Years rearview mirror. Saab vs. Digitalization.

The special rear-view mirror. I've been driving a company car for several months. The first “non-Saab” in almost 10 years. German brand, premium. You don't have to say much more about it. The arguments for a new, modern car can sometimes not be dismissed out of hand. In my case, it was the intelligent lighting system that made the difference.

Saab vs. Digitalization. The analog is definitely the more elegant car.
Saab vs. Digitalization. The analog is definitely the more elegant car. And no, the blue one is not my company car.

Because my eyes are not as powerful at night as they were 20 years ago.

And everything that relieves them and helps make driving safer is good. With the company car, digitization also conquered my last analog bastion. Well, almost at least. I still treat myself to the daily paper on paper. Be aware and stay with it as long as possible. Readers who have been following the blog for a while know that I make my money in IT. I have been experiencing digitization for decades, long before the word was invented. However, I work in the sensitive area, which is only used when nothing works and all alarm lights are on. I am experiencing the effects of its difficult side as a fire brigade and last resort. Hence my critical look at some developments.

My car is writing. SMS or mail.

And now, a digital car. It communicates with me. Write me a text message. Like when I forgot to lock it again. Happens to me again and again, so far without consequences. My Saab then stands silently in the parking lot and waits. The company car answers. Doors open or the panorama roof not closed. Can then be closed using a smartphone. But there is more communication. A few days ago at the Italian breakfast. The company car is parked in another city and has not been in motion for days. He sends me an email. Look, I tell my wife, an email from my car. The best wife of all raises her eyebrow irritated. The company car drives him to the workshop. And because he is a smart computer, he immediately writes what needs to be done, lists every part and the final price. Then he becomes demanding. Hey man, 30 days. The clock is running.

1 day later. The company car and I are traveling together again. Now he wants to make a phone call. Call the authorized workshop immediately. He conjures up the extension from the cloud. Or data clouds, as German politicians call their digital territory. Make an appointment. After all, he's so polite to ask me before dialing the supervisor's extension. I like? I have no desire and forbid him. Now he is offended and is silent. But it only lasts for 2 days.

That is the present, and my communicative vehicle is still reserved. Other brands are beeping, noisy, demanding. They scan the driver and ask him to keep his eyes on the road. Or tell every crap that I don't want to know.

Saab vs. digitalization

The silence. Radio off, smartphone off. And rest is in the Saab. What do old, analogue cars have to counter the digital wave? None of my Saabs write an email or SMS. Not until now. And if so, he would fax it or teleprinter try. Both antique and unknown to the younger generations. Ashamed, he points out on the display when he thinks an inspection is appropriate. What parts he needs, how much money it could cost - he has no idea. I also don't. Every service in a workshop remains a surprise, the mechanic screwing on the car a respectful person. The clarifying bill follows at the end.

Modern cars optimize us. You are trying. The AI ​​reads to me where the traffic becomes viscous, it senses my routes, it minimizes my travel times. She recognizes problems before I suspect them. That's good - objectively speaking. But it is also boring. Because it robs us of something that makes life. The adventure, the unpredictable.

The interplay between man and machine, the sensitive awareness of the situation, remains by the wayside. We will lose these skills. Readers remember my tour with the Saab 9-3 Aero. A broken car heroically dragging itself home over Kiel, Hamburg, Hanover. In the end, yes remains lying and needs the towing service. Since then I have always been talking about and amusing with my friends in my old cars. Old cars, the analogue, they have something to report. You live and experience something with them, even if you could do without some experiences. The fact that they are not perfect increases the perceived lifetime.

Future generations will have an optimized mobility experience. As a highlight, digitization may give them the next software update. Great, one more feature if it goes well. A bug and a system crash if not. No sparkling prospects!

The year 2019 ends, and a new decade begins in the 20s. Electrically and with the force of digitization of mobility.

I wish the readers a good start. Stay relaxed. And analogously. Just keep driving Saab!

16 thoughts too "Years rearview mirror. Saab vs. Digitalization."

  • With humor and SAAB into the next decade. Simply delicious! Thank you and the blogger team and all Saabers a good start in 2020!

