Click Here To Restart Your Car

I just saw the very funny usability video called ‘Lexus Self-Parking “Usability” Test‘ (via Matthew Oliphant).

Car vs. ComputerCar manufactures stuff more and more electronic gear into our ‘intelligent’ cars – But how does that effect the user experience? The fellas in the video are not impressed. They even get into a fight over how to operate the interface correctly.

This got me thinking of the story about GM vs. Microsoft that have been going around the internet for many years now. But just in case you haven’t read it yet or if you would like to re-discover it, here it is:

Microsoft vs. General Motors

At a recent computer expo, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated “If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.

In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

  1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
  2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
  3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
  4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
  5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only five percent of the roads.
  6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “General Protection Fault” warning light.
  7. The airbag system would ask “Are you sure?” before deploying.
  8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
  9. Every time GM introduced a new car, car buyers would have to learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
  10. You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off.

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18 Responses to “Click Here To Restart Your Car”

  1. Julien Saumande, du soleil de Provence aux brumes lilloises » Une voiture fonctionnant sous Windows Says:

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  2. Sebhelyesfarku Says:

    Very old.

  3. Michael Bernth Says:

    And still very funny :)

  4. Oven Says:

    Nothing in the world is difficult for one who sets his mind to it.

  5. John Says:

    What about if you added any extra’s or had to change some parts you would have to get a new activation code before allowing you to drive.

  6. Car Electronics Says:

    This post is so true. I am surprised I have not come across this before. Yet it would be nice to have a car with up to 1000 miles per gallon, but it would also be great to have my computer not randomly crash just because it wants to.

  7. Jeff Says:

    The new VW self park system is awesome, in my opinion it was easier to use then Lexus system.

  8. Run Your Car On Water Says:

    I have been using Lexus park system for a year. I think it is one of the best. Unlike Mercedes park system it is more easier to use.

  9. car moving Says:

    hahaha this is hilarious I couldn’t stop laughing, good job GM :p

  10. Used Engines Says:

    Good one.haha very funny

  11. CaronWaterreview Says:

    Oh mine, oh mine, oh mine. I love it, GM gave the best response ever. I especially love # 7. “# The airbag system would ask “Are you sure?” before deploying.”

    You would already died before you even say yes, I am sure

  12. irish gift shop Says:

    Wow, I think I can remember reading that years ago. Very amusing still tho, and totally true.

    A good bit of PR & advertising for GM to boot. I’m sure they loved writing this and circulating it.

  13. second hand vans Says:

    If cars came down in price as much as computers have we would all be very much richer. But then with the rising cost of gas we soon will not be able to afford to drive anyway.

  14. Pittsburgh Used Cars Says:

    Ha, very funny – and so true. Gotta love GM’s response.

  15. Stanislav Says:

    It`s really funny :) In spite of “test” is very old I read it for the first time now.

  16. LED Tail Says:

    What about if you added any extra’s or had to change some parts you would have to get a new activation code before allowing you to drive

  17. Carryl Says:

    yeah, it would really look like that i’m sure :) sad but true

  18. Liverpool Airport Parking Says:

    That’s so funny. Well most of them are true. All of them in fact. GM has done a good job. Sad to see they are suffering with the economic crisis.