In a classic Seinfeld episode, Kramer test-drives a car and convinces the car salesman that they should find out how far the needle will go beyond the E (as in empty).
It really is a topical episode because there isn’t an easy way to tell how much petrol is left in your vehicle’s tank. You can guess but if you really want to be sure you have to open the tank and check (if you can) or fill ‘er up.
Is it really that difficult to create a readout that’ll tell you exactly how much fuel is left in your tank? I see digital readouts in petrol stations, so the obvious question is, Why aren’t they in the vehicles we drive? I’ve seen some trip odometers which are digital, so it can be done. Even an analog readout would work better than the best-guess approach that we have to use now.
How come we have advanced fuel-injection technology but no easy way to tell if we need to refill the ol’ tank? Knowing that your vehicle will get you home without needing a pit stop, especially at the end of a long day, would be such a relief.
Then again, you could use GPS to navigate to the nearest petrol station. Ah, technology.