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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2004, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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"Smart" bolts in future vehicles?

I came across this very interesting article while surfing /.

http://smt.pennnet.com/Articles/Arti...ICLE_ID=207838

Imagine ... you can't remove your resonator, can't install a CAI or even change your own oil w/o a decoder that would tell the bolts to unscrew, and it would all be recorded in little microprocessors so the auto company knows exactly what you did ...

I, for one, welcome our new smart-bolt overlords.

(Of course, there are good sides to this story as well, but since when has a good topic ever been started on good news? )


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Eh, much more pressing paranoid consipracies to worry about. With the technology that's available and in your car TODAY, they could, for instance, easily program a car to report whether you followed proper "breaking in procedures" and use that as a basis to void your warranty. Seriously, I'm surprised they don't do this already. One chip, a few hours of programming, voila.

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Eh, much more pressing paranoid consipracies to worry about. With the technology that's available and in your car TODAY, they could, for instance, easily program a car to report whether you followed proper "breaking in procedures" and use that as a basis to void your warranty. Seriously, I'm surprised they don't do this already. One chip, a few hours of programming, voila.
If you read the owner's manual there is no break in period. So you'd still be safe.

BMW already has a "black box" they can download your top speed, top rpm, all kinds of stuff. I was on the bimmer forums and one of the guys showed where the bimmer mechanics had yanked the box and determined he had been going ~138mph top speed when the car "broke". :shock:

If your car had perimiter sensors (ie: back up sensors) they could make a program to determine how close you were and prove unassured clear distance. Lets just say the insurance company wouldn't be paying out if more cars got that.

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Other cars have various black boxes too.

They can record braking, turning, and accelerating rates, while tracking the trends.

A few companies manufacture devices to allow parents to download this info. For monitoring their kids driving patterns.

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Ferrari berates the driver if they don't "push" the car, from what I understand. When you take your F40 or F50 into the shop for a "tune up" they're like, you need to DRIVE this car.

They download the driving information from each car, send it back to Italy where they make improvements to new models and make sure the existing cars are running as predicted.

Doesn't Lo-Jack have an ability to show drivers how fast and where they were going?

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in the audi r8 race car they must remove the entire computer after every race and send it to the factory for results. they keep the comp (so you cant drive the car) untill you NEED it for a race or if you convince them that you need practice, then they will send you the comp and after your done with it it goes back to the factory. kinda shitty if you spent $200,000 on a car and you cant drive it when you want to.


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The local paper today had an article on black boxes in cars. It's about an agreement between Progressive Corp (Insurance) and drivers. In exchange for a tiny black box connected to the OBDII port, drivers get a rate reduction of up to 25 percent.

If you are interested, try this link
http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/4919450.html

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