Years rearview mirror. Saab vs. Digitalization.

The special kind of annual rearview mirror. I've been driving a company car for several months now. The first "non-Saab" in almost 10 years. German make, premium. There is not much more to say 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 takes the pressure off and helps to 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 newspaper on paper. Consciously, and stick with it as long as possible. Readers who have been following the blog for a while know that I make my living in IT. I've been experiencing digitization for decades, long before the word was invented. However, I work in the sensitive area that is only used when nothing works and all alarm lights are on. I experience the effects from their 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. Text me. For example, if I forget to lock it again. Happened to me again and again, so far without consequences. My Saab then stands patiently in the parking lot and waits. The company car answers. Doors open or the panoramic roof not closed. You can then close it with your smartphone. But there is more communication. A few days ago at the Italian breakfast. The company car is parked in another city, not moved 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 in irritation. The company car, it drives him into the workshop. And because he's a smart computer, he writes me straight away what needs to be done, lists each 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 on the road together again. Now he wants to make a phone call. Call the authorized workshop immediately. He conjures up the extension number from the cloud. Or data cloud, as German politicians call their new digital territory. Make an appointment. Anyway, he's polite enough to ask me before dialing the supervisor's extension. I like? I don't feel like it and I forbid him to do so. Now he is offended and hides himself in silence. But 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 trolley a person of respect. The clarifying bill follows at the end.

Modern cars optimize us. You try. The AI ​​reads to me where the traffic gets slower, it senses my routes, it minimizes my travel times. She recognizes problems before I suspect them. That's good - objectively. But it's also boring. Because it robs us of something that defines life. The adventure, the imponderable.

The interaction between man and machine, the sensitive anticipation of the conditions, it falls by the wayside. We will lose these skills. Readers remember my tour with the Saab 9-3 Aero. A defective car that heroically tows its way home via Kiel, Hamburg, Hanover. In the end it did 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 will perhaps give you the next software update. Great, one more feature when things go 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 on "Years rearview mirror. Saab vs. Digitalization."

  • 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

  • Even older SAABs can be brought up to date by the multimedia system with little effort.

    I recently installed one of the most modern multimedia retrofit systems and have just driven over 3500 km with it 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 "eye-friendly" 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 approx. 2 hours of installation time. And with the performance of the Turbo X, you are absolutely still “at the forefront”. 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 heated seats on the rear seats.

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  • 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.

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

  • @ 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.

  • Better light - bought. But even worse than all the nonsense that nobody needs is the fact that new cars would probably send my entire automotive "résumé", from the weight of my accelerator to the seat setting to my favorite music, to the respective hardware and software manufacturer permanently . A new Saab would of course do that too. And so I also appreciate the calm and calmness of my 9-5, in which I can still actively drive, think and act myself.
    All Saab and blog fans and of course the blog team a happy start to a Saab 2020!

  • 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!

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  • Quote: The silence. Radio off, smartphone off. And rest is in the Saab.
    Yep, and that's why I continue my analogue Czech station wagon, for lack of SAAB. I would like to keep / preserve the basic version in the car. Sharpen your own senses. If in doubt, make it more cautious ... The smartphone is sufficient for the technical "adjustment".
    In this sense, an exciting (and healthy) new decade!

  • I am always fascinated to find out what the digital revolution has brought us. So, of course, I also know Twitter, Facebook, etc. But I don't use it! So digitally I am a completely hopeless case. As an incredibly old “boomer”, the “nerd” youth repeatedly warn me to finally become more digital now.

    So I can only just write e-mails and I “always” try to write them the way I usually write letters. My son recently commented that it would be completely behind the moon. He is right, and yet I am not ashamed to continue doing this. There are supposed to be very young and hip people who find e-mails completely unsexy. No problem for me, because you can write me a letter as an alternative. Whereby some fail with the sender and recipient (I've really already seen it). The last almost insurmountable hurdle is sufficient postage. "Age" 80 euro cents for a letter! Are you really serious?

    I have to admit enviously 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 am rather at war. Why actually an email from the car and when to do something, when every halfway sensible 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 slip in the engine compartment required). Then even older cars will have a few control lights and older drivers will often still have functioning hearing. So when it squeaks or rattles, they usually call the screwdriver they 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 have something done again is really not the solution. How often do you catch yourself deleting emails just like that, even though they might be important. A bad thing when it comes to sinister e-mails from your own car. If you ignore them, or if you even delete them, then the guarantee is instantaneous. Shit happens! So what!

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  • Saab 2020

    To be 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 exhausting. Whether the oncoming traffic was worse or better than me doesn't matter. In both directions of travel, 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 discuss that for a long time. For a 2020 Saab, I would have wished that the trolls would have 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?

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

    I can understand that with the light and the eyes in the night. However, I can not find any disadvantage with my two (admittedly younger, MY 2011 and 2012) Saabs. Both have super bright xenon cornering lights, which feels even a touch better in the Griffin (maybe because of the ice-blue mirror?). (And also LED parking lights, the chic strip that we "abuse" as daytime running lights.) The Saab light does not do any worse than the LED light in the BMW 5 Series MY 2018 that my husband drives, it is just as bright. The only difference is the very practical motorway, country road light, etc. of the BMW, i.e. the automatic fading in and out - but I can do that myself quite well. Conclusion: In my experience, the Saab xenon light is in no way inferior to modern LEDs. BUT: The horrible, completely misshapen speedometer on the BMW is annoying. What a treat, on the other hand, are the all-round successful Saab instruments with the wonderful night panel! 🙂

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  • With a joke on your 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

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

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