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.

NHTSA Issues Distraction Guidelines: Industry Group Wets Itself

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued voluntary guidelines to device makers and app developers such as Apple, Google, etc., aimed at keeping drivers off their phones while actually driving. The Consumer Technology Association lost it, calling the guidelines “de-facto” regulations. Association CEO Gary Shapiro was quoted as saying, “NHTSA doesn’t have the …

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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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