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The Pointless Widget Awards goes to...

I heard a car ad on the radio this afternoon, extolling the features available on shiny new motor. One of which was the moisture-sensitive automatic windscreen wipers. This immediately struck me as being wrong for two main reasons.

a) How sensitive are these things ? How much spray or rain does it take to activate them ? I'm not sure I'd like wipers that active when I'm not expecting it. What if they come on as I'm about to do something tricky like entering a busy roundabout ? It's not terriblty serious, but it could be distracting at an important moment.  It could mean I don't notice the cyclist.

b) If I haven't noticed that my windscreen is sufficiently wet to need the wipers on,  I really shouldn't be driving a car at all. I have a perfectly good set of moisture-sensitive sensors - my eyes.
  And it's not like it's difficult to turn wipers on and off. You don't have to reach up and flick an overhead switch. The car is designed to make this kind of thing easy.

If you keep automating things so people don't have to think, they'd going to stop thinking altogether.



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16th Dec, 2007 16:58 (UTC)
Also do they work if engine is off but key in engine? For example in a car wash.
16th Dec, 2007 18:13 (UTC)
They are usually a setting on the switch so they won't come on unless you have set them to be automatic.
They are are not designed to replace turning wipers on and off when obvious rain starts and stops but for those horrible blustery showery days when you are forever turning them on or off or find that the intermittent setting either two often or not often enough.
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