Boom in gizmo market
the boom in car sales in
the last decade, can accessories and after-sales fitments be far
The market for
these gizmos is also booming. Unfortunately, the luxury items
are the most sought after. Essentials for safety are completely
If you are a
law-abiding and responsible citizen, here is something you
should have in your car. It is called Safe-I auto dipper. As the
name implies, the headlights get automatically dipped when the
sensor sees an approaching carís headlights. So you drive on
low beam. Indian roads would be much safer with an auto dipper.
The manual system works as usual. It is an easy retro-fit
accessory and can be fitted without tampering with the vehicleís
accessory, which is a must, is a baby seat. Names like Baby-care
or Car-mate and others are available in the market but have no
takers. In developed countries a baby seat is mandatory if you
have a child in the car. Children up to the age of eight must
ride in the rear. In India you see children in the lap in the
front seat. It means you do not love your child or care about
his/her safety. Or you donít know that it is extremely
dangerous to have children in the front seat.
There are two
items that should be banned. One is the DVD screen in cars. I
was at a railway crossing waiting behind a car which had a DVD
screen at the rear view mirror level. It was dark so I could see
the movie as well. When we moved off from Pinjore to
Chandimandir, the movie stayed on the DVD screen. This was at
night. Visibility was already low, traffic conditions chaotic
and the driver was watching a movie while driving. Great recipe
The second item
that should be banned is called a necking knob. Itís a great
big knob attached to the steering wheel with power steering. It
allows you to swing the steering wheel with one hand. Not done.
You need both hands on the steering wheel at all times.
The knob sticks
out 8 to 10 cm out of the steering wheel. Depending on where it
has been placed, in case of a collision it will either whack you
in the face, smashing your nose, or in the chest, pushing in a
couple of ribs. The seat belt or the air bag that have been
installed in your car will not be able to protect you in case of
Sun roof is
available for all cars. Wabasto makes the best in the market. A
manual sun roof costs Rs 8,500 and an auto medium size costs Rs
27,000. A large size costs Rs 35,000. Both have a memory,
whatever that means. Wabasto makes these fancy sun roofs and,
yes, they could add fun to drive in the country.
are there aplenty. Every manufacturer has his own special
editions and they cost from Rs 6,000 to up to Rs 20,000. They
play cassettes, discs and even DVDs. The music power output
ranges from 40 watts to 1,000 watts. This is enough for a small
movie hall. At half volume they will damage your ear-drums and
pop the windows out of the car. Extra loud music systems that go
boom-boom make the driver hyper. They are a distraction and
would be better spent on an anti-theft device. Over 75 per cent
of stolen vehicles are never recovered. In Chandigarh, on
average, two vehicles are stolen every day. In India a vehicle
is stolen every six minutes. An affective anti-theft device
costs between Rs 2,500 and Rs 5,000.
gizmo to hit the market is the global positioning system (GPS).
It tells you where you are on the planet at any given time. It
help you find your way in a city you have never been to before.
It will find petrol stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants and
other life support systems. It will find the most convenient and
shortest distance for you. For the tech savy man, this is a
must. It covers only a few cities in the country at the moment.
Chandigarh is not included but you can feed in your own
information and feel safe.