Letter: Cars are smarter than their owners

The Nissan Pathfinder SUV concept vehicle is introduced

The Nissan Pathfinder SUV concept vehicle is introduced during the press preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (January 10, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Regarding "I still want George Jetson's flying car" [Opinion, July 2], my Nissan is so smart. The headlights go on when it is dark and go off when it is light out.

My car is so smart that I don't need a key, just a tiny plastic pod in my pocket. I push one button on the door to unlock the car and another on the dash to start it. Not to mention that my GPS gets me from A to B, instructing me on every turn.

There is only one problem. When a not-so-smart person gets a smart car, strange things happen that engineers forgot to think about.

For example, the headlights work perfectly when in automatic mode. However, if they are manually turned on, and you leave the car thinking they will automatically turn off, you are in for a surprise. I did that once and now carry jumper cables.

Then there's the push button start. Normally, you can't remove an ignition key unless a car is in park. With the push-button, I could leave my smart car in neutral. Maybe someday it will roll away.

When I'm traveling south, the GPS always directs me through midtown Manhattan -- the shortest route, but the longest travel time.

Finally, there are the beeps that sound every time I get out of my intelligent car. They are trying to tell me something, but I never know what. Maybe I should read the manual.

Bill Domjan, Melville

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