Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota, USA
I am an electrical engineer with considerable controls experience. It frustrates me every time my car (or bike) doesn't work exactly the way I think it should.
It frustrates me even more because I know that it is well within the capabilities of the computer(s) and software ALREADY in the vehicle to make the operation of the controls and displayed data user configurable.
there is one example of user configurability I'm aware of on fords; you can cancel the "auto lock" function (which is extremely annoying) by going thru a procedure in the owners manual.
Consider some examples:
1. I live up north and have a remote starter for my car. However, the heated seats, even if they were on when the car was shut off, don't turn on automatically when the car is started remotely. why can't I change that?
2. the windsheild on my FJR always returns to it's lowest position when the engine is shut off. why can't I change that?
3. the data display on my FJR doesn't have an "oil change" or "tire replace" odometer. why not? why can't I configure a trip meter with a label for the function I want.
4. why don't I have an ambient temp display. the ECU knows ambient temps
there are many similar examples. A smart OEM would engineer the software and displays with all the functions a user might want and then let the user select operation and display preferences.
Honda; are you listening?
2003 GL1800, 05 FJR1300, 1998 TL1000R, 2003 1978 KZ750