NEWS: A winner is me!

By Ejohnson - October 23, 2006
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I;am excellent. I know this to be true because the Toyota Camry Hybrid told me so.
OK. I have a problem with the fact that the Toyota Camry Hybrid feels the need to validate my existence.
Whenever you're finished with the task of carting yourself somewhere and turn the car off, the little which-direction-is-the-power-flowing/information-center screen embedded in the gauge cluster will give you a bar graph representing your awesome! fuel economy. If you do well enough, a small message will appear below telling you that you did--ahem--"excellent!"
I have no truck with getting decent fuel economy, no matter how boring the conveyance. Want to drive so slowly you feel like stabbing yourself in the face with a bulldozer? Go ahead. Want to drive a car so anonymous that you'd need diamond-encrusted go-go dancers installed on the roof to get noticed? Feel free. What you do is your concern.
What I do have an issue with, however, is turning the whole fuel-economy thing into a game whereby you're forced to take your eyes off the road to constantly monitor your mileage and power flow if you desperately aspire to the coveted "excellent!" feedback. Why doesn't the CD slot just spit out gold star stickers and confetti too? Why stop there? Let's let everyone else know--I want the entire world to know that I'm better at saving the planet than them. Klaxons, fireworks, bells, I want it all.
I dunno. I think I may be too worked up about this. What do you think?
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