Apr 082008
 

Why is audio feedback required when you lock/unlock your car with remote? After all, you have to be within wireless range of your car and therefore isn’t visual confirmation (blinking lights) enough? Most of these gadgets do provide visual confirmation in addition to the annoying audio beeps. The visual feedback is superior to the audio feedback for locating the car — after all the light on your car blinks, whereas the audio shows you a general direction.

If you are not looking in the general direction of the car, you can miss the visual feedback. In this case, you can press the button on the remote for 1 second and the light can blink 10 times and stop, allowing you enough time to look around and spot your car.

I can understand (but don’t think it is necessary) why manufacturers provide audio feedback when you unlock your car. But I cannot understand why you need audio confirmation when you lock your car? After all, you just exited the vehicle and can see the visual feedback.

  • Are there any vendors who are thoughtful enough to provide only visual confirmation when the car is locked?
  • Are there vendors who provide (for thoughtful customers) an option on the type of feedback they want? If you press the button, you only get visual feedback. If you press it for a second you get audio feedback as well. This should be very easy to implement and doesn’t require additional buttons on the remote. This will also work very well for not-so-thoughtful customers who don’t bother to read the user manual and therefore unaware that they can make noise by pressing the button for a second?
  • On more expensive cars:
    • are there any vendors that provide feedback by vibrating the remote when the user locks the car?
    • are there any vendors who provide only visual confirmation when the ambient light is below a threshold? I don’t think you need audio confirmation in basement parking garages. Also, the sound reverberates and makes it worse.

Why can’t car manufacturers innovate to reduce noise pollution? They can do good for the environment and at the same time differentiate themselves from other vendors? Why can’t governments require that manufacturers make yearly improvements in reducing noise pollution?

In crowded cities, people live in flats and there are several cars parked in a small place (underground as well as ground floor parking) and you frequently hear the noise as people enter and exit cars. You can hear them at all hours of the day. The solution is very simple. If someone comes at 1 am (or any other time), parks his car and locks it, everyone in the audio range of the person doesn’t need to hear his arrival. A simple visual feedback would do.

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