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Thursday, September 02, 2021

Despite myself, lately I’ve been kicking around the idea of upgrading the stereo in my Jeep Cherokee, strictly to enable the use of my iPod Touch via an in-dash USB port. For as little as I drive the vehicle, it doesn’t make much sense to put any time or money into the sound system — except, of course, that I can’t endure the void of a music-less 10-minute ride.

In the course of my research, I’ve come across a couple of curious concepts from the world of automobile accessories. At least, they’re curious to me, taking into account how far removed I’ve been from this realm:

- Manufacturers still produce after-market car stereo systems with detachable faceplates. This, despite their dubious effectiveness in deterring theft. I was somewhat amazed that this “innovation” seems to still be touted, almost 20 years after it was first introduced. It’s funny to me that there’s apparently no advancement in this field, when I was following this detach-and-carry method back in the early ’90s. They really haven’t come up with a better idea for securing those tricked-out systems, after all this time?

- Strictly as an incidental observation (since I’m not looking for this myself), I’ve seen several car owners employing The Club. Yes, yet another auto-add-on that had its heyday back toward the tail-end of the last century. Again, I was surprised that people still used this relic. I guess it’s somewhat effective, even though a determined car thief can either pop its lock or else saw through the steering wheel to get around it. Again, there’s been nothing better devised that supplants this low-budget deterrent?

I’m sure my surprise at these two personal discoveries mainly serves to highlight how out of touch I’ve been with basic car culture in America. Can’t say I’m feeling any embarrassment from this personal deficit.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/02/2021 10:59pm
Category: Tech
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