Tech in your car?

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  1. AppleDeviceUser, Feb 10, 2015
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    I am looking for cool things to add to my car, so I was wondering have any of you done anything cool to your cars? If so please post ideas here!

    Here is what I have done/doing
    This is a 1986 Toyota Camry

    Already added:
    -2 USB ports (iPhone charging)
    -Bluetooth sound system
    -Dash Cam
    -2 120v 500w power outlets
    -Semi-truck horn
    -Truck battery
    -Solar charging port
    -DVD player/screen

    Work in progress:
    -HUD
    -High power night vision camera
    -Alarm
    -Engine kill switch
    -Seat warmers
     
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    Ah, but yours is a seriously cool car, - I seem to recall that you posted a picture of it here at some stage.

    Indeed, it strikes me as being the sort of vehicle that the wonderful Patrick McGoohan would have driven in the iconic 1960s TV series 'The Prisoner'. (Take a look at the opening credits to see what I mean).
     
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    Haven't you got a Cobra? I doubt you'd be able to hear it anyway. :D


    It was a Lotus 7 in The Prisoner.

    [​IMG]
     
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    No, I generally prefer to pay attention to the road while driving.
     
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    NOOOOO..

    The less tech the better I also do not have a radio, or carpet most of the year for that matter.
     
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    Wow, an 86 Camry! I can only assume that you have taken great care of the vehicle. That's a lot of custom work. Are you a "car guy" with mechanical skills and have you done the work yourself? Post some pics.

    In my teens and early 20's I was into having a great audio system in my car and spent a good deal of money (my parent's money) getting things just how I wanted them. As I've aged though, cars have become more of a simple tool that depereciate in value so I dont' invest in customization. You know, marriage, kids, limited income, etc., in other words, I'm boring when it comes to this kind of stuff. :D However, I do like to live vicariously through others and it's always cool to see when people do things like you have done. All the best with your continued upgrades and fine tuning. :)
     
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    Actually, I'm not quite sure what Happybunny actually has (or drives) - I just recall a that he posted a picture of a low slung, open topped car, rich with character and redolent with mystery.

    Thanks for posting that picture of Patrick McGoohan driving during the stunning opening credits of The Prisoner: I hadn't known it was a Lotus 7 but that particular TV series (The Prisoner) was one of my all time favourites; I remember watching it avidly with my brother in the late 70s when it was broadcast.
     
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    Yep, in fact, the character built it himself :)

    (huge fan of the show, and actually got to visit Portmeirion in Wales where it was filmed)
     
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    I think the magical year where you could reasonably not use CDs was 2008. My 2013 has USB ports and Auxiliary ports. That's non-tech package, by the way.
     
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    Likewise, I'd class myself a huge fan of the show. Loved it as a teenager. Gripping and brilliant stuff.

    Back on topic, while I am not a particular aficionado of uber tech in cars, I do love a car that comes equipped with a good sound system (for radios, CDs, or iPods……)
     
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    No no, my car is the one with the non-tech package. It has a radio and a tape cassette player. Seriously. Well at least the radio has FM so I can use the older iPods with an FM transmitter adapter on it; i never bothered with the cassette adapter you could use with an iPod. Amazing that my 2nd gen iPod nanos will likely still be working when the car goes to the scrapyard. Anyway I've managed to completely skip the CD generation in cars. :)
     
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    We have *intermittent wipers* on both cars.


    No we’re not from the future. :D

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    Holy hell man, that is one of the craziest same-thing-at-the-same-time posts I’ve ever made.
     
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    The first car I owned with intermittent wipers... You'll never guess unless you look it up. Timeframe: 1975. Some of our forum friends from Europe might know. ;)
     
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    I'll pass on the techie stuff in my car. Self-driving cars can be controlled remotely, while you think you are the one driving. Search for it; just in the news this week.
     
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    My lights turn on at night or when I pass through a tunnel all by themselves. I must be from wayyyy off into the future. :D
     
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    I have a cassette player in my car...

    In all honesty the most techy thing i have added to my truck was the alarm system and the electronic brake controller.
     
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    Not the answer you'll be expecting but my old '67 VW sometimes used to have intermittent wipers... when there was a heavy snowburst going through the mountains it would occasionally blow a fuse. And then another fuse... and then another fuse. And when I was out of fuses then the intermittent wiper was a rigged up de-snowing device operated with left hand out the window. Even the dog stopped wanting to ride with us when that happened. Guess the breeze in the back seat was pretty stiff.
     
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    Um, I modded my stereo so I could directly plug an aux cable into it.
     
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    lol. :)

    I don't know the first car with intermittent wipers, with delays, but the first one I saw them on was a 1975 Fiat Spider. At the time that was high tech. :)
     
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    Ooooooh.

    Er, actually, I remember the Fiat Spyder; what a snappy, snazzy, sports car. (I have even been driven in one…….a red one, which ate up the road, mind you, my recall of the intermittent wipers……is entirely absent….)
     
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    Our 4Runner has an aux input (3mm) inside the center console/armrest, and while not technically sophisticated, it works outstandingly well: better than Bluetooth, 30-pin interfaces, no lag, the device just works and outputs to the stereo. I can listen to music, podcasts (including 3rd party apps). There’s also a power plug in there, so you can charge and aux at the same time :D

    When I was writing this, I just remembered, I added the same to the X5 we used to own! Actually scored the OEM box off FleaBay for like $50 (the dealer wanted $200+). :eek:
     
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    Just what it came with - USB port for my iPod, touch screen navigation, and voice command. No CD player.
     

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