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February 9, 2016

Thinking of buying a Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV? Fergeddaboutit!

So you just can't wait for self-driving cars?
Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined. Never Yet Melted Chrysler/Fiat Had a Really Bad Idea

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 9, 2016 10:48 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The worst car company in Europe owns the worst car company in North America.

Posted by: BobSykes [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 10, 2016 4:11 AM

"Agency tests found that operating the centre console shift lever “is not intuitive and provides poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver, increasing the potential for unintended gear selection,” investigators wrote in the documents."

Then why did the buyers buy it?
Are the buyers stupid?
Did I just answer my own question?

Massive amounts stupid people seem to be involved with just about everything now a days doesn't it?

Perhaps it's time for a culling.
Taking out the garbage.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 10, 2016 6:35 AM

I forget which make it is, but you have to take your foot *off* the brake in order to put it into Park.

It's never good when automotive engineers think.

Posted by: leelu [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 10, 2016 7:09 AM

I don't even like the videocam in reverse. Now they want to replace side mirrors with video.

Am I being a "luddite?"

I don't think so. My concern is continued diminution of human instincts and reflexes. Ever ride with someone who NEVER turns her head when driving? She had several bad accidents. DUH.

Posted by: DonRodrigo [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 11, 2016 8:17 AM

Smart cars make dumb drivers.
For reference notice smart phones.

Perhaps this is how machines will take over the earth. People will be stupid to stop it.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 11, 2016 9:50 AM

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