home. I only noticed at the last minute that it was not in my pocket because the girl at the garage needed to demonstrate a few things. My fault entirely. There I was touching the car door and nothing was happening. Mr. Swiss loves heated seats and now he knows how it works. Me – no thanks, I do not like the feeling in my back. I do not really resist it all, I just wish I understood more. I had not been regularly driving for about 8 years and since Chjristmas I am a regular driver again. All I need now are my new glasses and then I will feel better at the driving seat.

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  3. We got lucky with our newish car. It has a backup camera, which I like and Garry forgets to use — and it still uses a KEY. It’s not a regular key. It’s an electronic key that also can start the car from inside the house (to heat it up in the winter, you see) and it has more plugs for various kinds of stuff. It’s got a slot for a CD card, in case I need to look at my pictures on the radio screen, plugs for electrical things that need charging and connections for your phone and your computer … but no CD player. It has special setting for snow, sand, mud and something else which I’ve forgotten. But if you LOSE a key, it cost hundreds of dollars to make a new one. Oh, the key also turns the alarm system on and off. And the settings are strange, sort of semi analog with a strong whiff of digital. Most cars are much more complicated than this one — and this is quite complicated enough!

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    • Sounds a bi.t like mine. I press a button to start the car and it always springs to life. I always have the key in my pocket which sends signals. Just a top on the door handle and the door unlocks.. as my car is always in the basement garage it never really gets so cold. I don’t like a heated seat. It makes me feel uncomfortable

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  4. Mainly what’s wrong with heavily computerized cars is that when something electronic goes wrong, a LOT of stuff goes wrong. If the key doesn’t work, you can’t get into the car. If a piece of computer stops working, you never know what else won’t work, either.

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    • It is just a bit eerie when I wait at a red light and everything is silent because the motor is not running. As soon as I take my foot off the brake it comes to life again. And I have never had a car that never uses so little gas, it is amazing. Yesterday switched on the radio. I do not really like driving with distractions, but at least I now know how to do it. That is all touch screen.

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