Everyday UX: Car windows
A humorous endeavour to make our lives insignificantly better
One’s car is often more than just a means of getting from point A to point B. It is the only place you can relax in between daily tasks. It is not simply a utility to take you home but rather a place to come home to while you are out in the world seeking refuge between meetings.
You want it to offer the most convenience, the best experience possible and yet there is one tiny little thing wrong with it thats bother you every day.
Dear master car electrician — in some grand brainstorming session you and your million-strong army of engineers have figured out what for and when a car of the modern day would need electricity.
It used to be simple:
Turn the key — wake the car. Ignition off — the car would die.
No more indicators, headlights, radio, navigation — nothing. Turn off the engine and all you had left was a flimsy gloom providing just enough light to find your most dear belonings and get out.
Thankfully that has changed. We clearly need to listen to podcasts independently of the engine running. We want hazard lights, seat warmers, convertible tops and drink coolers working whenever it pleases us — so you made it happen and we will be eternally grateful!
But you wanted to make sure that your work was valued and your power over humanity was acknowledged. You thought of a way to gently remind us of your existance every single time we completed a journey having payed little heed to the thought processes required to make the experience feel seemless — a last gasp that would go unnoticed by executives but would act as a gentle reminder to appreciate your oeuvre.
You gave us electric window lifters and took it upon yourself to decide when we would be able to use them. You decided to let us control convertible tops from the convenience of our remote contol-empowered fingertips, some of your more spiteful colleagues even opted to let us open our car windows independently of inserted car keys or ignition-constituted power distribution. But your guild’s unanimous decision to shame us seems to have manifested itself to this date by limiting our ability to close our car windows once the ignition is turned off.
Given your infinite wisdom we know this is not something you accidentally overlooked. Given the manual command required to execute this task empowers disbelief this decision could have been intended as a safety feature. The absence of this as an optional feature leads us to presume this was not an accountant’s decision either.
We pledge to forever appreciate your genius. We promise to not take given luxuries for granted for we are aware thou haveth the power to take them away.
But we plead — appealing to your human side: Put an end to this madness.