Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Car Thing

America is a land of regulation.  We've been that way....since the Constitution was written.'s a positive thing.  Most of the time, it's an issue of a burden, which outlives itself.

There's this little regulation that we wrote back in 1968.  Nothing is clear about 'why' it was necessary.  The regulation basically states that when you construct a car in America....the light switch can only go from low-beam to high-beam or vice-versa.....period.  Maybe in 1968, there was someone out there with fancy ideas of a medium-beam or ultra-high just don't know.

So, today....Audi is standing there and asking that the regulation be tossed out.  The reason?  They've been messing around with LED bulbs, putting a number of them into the light assembly.  They've put sensors into the actually see ahead.  The sensor will pick up oncoming vehicles, note the light situation, and adjust without any hand movement or foot movement.  The nifty thing?  The light sensor might adjust enough so that a very low beam is now extended out....not affecting on-coming traffic, but giving you a plus-up on just what you see on the road.

But Audi can't deliver this bold new concept to America, unless some idiots change the regulation.

A guy from Bama would be curious about this.  So naturally....he'd ask questions.  Well....this option only comes with the A8, which runs at a minimum of $72k, and the option itself?  It will run around $3k, if it's approved by the US government.

Would you pay for a fancy sensor and light assembly....say $3k?  Would you be willing to part with $72k to get a car with just about everything you dreamed of?

That's the problem.

My humble guess is that maybe a dozen folks throughout the whole state of Alabama might be willing to go and buy such a car.  Most guys would quickly figure up the relationship could buy four Ford F-150's for that amount, or three Mazda MX-5s.  It's not something that would draw you to spend that kind of money.  Course, the other side of this is that it'd be a car that you'd keep for ten years, and likely still be worth $10k at the ten-year point.  But then you wouldn't want to spoil the backseat with bait and tackle, your hunting dog, or such.

The plus-side?  There would be a hundred folks to make their way over to your house, and ask you to demonstrate your light assembly.  Folks would rig up cars to approach on a driveway, and watch in amazement from their lawn chairs as the light switched from high to low on it's own.  You might eventually earn a nickname in the local town...."Audi" Jones.

Stranger things in life have occurred in Bama.

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