So totally off topic, but prompted by your last sentence: I'm currently renting a car, a Toyota Yaris, I think. They moved the WHOLE DASH to the CENTER.
Oh my god, It is the worst ever. I feel like I'm a danger on the road every time I try to check my speed. Who in their right minds thought this was a good idea?
My xA has the same setup. It's fine...if your staring at the speedometer, you're doing it wrong. You should be glancing down and with the xA the gauges are almost always in your peripheral vision. This means that our eyes are mostly on the road ahead.
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What advances in Cellphones? A little faster, a little smaller, a camera, maybe a 'full' keyboard for texting.
I'd argue that cellphones have really started to make the just from mobile phone to personal mobile computer. Every year it becomes easier to use them to truely intergrate the online world into our personal life. They are becoming the Tricorder or Hitchhikers Guide. The next few years the features of the high end phone will become common for all users. Data will be a standard addition to every cell phone plan.
1977 MGB Roadster: 2416lbs http://www.mgbmga.com/tech/mgb4(2).htm
1965 International Scout: 3956lbs http://www.4wdonline.com/International/Scout.html
2008 Yaris: 2405lbs http://blogs.motortrend.com/6238178/miscellaneous/top-10-slowest-vehicles-recently-tested-by-motor-trend/index.html
2006 Mazda MX-5 2410lbs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_MX-5
2009 Ford Explorer 4460lbs http://autos.aol.com/cars-Ford-Explorer-2009/available-trims
I think these generally compare with the cars you listed. In general our cars are quite a bit heavier then you'd think. The weight is in the frame of the car and has metal to move the force of accidents around the passenger compartment, and to adsorb the force of impacts by crumpling. All of the plastic and fiberglass is in the exterior panels which have never been structural. Thanks to technology gained in recent years, people walk away from pretty impressive collisions in modern cars. The numbers show us that our cars are many times safer today then they were back in the day.
Over the last 10 years the number of collisions has stated fairly constant between