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Enviroment Activated Power Windows Printer Friendly Version
Ever had an occurrence where you forgot to roll up your car's power windows and the interior of the car got completely drenched after a rain storm? Or perhaps you didn't crack open the power windows while parked during a fiery heat wave and object to getting in your car. Worst yet, your pet was left there and is getting roasted.
For these, and a whole lot of other scenarios, it would be nice to have the car's body computer automatically activate the power windows. Many newer cars already have a rain sensor, an external (or internal) temperature sensor, and a multitude of other sensor which can enhance the system. So in one case the rain detector senses the rain and informs the body computer to roll up the power windows. will automatically roll up the power windows. These features would be enabled with the computerized interface available on many newer cars. And in a not too distant future with internet-enabled car, you will be able to control and check the status of these features.

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Hydraulic car Printer Friendly Version
I am not an engineer but it seems to me that a light car should be able to be propelled for short trips by human power. I suggest a bicycle drive connected to a hydraulic pump that in turn feeds an orbit motor or perhaps directly to an automatic transmission. I suggest hydraulic power rather than mechanical drive because a relatively small hydraulic pump can produce tremendous pressure. Heat from the oil flow could be cooled through the existing oil cooler or directed to an interior heater for cold climates.
It likely could not develop highway speeds but most urban traffic now flows at less than 60km/hour. For longer trips perhaps it could be supplemented with a small gasoline engine similar to those used on bicycles occasionally.
I welcome advice or suggestions.

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