Too High Tech For Me

January 9, 2008 | 10 Comments   

I collected my car from the airport car rental. I asked for a Japanese car because I will be familiar with that. They gave me a Nissan Altima. A very cool and high tech car. I went to the garage to take my car. I was stuck there for more than 20 minutes.

First problem, I cannot find the car keys. The agent told me that the key is on the door lock. Yeah right! Second problem I cannot find the electric socket (smoking plug) for my GPS navigation system. It was hidden in the compartment between the seats. Who would have guessed?

The key that does not look like a key:

The key slot:

Thirdly, I cannot find the ignition and I donโ€™t know how to start the car. By the way it is a hybrid car. I learned that in order to start the car, you need to place your foot on the brake and push the power button. Yes there is a power button, just like your computer. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ I wonder is there a reboot button.


Fourthly, this I know, there is no hand brake. It has a foot brake. You have to remember to release the foot brake before driving.

And it is one of the noisiest cars I driven. Not the engine, the engine has no sound. It beeps if you forgot to put on seat belt, switch off headlights, change to park gear, lock your doors or leave your foot brake.

Hybrid car uses electrical and fuel to run the car and supposedly very fuel efficient. The Nissan is a very stable car. I flew 120 km/h and it never shook a bit. I am glad I can experience driving one of these cars. It was a great discovery of a hybrid car. Next time, you cannot find the ignition, just press the button.