: Driver-activated automatic car doors



richardbbarger
05-30-13, 04:32 PM
Okay, so I don't know the proper terminology.

But if you've ever tried to lean across the front seat to open the passenger door (maybe the passenger's arms are full, or the weather is inclement, or the passenger lacks arm strength), you can easily see how handy it would be to just push a button on the driver's door or the dash, and, voila!, the passenger door opens automatically.

Same should be added for rear doors, so the driver can quickly help those passengers, too.

If manufacturers can put this feature on sliding van or SUV doors, shouldn't this be a no-brainer for a luxury car? The driver has controls for all the power windows; why not the doors, too?

thebigjimsho
05-30-13, 08:20 PM
Sliding doors and windows don't intrude into the path of pedestrians or other automobiles. Not a good idea...

richardbbarger
05-31-13, 12:03 AM
bjs, it seems that you have never had to reach across the front seat (or into the back seat) to help someone open the car door.

Clearly, the only time you'd use this feature would be when a passenger was approaching the car. It is no more or less safe than them opening the door themselves. And usually when you're loading the car, you're parked somewhere, not in a lane of moving traffic. And, of course, it wouldn't have to open the door fully; the distance could be adjustable, or limited to just clearing the latch.

I wouldn't think safety was an issue, for most passengers -- and drivers -- look at what's going on around them before opening any door.

thebigjimsho
05-31-13, 09:29 PM
It's a safety issue.

TulsaVic
06-01-13, 10:52 AM
"I wouldn't think safety was an issue, for most passengers -- and drivers -- look at what's going on around them before opening any door."

On what planet do you drive? Just yesterday I saw a guy with his mp3 player in one ear, his cell phone in the other, and leaning over looking like he was trying to input something in his GPS (or fishing for something in the glove box). I think most drivers are oblivious to what's going on around them, or consider themselves masters of the universe so the world should be looking out for them.

I second the safety issue.....

richardbbarger
06-01-13, 02:58 PM
Apples and kumquats, TV.

I completely agree, if the "guy with his mp3 player in one ear, his cell phone in the other, and leaning over looking like he was trying to input something in his GPS (or fishing for something in the glove box)" was >driving< at the time, he oughta be pulled over, before he hurts someone.

But, if he was on the highway, he wouldn't have been opening the door for a passenger.

It is a bit disingenuous to hijack a discussion about helping a passenger enter a parked car with a complaint about dangerous drivers.

TulsaVic
06-02-13, 08:50 AM
Apples and kumquats, TV.

I completely agree, if the "guy with his mp3 player in one ear, his cell phone in the other, and leaning over looking like he was trying to input something in his GPS (or fishing for something in the glove box)" was >driving< at the time, he oughta be pulled over, before he hurts someone.

But, if he was on the highway, he wouldn't have been opening the door for a passenger.

It is a bit disingenuous to hijack a discussion about helping a passenger enter a parked car with a complaint about dangerous drivers.


The point being, if a driver is this distracted while driving, I can't imagine him/her paying MORE attention to what's going on around him when stationary. Since the originator mentions helping someone "with their arms full", he's not talking about a door simply unlatching and opening an inch or two. Sounds more like a pretty wide open swing. Combine that with an equally distracted pedestrian/bike rider/car-driver and you're looking for a lawsuit.

Lizbill
06-11-13, 02:48 PM
even Rolls and Bentleys don't have these features, unless they are Chauffeur driven.

richardbbarger
06-11-13, 11:22 PM
even Rolls and Bentleys don't have these features, unless they are Chauffeur driven.

Perhaps no one has thought of/suggested a driver assist for passenger doors before now; all ideas get their start >somewhere<.

I know I've never seen it discussed elsewhere, but based on 50 years of driving experience -- apparently, more careful driving experience than discussed earlier in this thread -- it certainly would be a handy feature.

If a driver doesn't feel comfortable with his abilities, then like so many other assistive features on this fine car, he wouldn't have to use it.

rueben44
06-16-13, 07:12 AM
Some cars have a power door pull like 7 series, S classes, and even Lexus LS's. Now the Corvette, XLR and the forth coming ELR have power releases so what you're asking is possible for a manufacture to do without it being a safety issue if it just releases the door like those systems. Still even a passenger can push a button with their hands full to release the door in say a Vette

Funny you ask about this though because I was just thinking why do luxury cars still have manual releases when you pull on the handle? I was watching a video of the new S-Class. It would seem that if you have your fob you should be able to just touch the handle and the door should eject/release say like the Vette door does but with a real handle. Just a thought that came to mind while watching today.

Lizbill
06-16-13, 07:34 AM
And, why doesn't the caddy have an automatic trunk opener and closer??Some cheaper cars and SUVs have them.

thebigjimsho
06-19-13, 03:48 PM
Go buy them, then.

gohawks63
06-19-13, 06:56 PM
Some cars have a power door pull like 7 series, S classes, and even Lexus LS's. Now the Corvette, XLR and the forth coming ELR have power releases so what you're asking is possible for a manufacture to do without it being a safety issue if it just releases the door like those systems. Still even a passenger can push a button with their hands full to release the door in say a Vette

Funny you ask about this though because I was just thinking why do luxury cars still have manual releases when you pull on the handle? I was watching a video of the new S-Class. It would seem that if you have your fob you should be able to just touch the handle and the door should eject/release say like the Vette door does but with a real handle. Just a thought that came to mind while watching today.

The CTS coupe has the same feature. It doesn't have an interior door release, it only has a button that will pop the door open. It will not swing it open and I agree that it would be a safety issue with traffic, also how far do you have it swing out? In a parking lot you run the risk of hitting the car parked next to you, where as parked near a curb it could swing out further.

When I was a kid I was riding my bike in the street along parked cars. Some guy opened his driver door without looking. I hit his open door and was launched off my bike and I landed on my back in the middle of the street. Fortunately the people driving saw it coming and they were able to stop before running over me. Now can you imagine if this feature were available and someone got seriously hurt or killed? Lawsuit waiting to happen.