Category: 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.

The Internet Locks Us All in Boxes

Google headline

Here, we step outside our typical automotive box to actually talk about web boxes. There’s nothing at all obvious within that title, so stay with it, or take this opportunity to tune out since we’re going to talk cars only as the subject pertains to us here at DashboardSymbols.com. This is a two part story …

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Yet Another Owner’s Manual and Autonomous Systems Rant

Maserati start

We need to spout yet again about owners manuals, and spend a few minutes on autonomous technology. The manual comes from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Maserati brand. In 2016, we had a Ghibli to assess. It’s owner’s manual was on a DVD. The manual was nearly impossible to use, with no search function, vague chapter titles …

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Recall GM coupes before someone else dies!

Trapped in an XLR

Yet another cringe worthy headline showed up on Twitter recently. A man trapped in his car because the battery was dead. And for 14 hours. Fortunately, the car wasn’t outside in the sun, or the outcome would have been very, very different. This one hits home for us because of another incident several years ago …

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Reprogramming Pedestrians for Self-driving? You’re Joking, Right?

Twitter headline

My twitter account offered up a headline the other day that I simply couldn’t believe. “Autonomous car boosters want to reprogram pedestrian.” The Automotive News article (here) is fallout from an accident involving a pedestrian and an Uber-owned self driving test car in Arizona several months ago. Reprogram pedestrians — its just absolutely stunning in …

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Building a Better Electric Car

Jetta Engine Compartment

We recently had an opportunity to attend a look a small electric car show, featuring vehicles owned by enthusiasts and generally on the market. We were struck by one feature common to nearly all the models. Included were an electric Volkswagen Jetta, a Chevrolet Bolt, a Nissan Leaf, a Tesla Model S and Model X. …

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