Re­ject a gad­get

Herald Sun - Motoring - - IN THE GARAGE - JD

CAN cars have too many gad­gets? Hyundai’s top of the range Santa Fe High­lander has radar cruise con­trol — you can ad­just the gap to the car ahead with four pre­de­ter­mined dis­tances.

It also has auto stop-start in city traf­fic (it brakes au­to­mat­i­cally; just press a but­ton on the steer­ing wheel to get go­ing again), blind zone warn­ing (when a car or mo­tor­cy­cle is in your over shoul­der view) and auto par­al­lel park­ing (a party trick, be­cause it takes longer than park­ing by your­self, but still cool nonethe­less).

But the lat­ter is caus­ing me grief, in a #FirstWorldProb­lem way. Ex­tra sen­sors are re­quired for self-park­ing but ev­i­dently the High­lander can’t dis­able the rear park­ing sen­sors when a trailer is at­tached.

On the pre­vi­ous model (with rear park­ing sen­sors but with­out self-park­ing or blind zone), the re­verse park­ing beeps disen­gaged when the car sensed a trailer con­nec­tion.

But the High­lander, ap­pro­pri­ately at the peak of Hyundai’s hi-tech, doesn’t yet have the smarts to do that.

Ap­par­ently the en­gi­neers didn’t want to tam­per with the self-park­ing tech.

For now I’m get­ting used to switch­ing off the park­ing sen­sor but­ton each time I re­verse a trailer. Un­for­tu­nately I’m quite rub­bish at re­vers­ing, so I need to press the but­ton sev­eral times to dis­able the beep dur­ing each ma­noeu­vre.

Mean­while I have come up with a new name for the buzzer. We can’t print it here.

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