Useless Features...

Discussion in 'Prime Main Forum (2017-Current)' started by stevepea, May 16, 2017.

  1. stevepea

    stevepea Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2017
    511
    554
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Plus
    On a lighter note, (don't take offense folks, this is meant to be a light topic in fun!), I was wondering what others out there consider to be "useless" features you've seen in cars -- whether it be in the Prime, or in other cars.

    I bought the Plus trim (prefer the smaller screen, cloth seats and manual seat moving). In no way does that mean I don't like gizmos and such (not at all!)... but I'd rather just open a can of tuna with a regular can opener than an electric one, if you know what I mean.

    So if you like, chime in on what you consider to be useless features or options on cars.

    Here are the two I find completely useless on the Prime. Keep in mind, I live in Southern California:

    (1) Heated Seats.
    Perhaps if one lived in freezing climates, especially if one has leather/imitation leather seats, which are more prone to get hot/cold... but cloth seats never really get all that hot or cold, so at least for my Plus trim cloth seats, I find the included seat warmers useless. I can guarantee you I will never use them once with the cloth seats -- even if I lived in a cold climate, I'm sure.

    (2) Heated Steering Wheel (On the Premium and Advanced trims, I believe)
    This one takes the cake. To me, it's as silly as putting an AM/FM radio as an option on a frying pan. Am I just that naive? Do people's hands turn blue when they touch a steering wheel in Minnesota or something? Most cars' steering wheels today aren't hard plastic (like an old "K" car), but usually leathery or foamy, and not as prone to turning cold. And... if one thinks about it, throughout the year one is much more likely to park outside in the sun than in the cold... so why only heated steering wheels, hm? Why not have a refrigerated steering wheel option as well? Sorry, but to me, the idea of a heated steering wheel just cracks me up, a solution searching for a problem (and what a First World problem it is!)

    And just to keep this constructive, here's a feature/option that I wish someone could invent (if I could, I'd be $$ by now):

    A sun visor that somehow, automatically quickly moves from in front of you, over to the side -- and then back again, depending on the direction you're driving, where the sun currently is, and where your eyes are in the car. Now that would be an option I'd spring for!
     
    #1 stevepea, May 16, 2017
    Last edited: May 16, 2017
    deadmoney33 and rabbit454 like this.
  2. crewdog

    crewdog Acting Ensign Prius Prime

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    492
    385
    6
    Location:
    Woodstock, GA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    The heated seats are something the wife REALLY appreciates in the winter, even though after having a Pip for almost 5 years she will still preface a remark with "....I don't want to mess up your EV mileage, but can we get some heat in here quickly?"
    Heated seats -- Worth It!

    Only time we've used the heated steering wheel is riding snow machines in Yellowstone.
     
  3. MNdriver

    MNdriver Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2016
    549
    572
    0
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    Omg, I would never buy a car without heated seats! The first thing I did when I bought my 09 Prius was to have heated seats installed. I would added heat to the steering wheel as well if I had been able to.
     
    priuscatprimeguy and Pugwinkle like this.
  4. Rightrudder

    Rightrudder Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2016
    49
    59
    0
    Location:
    Nazareth, PA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    Yeah the wife uses the heated seats anytime the temp is below 65 degrees outside. I only use it when its below 32. But the heated steering wheel is quite nice the few times I've needed it. Plus the combination of the two in cold weather is more efficient than using the AC to heat the car.
    Parking assist I've never used -- though I think its cool to say my car has it. But judging by many cars in parking lots it could be useful to some
     
    priuscatprimeguy likes this.
  5. Lee Jay

    Lee Jay Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2009
    4,924
    3,554
    0
    Location:
    Westminster, Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    Entune. Still don't know what it's good for so I didn't sign up. Maybe I'd discover something it's good for if I did sign up. I just can't see the need to get services that are on my phone hooked up to the car when the phone is in the car with me! Plus, I don't see any applications in the Entune App suite that I use on my phone anyway.

    Moving lines on the backup camera screen. First of all, I find backing up using the backup camera to be dramatically more difficult than backing up using my mirrors. Second, the moving lines haven't had any degree of accuracy on any car I've tried them on. Finally, the only thing useful I've found a backup camera provides is the distance to nearby obstacles (like, within 3 feet of the back bumper) and the moving lines screw that up if the wheel is turned.

    Self-parking systems. Seriously? Parking is one of the easiest and most basic things you learn how to do when you learn how to drive. Want something that's at least a little challenging? Try parallel parking a 42-foot long van/boat trailer combination. Parallel parking a Prius is a 10 second operation, and backing into a regular space is a 3 second operation.

    Daytime running lights. They provide additional safety when they are novel, but once every car has them we all habituate to them and go back to not noticing.

