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Two California State Universities will be doing research on a plug-in Prius.

I really hope it becomes feasible. I wonder what it will cost in the final analysis?

Mupdatage

Aug. 22nd, 2006 12:35 pm
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I had to take my baby(The Prius) into the shop all day today. There was a defect in the steering column (or something to that affect--with me it's "blah blah blah car parts blah blah"), and it was also time for my 30,000 mile service. 18 months and 30,000 miles. Not bad.

Anyway, they gave me a free rental. A dadgum Toyota Corolla. Corollas are great cars, but man, the Prius is far more comfy. I wish they would give me a comparable car for the day instead of giving me the low end rental. Foo.

But, it's transportation, and that's cool.

The fact that an article was written that features Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Osama bin Laden and the phrase "sex slave" is a greater horror than anything else I care to imagine.

Prius Mods

Feb. 21st, 2006 11:17 am
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I bought two modification packs from Coastal Electronic Technologies last night.

Mod one: http://www.coastaletech.com/electric_only_mode.htm

and Mod two:
http://www.coastaletech.com/nav_kit.htm

I look forward to seeing how they work. One will allow me to use the electric engine only at speeds under 34mph. The other will let my passenger (ahem) operate the nav system while I drive.

Good fun.

The company seems to have a very rudimentary order form, so we'll see if they deliver.
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While I'm waiting for my favored ipod integration device for my Prius, here's another cool gadget I want to buy, and will likely do so, soon:

http://www.coastaletech.com/nav_kit.htm

You see, I went on a spontaneous road trip yesterday, and [livejournal.com profile] taogrl went with me. I can see why they don't want to encourage anyone to use the nav system wile driving, but it would have been nice for my passenger to be able to use it.

Also, hell, I want to run that thing whenever I want to, as well. And while this could pose a danger. I don't think it poses any more danger than trying to operate my cd changer and stereo while I drive.

However, when I buy this gadget and proceed to drive myself into a swamp in the middle of East BF (I'm not in the mood to type out the tasteless words this morning, kids), you will know why.
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I'm waiting for this.

I was looking at other interfaces today, and found this site fairly plausible on the solutions.

The prospect that Coast Tech's solution could let me use existing factory radio controls and the touch screen to run my ipod rules my brain. Hands down. I'm going nuts with my cassette interface, but I shall wait.
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So, I got my stickers in the mail that will allow my Prius into the carpool lane with only one driver (me) in it.

I was surprised that there would be 4 stickers as opposed to one sticker in the rear of the vehicle. In fact, one sticker needs to go on each side of the car: front bumper, rear bumper, left rear quarterpanel, right rear quarter panel.

And it wouldn't be so bad if they weren't big stickers.

Here, I took a terrible photo of them. And yes, since I am in a hurry, I didn't take care to auto-focus, etc. The point is, these stickers are big.



It doesn't help that I don't really like placing stickers on my car. let alone my new car.

So now it comes to this. Carpool lane, or maintaining the integrity of my paint job. Crap.

Of course I'll pick the carpool lane. But I'll feign bitter tears of conflict as I place these bad boys on my beloved blue bleeding heartmobile.

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