Idjit lights

Charles Branch writes to Motor Trend (2/11):

With the ubiquity of sophisticated electronics and driver information display capabilities in modern cars, why do we still have “idiot lights”? Wouldn’t it be much more useful if the car told you the oxygen sensor was malfunctioning rather than turning on the check engine light? Is it some sort of conspiracy to get us to spend more money taking our vehicles in for service or buying some device to tell us what error code is causing our dashes to light up like Christmas trees? I know I’d feel much better if my car just told me that the fuel cap wasn’t screwed on rather than displaying an ominous warning that any of hundreds of problems might be going on. So what gives? Why don’t new cars just tell us the problem?

Similarly, this.

MT, for their part, informed him that There Is No Cabal and attempted to buy him off with a copy of Gran Turismo 5 for the PS3.





2 comments

  1. Baby M »

    4 January 2011 · 3:20 pm

    Article on digital dashboards here: http://www.carlustblog.com/2010/12/dashboard-videogames.html

  2. hatless in hattiesburg »

    5 January 2011 · 4:50 pm

    “is it some sort of conspiracy to get us to spend more money taking our vehicles in for service?”

    yes, yes it is.

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