Innovation for drivers of old cars
Modern day drivers tend to keep their cars far longer than any other generation because vehicle reliability has improved. As someone unwilling to fork out extra cash for a new vehicle loaded with options, I bought a used car off of craigslist at a fraction of the cost of other vehicles. I had no reason to upgrade my 19 year old stereo to a bluetooth system with my simple, yet effective innovation. There are only a few cheap parts required to put an auxiliary cable in an outdated car. I opted for a cassette tape with a headphone jack, a female-female cable adapter, and a male-male headphone cable with a remote. The cassette tape wire was routed behind the stereo to meet the female adapter underneath the removable cup holders in my E36 BMW. The male cable is joined with the adapter under the console. Removing my coin holder’s spring loaded shafts, I pulled the cable upward through one side and back down into the console in the opposite coin slot. This leaves the remote (with buttons to lower volume, pause/skip, and increase volume) exposed, crossing over the coin holder. The rest of the cable was pulled through the first coin slot to rest in the cupholder, waiting to be plugged into my smartphone. This also ensures that I never take my eyes off of the road to skip a song, since I can simply feel around for the remote, on what was once a useless coin holder, to skip to the next song. This solution for me to play music from my phone in an old car has performed flawlessly for over a year and cost less than $25. My favorite part is that this adaptation utilizes existing components in my car to provide functionality without the cost.
I came up with this idea because I wanted a simple way to play music in my outdated car while ensuring my own safety because I can focus on the road when driving. This is my own practical solution to keep myself from diverting my driving attention and has been successful in helping me to form good habits.