  • Oh yes, it is. As long as possible I drive my analog Saab.
    As always, Tom's contribution was very good.
    Keep it up!!
    An analog Saab decade for everyone

  • I wish you all a happy new year and a safe journey into 2020.
    It would be really exciting which Saab 2020 lighting system could have been installed, in combination with Nightpanel. The best light outside is of no use if you are blinded and distracted by the instruments.

    • Almost all modern vehicles miss the night panel. The interiors are simply too bright. Porsche makes an exception in the Taycan. There is a digital night panel here, thanks to ex-Saab designer Michael Maurer.
      Today we would probably use Matrix HD light from Hella drive. Saab and Hella had a long and good relationship.

  • With scraps on the neck ...

    written, entertaining and yet also a stimulating topic. I could now write entire encyclopedias about electrical devices, hardware and software and obsolescence.
    But what for? We have all disposed of a number of fully functional devices for a long time because the manufacturers have discontinued support (no longer up-to-date software) or because two new batteries for the screwdriver cost just as much as a new set.

    And we all disposed of a lot more of defective devices because a repair would not have paid off.

    I get scared when I transfer these experiences to mobility. Scrapping premiums will no longer be needed to boost the economy. It then cranks all by itself in the direction of planned obsolescence, the maximum use of resources and the largest possible garbage pile.

    But tomorrow is not yet evening every day. Tomorrow is New Year's Eve. Happy new year.

  • Simply wonderfully written! "Look, an email from my car" - which leads to an irritated eyebrow lash. Delicious! 🙂

    I can understand that with the light and the eyes at night. However, I can see no disadvantage for my two (admittedly younger, MY 2011 and 2012) Saabs. Both have super bright xenon cornering lights, which is felt even better in the Griffin (maybe because of the ice blue mirror?). (And also LED parking light, the chic stripe that we “abuse” as daytime running lights.) The Saab light does not do a bit worse compared to the LED light in the BMW 5 Series MY 2018 that it drives is just as bright. The only difference is the very practical highway, country light, etc. of the BMW, i.e. the automatic fade-in and fade-out - but I can do that myself quite well. Conclusion: In my experience, the Saab xenon light is in no way inferior to the modern LED. BUT: The terrible, completely misshaped speedometer on the BMW is annoying. What a treat, however, are the all-round successful Saab instruments with the wonderful night panel! 🙂

  • Saab 2020

    If I'm honest, an automatic low beam would have made me a better road user. There are a few night drives on hilly and winding country roads that I remember as very tiring. It doesn't matter whether the oncoming traffic was worse or better than me. In both directions, the high beam did not always work optimally ...

    The xenons of my Saab still convince me in their effect, but they have long since overtaken as an expensive and technically too complex bridge technology. Ballasts for high voltage and burners with noble gas in the age of LEDs?

    You don't have to argue for long. For a 2020 Saab, I would have wished that the trolls had participated in technical progress without submitting to the zeitgeist and the latest craze in all respects ...

    But then you would probably still be broke anyway, or precisely because of that tomorrow?

  • I am always fascinated to learn what the digital revolution brings us. So of course I also know Twitter, Facebook etc. I don't use them! Digitally, I am a completely hopeless case. As an incredibly old “boomer”, the “nerdy” youth repeatedly warns me to finally finally become more digital.

    So I can still just write e-mails and I "always" try to write them in the same way that I usually write letters. My son recently commented that it was probably completely behind the moon. He is right and yet I am not ashamed to continue to do so. There are supposed to be very young and hip people who find emails completely unsexy. No problem for me, because you can alternatively write me a letter. Some of them already fail with the sender and recipient (I've really seen this happen). As the last seemingly insurmountable hurdle, there is sufficient clearance. “Age” 80 euro cents for a letter! Are you really serious?

