Okay, I thought about putting this in the Scenarios heading, but it just seems to apply more to Related Equipment, so...
I would like to know others' experiences with "Helpful Features" in daily use items that they feel are potentially dangerous.
A feature of my job as Security Chief for my Hotel, I sometimes park cars. This is a perk for me as every once in a while, I get to drive something very, very cool. Maserati, an Aston Martin or two, and even a true original: A One-Of-A-Kind Ford GT especially made for the Gentleman who invented "Crocs", those plastic shoes/sandals. Alright, I didn't drive it, but he drove me to the Valet Parking spot.
He gunned it as we passed 2 Cruiser Cops, 2 Horse Cops, and 2 Bike Cops all talking on the corner.
What did they do?
Gawked and pointed excitedly. I guess even the Police can be impressed sometimes!
Anyhoo, one feature that I think is absolutely one of the worst case examples of what we refered to in the Marines as "Good Initiative, Bad Judgment":
When you park a newer car, I've noticed more and more of them have a dome light that comes on as soon as the vehicle is put in "Park". Some of them kick on the light when you cut the ignition.
This is absolutely idiotic.
Why would I want the contents of the car made known to everyone around? What if I am just trying to enjoy a park view without drawing attention to myself? What if my Wife is alone in the car, and is in a less than savory section of town (more common than you might think right near a city)?
I get the idea that you may want to locate all your stuff before getting out, but allow me the choice to flip a switch (physically impossible for us downtrodden troglodytes?) to achieve this end.
Some cars even unlock the doors for you when you put it in "Park". Helpful, huh?
Chevy is bad for this, as is Toyota, but off the top of my head I can't think of specific make/models that do this. Keep in mind, I have come across cars that will NOT allow you to turn off these "helpful" features.
I have to say that these would be deal-breakers for me. I really would go all through the process of test-driving a car and loving it only to get to that feature and walk off the lot. Maybe then the dealers will start to pass the complaint up their Chain of Command?
Got any of your own?