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Old 10-22-2007, 03:29 AM
 
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My trucking company just installed a new satellite communications device in my cab. I'm still getting used to all of it's functions and know that I will eventually like using it. But the display unit is installed right in the center of my RH dashboard, right in the way of most of the switches I use on a regular basis... It's on a flexible support and it gradually falls from an almost-acceptable position to down over the AM/FM radio and heat/AC/defrost knobs. And as much as we truckers use our lights to "blink, blink/ flash, flash, I have to be really careful that I don't knock the transmisson into "NUETRAL" when I reach for the marker lights.

Anyone else have frustrations with their in-car technology?
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:36 AM
 
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I keep it real simple...headlights, wipers "n radio. No cell phone, ipod, satellite, navigation or any other distractions. I like to K.I.S.S. because I"m not very bright to begin with. Heck I rarely drive around with the wife in the truck.
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Old 10-22-2007, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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I keep it real simple...headlights, wipers "n radio. No cell phone, ipod, satellite, navigation or any other distractions. I like to K.I.S.S. because I"m not very bright to begin with. Heck I rarely drive around with the wife in the truck.
I agree, even a CD player can be too much of a distraction.
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Old 10-22-2007, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Crew Chief - I hear you - it just irks me to no end when "engineers" or "designers" don't consider the human factor and the environment they are designing for. They should have a schematic of a cab to know what would be the ideal location for an install. Would a swing arm be helpful so that you can get to your controls? Sometimes the most simple solution should be obvious. Good luck!

Oh and BTW - I have a Prius that has the absolute best technology and user interface ever - I love it!!
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:22 PM
 
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I agree, even a CD player can be too much of a distraction.
I'm with ya; I DREAD the day my current truck is replaced; all the new ones come with CD players. I believe cassetes, despite being SO last century are much safer to deal with while driving!
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:33 PM
 
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Crew Chief - I hear you - it just irks me to no end when "engineers" or "designers" don't consider the human factor and the environment they are designing for. They should have a schematic of a cab to know what would be the ideal location for an install. Would a swing arm be helpful so that you can get to your controls? Sometimes the most simple solution should be obvious. Good luck!

Oh and BTW - I have a Prius that has the absolute best technology and user interface ever - I love it!!
Hi Jhlcomp! It's a nice unit but I wonder if they ever rode with one of our drivers before they bought this setup... Our previous satcomms were on a cord and could be placed in a plastic carrier in front of the passenger's seat. Perhaps too many drivers took their frustrations with dispatch out on the satcomm unit by throwing it! Actually, I've seen a couple of neat carriers for PC's in trucks that could be adapted; one attaches to the passenger's seat and the other could mount to a dashboard or the back wall of our day cab tractors. Our fleet is mostly Freightliner and they just released a new tractor called the "Cascadia". It looks nice from the outside photos I've seen. Perhaps the dashboard was redesigned with a unit like our new satcomm in mind; I sure hope so! I really like the possibilities this new unit brings; email, videos for training and anything else; immediate emergency contact with dispatch, reporting our various tasks; the possibilities are endless! (We also have cameras for the right fender and the monitor for that is right above the dash; sure makes "dashboard dining" more challenging...)

Glad you like your Prius; I've had many of them pass me!!!
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I usually just get frustrated at the person trying to operate the stuff.
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