Category Archive: Articles & Commentaries

Discussions on topics of interest to drivers concerning things they may not understand about their vehicles as well as articles on the future of the auto industry.

Ah, So Close: A Talking Car ‘Companion’

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At DashboardSymbols.com, we have consistently argued that the wholesale advancements taking place in the automotive world call for a complete overhaul of the way cars communicate with their drivers. Bells, whistles and flashing lights are dinosaurs due for the scrap heap. In particular, we’ve advocated for a natural language two way conversation between the driver …

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Tesla Eliminates Vexing Heat Stroke Risk from its Cars

Innovation continues to at a breakneck pace in the automotive world, and nowhere is innovation more front and center than at Tesla. In case over the air updates weren’t innovative enough, the latest solves a problem that has stumped the best minds at every auto manufacturer: a car is shut down and left in the …

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Sub-prime Loans and Shady Dealings Exposed

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If we didn’t all already believe that used car sales was a dubious business to work for or to shop at, along comes John Oliver to do an epic, as well as entertaining, take down. His first concern and the central focus of the episode of his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, is sub-prime loans, …

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To Autopilot or Not to Autopilot, that Is the Question

A recent accident involving a Tesla Model S with its Autopilot function engaged cost the life of the car’s driver. Since then, there have been calls to disable the function or as least rename it. We have cautioned many times in these posts about the advance of technology in automobiles. The advances are racing ahead …

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Did a Poor Shifter Design Cause the Death of Anton Yechin?

Anton Yelchin

A year ago nearly to the day, I wrote about the need for the auto industry to build to intuition. A man in Texas had died of heat stroke because he couldn’t figure out how to get out of his short-circuited Chevrolet Corvette. Now another man is dead, at the hands of another model. It …

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