    I have to acknowledge without envy that my two 21-year-olds 9-5 really can't keep up with the new light. With other meaningful messages from the on-board electronics, I'm more at war. Why actually send an email from the car and when to do what, when every reasonably reasonable car driver opens the bonnet at least every 10 days. In addition to the oil level, the coolant level, etc., you can also check when the next oil change is due (service booklet or note in the engine compartment provided). Then even older cars have a few warning lights and older drivers often even have functional hearing. So when it squeaks or rattles, they usually call the driver of their trust. The relationship with the car remains a little more analogous and caring. On the other hand, a “cold hearted” email from the car that you have to do something again really doesn't have to be the solution. How often do you catch yourself deleting any emails in this way, although they may be important. A bad thing if it is intimidating mail from your own car. If you ignore them or delete them, the guarantee is quickly lost. Shit happens! So what!

  • Quote: The silence. Radio off, smartphone off. And rest is in the Saab.
    Jepp, and that's why I continue to drive my analog Czech station wagon, due to the lack of SAAB. I would like to keep / preserve the basic version in the car. Sharpen your senses. Makes you more careful when in doubt ... The smartphone is enough for the technical "adjustment".
    In this sense, an exciting (and healthy) new decade!

  • First of all, many thanks for the great article written with humor and humor!
    I experience the same thing in my Saab and that is exactly what makes the car so fun and appealing to me. And that it's a convertible (actually that's the main reason 😉)!
    On the other hand, I have a car with the latest technology, but I think that's a good thing. In addition to the LED light, the distance radar control (or as the thing is called) parking / blind spot assistant, even more airbags are things that make life easier, more comfortable and safer. So it is good that there is this development in cars. Everything has definitely saved many lives. But with all the good technology, these cars have one thing, one soul!

    I wish bloggers and all readers a happy new year!

  • Better light - bought. But even worse than all the frills that no one needs, I find the fact that new cars would probably send my entire automotive “curriculum vitae”, from the weight of my gas pedal to the seat setting to favorite music, permanently to the respective hardware and software manufacturer , Of course, a new Saab would do the same. And so I also appreciate the calmness and calmness of my 9-5, in which I can still drive, think and act actively.
    All Saab and blog fans and of course the blog team a happy start to a Saab 2020!

  • @ Griffin,

    good point. In the future, the cars will write stories about their drivers, they are our chroniclers. And they also read them thanks to AI and cloud.
    They talk and blaspheme with one another more about us than we would have ever talked about in the entire history of the automobile.

    Then the Audi driving in front of the MB behind him, sorry buddy, says that my driver won't let you in and imagine that the fool has also forgotten his cell phone. He also seems tired to me. Nevertheless, he switched off the lane departure warning system because I think he would have intervened too often. The music here is unbearable too.
    How are you doing? Please send me a few photos of your driver. I'm bored.

  • Great, Herbert Hürsch - it is good to know that in the future the cars will have fun even without a driver ...

  • GREAT REPORT, I also drive a new car on business but have deselected all automatics except Led Matrix and ordered a six-cylinder for the price. At least that's not annoying.
    But I'm looking forward to spring when my two Saab 9-3 (2001 and 2010) are allowed to come to light again.

  • Older SAABs can also be updated with the multimedia system with little effort.

    I recently installed one of the most modern multimedia retrofit systems and just drove it over 3500 km over Christmas. And it fits perfectly into the SAAB cockpit. I was able to adapt the controls and the display colors exactly to the original "eyes" green.

    So my 9-3 Turbo X recently started to write SMS and Whatsapp and read me new messages if I want to. I can also check emails and have them read to me. Calls and changes channels to voice commands. Is also connected to the buttons on the steering wheel.

    Intelligent voice control would also be available if I took the time to learn the control terms or use the option to enter my own commands in my own voice. Or if I wanted, my wife could say the navigation commands of the navigation system and then I would also hear them while driving and follow their instructions :-). In addition to my own navigation system, I can also navigate via Waze or another online system. Speed ​​camera warnings are updated via mobile phone.

    Digital radio is awesome and Ipod is also connected via old Iphone.

    That was actually completely plug and play and completed within about 2 hours of installation. And with the driving performance of the Turbo X, you are still absolutely “up there”. And the lighting system is still perfect. And the rest of the comfort leaves nothing to be desired. The only point is the lack of seat heating on the rear seats.

  • Do you have some more information about the multimedia system or could you write your own blog post about it? There would be a lot of 9-3III drivers who would be interested


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