Reject a gadget
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.