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Re: LEAF's Shifter Knob is backwards

Wed May 12, 2010 6:50 am

look at the post above by Yanquetino with the pictures, the Gen 2 Prius HAD the shifter on the dashboard, on the Gen 3 Prius, Toyota moved to a "console like" shifter,right smack between the driver and passenger. I know, I have owned both. I prefered the Gen 2's on the dashboard, the new one is always in my way, and I feel "constrained" in the car..

BTW, the Gen 1 Prius has the shifter on the steering column, old school (it was a mechanical linkage)

Nissan could have gone for a Gen 2 Prius feel, the dashboard shifter worked just fine, and has indicator lights on the display to show the selection.
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Re: LEAF's Shifter Knob is backwards

Sat May 29, 2010 8:01 am

I think the shifter should be on the ceiling of the cabin. Moving it to the left would be Forward and moving it to the right would be Reverse. On Japanese national holidays it would be the other way around, except leap years or years divisible by three. Moving the shifter forward would be simulated engine braking with the energy going to recharge the battery. If the battery is full, the shifter would be blocked from moving forward and a Morse code N (dash, dot) for NO would be beeped by the car's chime. At that point, moving the shifter toward the starboard bow would be simulated engine braking with the energy sent to the car's resistive heater but vented to the outside to avoid overheating the cabin, while moving it toward the port stern would be simulated engine braking with the energy sent to the car's resistive heater and vented into the cabin for cold weather. Moving it toward the rear of the car would be simulated engine braking with the energy used to operate the air conditioner to cool the car in hot weather. Moving the shifter toward the port bow or the starboard stern would activate a loud siren and a hysterical voice (programmable to be male or female) would shout "Please do not move the shifter to this position!"

Aside from the obvious advantages of this system, it would make it impossible for anyone to steal the car without first having learned how to use it. :)
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Re: LEAF's Shifter Knob is backwards

Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:34 pm

Azrich wrote:
All cars with a center gearshift are "backwards".
But why can't the LEAF be different, more intuitive?
EXACTLY!!!!!! I'm sure a lot more people are confused by pushing it forward to go backward and vice-versa than there will be people who say 'Gee, the 1960's European sports cars had reverse left and up and first left and down so that is what I want on every car I own in my lifetime.

One of the brilliant Prius Gen II features was the "it doesn't matter what the transmission is set to 'now', the motion to get to any specific 'gear' is always the same" shifter. The shifter on the Prius II is on the dash, out of the way, reachable without moving your hand off the wheel more than an inch or two. The perfect place for it since you don't need to touch it all that often. But up for reverse is not intuitive. When they moved the shifter to the STUPID waste of space arch on the Gen III, it became totally counter intuitive.

I was REALLY hoping Nissan wasn't as stupid with the 'forward to go backward' shifter but discovered many months ago that my hope was unfounded. At least the Leaf doesn't have the Prius III arch so the cockpit isn't as claustrophobic. Still, they wasted WAY too much space for the shifter and the arm rest is nothing more than an elbow rest given its position well back from the front of the seat.
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Re: LEAF's Shifter Knob is backwards

Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:38 pm

LTLFTcomposite wrote:Every time I see one of these threads where people think this or that should be improved I start to worry somebody from Nissan will see it and decide to slip the schedule redesigning stuff.
They won't, it is functional as designed. However, I (stupidly) hope the Gen II will consider many of the suggestions they will get. They are already 'out of the box' with the first mass production EV. No one buying this car in the first few years will be the "it has to be as much like my last 'x' cars as possible because I can't deal with change" type.
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Re: LEAF's Shifter Knob is backwards

Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:41 pm

EVDRIVER wrote:The direction is that of the matching inertia of the vehicle. It actually is intuitive, if your hand is on it when you accel you don't want to pull it into reverse.
Why would your hand be on it when you accelerate? YOU NEVER TOUCH it except to switch between forward and reverse. Really bad reason. Ever drive a boat? You push the throttle lever FORWARD to go forward and BACKWARD to go backward. AND your hand IS on it because it is both the gear shift AND the fuel flow controller.
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Re: LEAF's Shifter Knob is backwards

Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:47 pm

Yanquetino wrote:
Azrich wrote:But why can't the LEAF be different, more intuitive?
Because it is now "intuitive" for drivers to use the same shifting directions that they have been using for many, many years. If Nissan switched 'R'everse and 'D'rive on the Leaf, I am willing to bet that most new buyers, out of habit, would end up lurching backwards when they wanted to go forward, and vice-versa.
I disagree.
First many of those you showed are 'traditional' automatic formats where you have to go THROUGH reverse to get to drive and THROUGH Reverse to get to park. Given the mechanical linkage, the easiest to do. Plenty stupid on a car with a 'by wire' transmission.
Second, there are only so many people 'used' to the backward format. I would rather see that format be a 'short lived design flaw' in automotive history.
If you can find any vehicle that flip-flops "R" and "D", please post a link to the photo!
If I were to buy one, I would seriously consider figuring out a way to flip it :)
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Re: LEAF's Shifter Knob is backwards

Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:50 pm

evnow wrote:A switch on the dash - that can't be hit by accident is what we need.
Just like the Prius Gen II :)
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Re: LEAF's Shifter Knob is backwards

Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:57 pm

mitch672 wrote:BTW, the Gen 1 Prius has the shifter on the steering column, old school (it was a mechanical linkage)
Actually, it is on the dash between the steering wheel and the display. In the way given its size. It is a vertical implementation of the floor mounted auto.
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Re: LEAF's Shifter Knob is backwards

Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:59 pm

This is why everyone should learn to drive "stick" before anything else!

I've got 4 manual transmission cars in my garage and all they have in common is that you slip the gear shifter to one side and towards the rear of the vehicle to engage reverse. Some go to one side, some to the other. However, some European cars, or cars with a "dogleg" pattern gearbox, you'd quickly come to remember that reverse was to the left and forwards!
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Re: Street Smart in San Diego

Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:15 pm

ttweed wrote:
evnow wrote: We have discussed this before - may be in April. Esp. the idea of pushing the shifter back to move forward ! They should change the paradigm in gen 2 ...
That doesn't bother me at all. The shifter is well-marked and it will become second nature in a short time to pull it back to go forward, IMHO. Driving this car will be so different than others that we will be learning a lot of new habits. Besides, it is not counter-intuitive to me to pull back to go forward, as this is how upshifts are accomplished in my sequential-shifting race car.

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I cannot figure why Nissan even put that bulky shifter in the console.
Just touch a switch on the dash somewhere and I would be good to go.
I guess it is expected but that space could be used for something else.
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