    Fog lights. I've had fog lights of multiple different types on multiple cars and not one of them ever did anything in fog or any other situation except lighting up the extreme side right near the car. I guess that's helpful if you're trying to see a curb you're going around but then wouldn't they be curb lights?
     
    priuscatprimeguy likes this.
  6. Bob Comer

    Bob Comer Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    648
    405
    0
    Location:
    South Carolina low country
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    I agree heated seats and steering are useless where I live, but having lived in a cold climate previously, they are definitely *not* useless. You don't realize how cold a person gets on cold days and every little bit helps. Both can warm things up quickly enough to drive right away, rather than waiting for the cabin to warm up!

    As for "I bought the Plus trim (prefer the smaller screen, cloth seats and manual seat moving). In no way does that mean I don't like gizmos and such (not at all!)... but I'd rather just open a can of tuna with a regular can opener than an electric one, if you know what I mean."

    No, I don't know what you mean. I'm not trying to be mean, but I can't understand why you'd not want to use a powered can opener! Any assists in everyday life leave you open to doing something else! And I hate any kind of fish anyway. :)

    I ordered an Advanced, but I haven't got it yet...

    I would pay good money for your automatic visor!
     
  7. Manhal K Alrashdan

    Manhal K Alrashdan Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2015
    81
    16
    0
    Location:
    jordan
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    V
    Refrigerated steering wheel is really a good idea specially hear when temp reaches 40's in the summer .When driving a car parked under the sun , you literally can't touch the wheel.

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
  8. priuscatprimeguy

    priuscatprimeguy Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2016
    2,730
    2,625
    0
    Location:
    Farmington Hills, Michigan
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    ah 40 C = 104 F
     
    HPrimeAdvanced likes this.
  9. HPrimeAdvanced

    HPrimeAdvanced Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    2,295
    3,497
    0
    Location:
    Anaheim, CA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    This comment is funny because I'm thinking Fahrenheit and you're thinking Celsius. . First reaction, this guy must be an Eskimo, where 40 Fahrenheit is relatively warm!! What can I say, I'm twisted!! Har, har

    .
     
  10. I'mJp

    I'mJp Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    625
    519
    0
    Location:
    Ma, USA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    gps system that disable various features when moving.
    gps that doesn't update at least every 6 months
     
    HPrimeAdvanced likes this.
  11. HPrimeAdvanced

    HPrimeAdvanced Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    2,295
    3,497
    0
    Location:
    Anaheim, CA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    What about something that could polarize the windshield in sections for driving into sunlight or dealing with night driving....!! If you have polarized headlights, and windshields with a slightly "twisted" angle of polarization...hmmm!

    .
    Cell phones that disable texting when the car is moving...
     
    Bob Comer and priuscatprimeguy like this.
  12. I'mJp

    I'mJp Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    625
    519
    0
    Location:
    Ma, USA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    a reverse beep that's inside the car.
     
    HPrimeAdvanced likes this.
  13. HPrimeAdvanced

    HPrimeAdvanced Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    2,295
    3,497
    0
    Location:
    Anaheim, CA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    I've got that; don't you mean, OUTSIDE the car??

    .
     
  14. I'mJp

    I'mJp Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    625
    519
    0
    Location:
    Ma, USA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    turning off cruise control when you turn the wipers on high.
     
  15. priuscatprimeguy

    priuscatprimeguy Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2016
    2,730
    2,625
    0
    Location:
    Farmington Hills, Michigan
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    hmmm, strange, I was driving in the pouring rain and had CC on, following a semi, the wipers were screaming and the CC was keeping me a safe distance from the semi
     
    HPrimeAdvanced likes this.
  16. I'mJp

    I'mJp Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    625
    519
    0
    Location:
    Ma, USA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    Displaying mpg when there was electricity from outside sources helping push the car.
     
    bisco likes this.
  17. Bob Comer

    Bob Comer Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    648
    405
    0
    Location:
    South Carolina low country
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    That would be even better than an automatic visor!

    The cell phone makers could build that into the OS, they already know if they are moving, so just disable texting when going over a certain speed.
     
    HPrimeAdvanced likes this.
  18. HPrimeAdvanced

    HPrimeAdvanced Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2017
    2,295
    3,497
    0
    Location:
    Anaheim, CA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    Sorry, but everyone was giving both useless and useful, I'm just looking at the half full glass!, har

    .
     
    priuscatprimeguy and Bob Comer like this.
  19. Lee Jay

    Lee Jay Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2009
    4,924
    3,554
    0
    Location:
    Westminster, Colorado
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    That would stink. It's incredibly common for my wife to be texting people at our destination while I'm driving. Having to stop to do that would make me blow the phone up with explosives.
     
  20. Bob Comer

    Bob Comer Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    648
    405
    0
    Location:
    South Carolina low country
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    For some it would, I agree, but there really is too many accidents caused by texting. Anyway, I don't see it ever happening.
     
Loading...