Opposite Lock: A Weekly Glance at Automotive News, Rumors & Controversy

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In many parts of the world it is already Tuesday, but from my desk here in Toronto, it is still Monday for another two hours. …

In many parts of the world it is already Tuesday, but from my desk here in Toronto, it is still Monday for another two hours. I may barely sneak in by the deadline, but through hell or high water I will do my utmost to bring you this weekly feature, “Opposite Lock,” every Monday of the year.

Each opinion piece will highlight, analyze and dissect a news item, rumor, political topic or controversy for your reading enjoyment. Your comments and thoughts will be an integral part of each article since it’s the opinion of the greater crowd that matters most. I welcome your comments to form a discussion among our vast and global readership. If you agree with me, that’s great. If you disagree with me, that’s even better. I look forward to friendly debate on each topic covered!

Opposite Lock: A Weekly Glance at Automotive News, Rumors & Controversy

The automotive world is changing. The norms of yesterday are being replaced by the trends of today; conventional thinking is constantly supplanted by bright new ideas – leaving us with much to contemplate.

If you would like to request a topic for discussion, write me at: shawn@bmwblog.com or contact me on Twitter at: @shawn_molnar. I’ll see you next Monday.

Opposite Lock: A Weekly Glance at Automotive News, Rumors & Controversy

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  • Anonymous

    Well my suggestion for a topic would be about technology and how it will affect our cars in the future. I mean recently BMW unveiled their augmented reality HUD and it seems pretty interesting but there are always those people that disagree with the idea of new technology in the car. 

    I personally love driving a Manual transmission car. A lot of people hate on automatics but I think they are useful I mean I certainly would not buy an Automatic anytime soon but everyone else does.  

    What I’m trying to get at is the whole idea of purists hate technology. This should be changed.

    I understand everything above was huge jumble of ideas and maybe it doesn’t make sense to anyone but I just wanted to get the ball rolling.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      No, purists does not hate technology.  I like both manual and automatic and heck I even liked the SMG and love the DCT transmission. They all have a place and function.
      The HUD technology is imho a useless one. Its a distraction and serves no valuable help to avoid accidents or help the car and driver in any means.
      It does one thing,  adds cost and complexity to a car without useful feature.
      I drive a Corvette with HUD and an X6. Tried it several times and found both to be utterly useless and distracting. This new version by the video demonstration is even more silly and distracting from the actual driving.
      I love to see new technology applied to car.  Stability controls that have more then one level, suspension settings with different setups, an engine with less emission, better gas mileage and more HP, a transmission that shifts smoothly but fast and saves on fuel, helps acceleration and reduces the weight/price, a rear end that actually helps keeping the car on the road in slippery condition, a good comfortable yet lightweight and long lasting seat that has optional heat/cool feature,  a window regulator that last more then a few years and works smooth and linear (don’t laugh, which BMW has a window regulator that does not falls apart in about 5 years ? none)  a self tinting window which darkness can be selected by driver preference,  a carbon fiber body panels, body structures, etc. which saves weight thus saves gas and improves the handling, etc. etc.
      hundreds and thousands of things that I like and would like to see them getting better.

      as you probably noticed nothing about audio and so called social networks.  None are needed to be improved imho. I spend enough time doing these at work/home the last thing I want is any of these distractions when I’m driving. For a back seat driver ? sure, who cares what the kids/friends doing in the back ?

      I would also love to see a better wiper blade technology a better and safer brake system, an exhaust system that works more efficient, etc. There are lots of areas that needs improving. HUD was not one of them.

  • Anonymous

    Well my suggestion for a topic would be about technology and how it will affect our cars in the future. I mean recently BMW unveiled their augmented reality HUD and it seems pretty interesting but there are always those people that disagree with the idea of new technology in the car. 

    I personally love driving a Manual transmission car. A lot of people hate on automatics but I think they are useful I mean I certainly would not buy an Automatic anytime soon but everyone else does.  

    What I’m trying to get at is the whole idea of purists hate technology. This should be changed.

    I understand everything above was huge jumble of ideas and maybe it doesn’t make sense to anyone but I just wanted to get the ball rolling.

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