Camaros will have a new feature to protect drivers from cold weather.
Gone are the days of doing whatever you feel like when it comes to driving around in your car. And we’re not talking about breaking the rules of the road here, but merely suggesting that in the past, a driver could command his/her car to pretty much do whatever he or she was in the mood for in terms of function.
What do we mean?
Do you remember putting the top down on the old convertible smack-dab in the middle of the coldest winter, and for the sole reason that you could? Do you remember the bone-crushing cold seeping through your jacket and your skin as you drove on the icy road, perhaps a few snowflakes falling onto your nose and tickling it as you drove through the winter wonderland?
Well, according to GMAuthority, the latest Chevrolet Camaro won't let you, even if you so desire to. It’s just another example of the advancing technology found in our cars—our new cars, that is—and the limitations this puts on the driver.
Is it a bad thing really? After all, they’re just looking out for our best interests, aren’t they? Well, to take the choice away from the driver isn’t something many are excited about, or look upon too favorably — especially when considering that this is a muscle car we’re talking about, and usually drivers and enthusiasts of such cars like to be in control of the vehicle and its functions at all times.
Specifically, the car’s computer will not allow the driver to lower the top in temperatures reaching 38 degrees F, or lower of course. GM released a statement claiming that the cold could negatively affect the system, causing the hydraulic liquid used to lower the top to become too thick, leading to overall failure, and at the end of the day, that wouldn’t be too good, now would it? It’s all well and good to have a thrill every now and again or even impress your passengers, but we’re sure they wouldn’t be impressed if the top gets stuck and you all have to drive with the top down in temperatures reaching the low spectrum of the thermometer.
The computer actually sends out a warning if the driver attempts to lower the top: “Temperature Too Low, Top Disabled.”
In all fairness, we can definitely agree that the precaution is definitely a decent one, as this particular implementation does protect the car owner and the car itself from malfunctioning (this leads many to think that Chevrolet added this feature more out of an act of self-preservation rather than thinking of its consumers, but that’s a story for another time) at the same time there’s just something a little creepy about it all, isn’t there?
OK, maybe we’ve been watching too many science-fiction horror flicks down at the Hot Cars office, but there is something a tad disturbing about the fact that our cars are thinking for us, isn’t there?
And with news running rampant in the automotive industry about the issues facing self-driving cars and the ominous warnings by Tesla’s founder Elon Musk warning the world about Artificial Intelligence, you can’t blame us for getting a tad spooked.