|Not the best view of Cumbria.|
|An utterly impractical picnic space.|
2. A high tech, heads up windscreen display. This could be plugged into a smart phone so that, when parked in your soggy spot of choice, your position can be determined by GPRS and your windscreen can then download a picture of the view which you ought to be able to see if only there wasn't a monsoon in progress. Maybe birdsong could be played to drown out the sound of the rain thundering into the roof of the car to make the effect complete.
3. A door to roof awning. The awning could be stored in the roof lining and on wet days a simple switch at the top of the door would attach it, so that when the door swings open it unfolds to provide a small dry area just big enough for you to clamber in and out of your walking boots. Having seats that can revolve through 90 degrees would also help a lot. To complete the effect boot brushes could also be stored in the bottom of the doors and flipped down when required to get rid of the worst of the mud.
4. All car boots MUST be easily accessible from inside the car. This should be a legal requirement. Just look at the picture above; with a car full of four people the only room for picnic stuff is in the boot, and that means some mug has to brave the horizontal deluge and stand knee deep in a puddle, which is inevitably in the exact spot you need to stand, in order to get to the goodies. Madness.
|A "perfectly good road" according to my Father-in-Law.|
I beg to differ.
6. Never mind parking sensors, we need puddle depth detectors for bumpy tracks to hidden away car parks. How deep are the puddles in the photograph? And how am I supposed to find out without grounding out either the exhaust or the door sills? Following the tracks of a previous car may be of some use, but not if that was a 4x4 and you're in a clapped out Ford Focus. Some sort of sonar device should do the job nicely.
Maybe some forward thinking manufacturers have already included some of these in their designs, if so, please let me know as we're going to be getting a new (well, second hand) car in the next few months. I'm also pretty sure there are many other things I've missed, so do feel free to add your suggestions below. In the meantime I'm off to have my lunch now, sat outside in the sunshine, just to prove it doesn't always rain up here.