Motor Mouth: Frivolous frills which can put you in a pickle

Panasonic's electronic rear-view mirror. Unlike actual mirrors, the images electric rear-view mirrors project lack depth. PHOTO: PANASONIC
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SINGAPORE - Carmakers can often appear like monkeys. When one comes up with a new idea, you can bet your last banana others will ape it.

Modern examples include the sharkfin antennae, dynamic turning lights, full-width rear lights, electronic parking brake, keyless access and ignition, and converting switches, knobs and dials into soft keys on touchscreens which are getting bigger by the year.

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