The New York Times has a piece on automobile technologies not likely to be coming to the states anytime soon. It's a short article and focuses largely on the legal environment of the US as the technology limiter---mentioning only things like TV in cars, web & email, and self-parallel-parking modes.
Seeing this article made me think about the actual important technologies that haven't made it to cars in the US...fuel-efficient diesels, fuel-efficient anything, gasoline direct-injection engines, the common European rain-sensing wipers and roadway hazard radio modes, navigation systems that work, heck, even lots of good car models fail to make it to the states. Check out a copy of Car magazine (British general sort of car magazine, available at Barnes & Noble and the like) or Evo (for the higher performance crowd, similar availability) and see some of the examples. I think there's more at work than just lawsuits. Are the profit margins on cars very different here and in Europe? Japan? I'm not sure.Posted by duver001 at October 26, 2004 3:54 PM