Why do cars "bong!" when you crash?

If you've watched a lot of youtube videos of accidents, you'll have noticed some cars tend to make a noise (ping, bong, something like that) as they crash. What is the point of this? To wake you up? Bit late isn't it?
Reply to
Steven Watkins
Not sure what you mean, so I'll speculate.
A bong from the dashboard? I imagine any information display is accomponied by a bong. "Airbag deployed"?
Reply to
Graham.
This:
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And why do you need to be told something way more obvious than a bong that you've crashed/there's no fuel/there's an air bag in your face? That would be like me beating you to death then telling you I just did so. Pointless information!
Reply to
Steven Watkins
Its to let you know that the recorder has registered it so the little black box can be removed by your insurance company and see what happened, Some air bag actuators do this, though to be honest if one goes off you bloody well know about it!
I guess they are not allowed to go Bing, as that would upset Microsoft.. grin. Luckily I no longer need to try to watch such clips. Also how many are still filmed by bystanders in portrait mode not landscape? Brian
Reply to
Brian Gaff
One or other of:- a) chronically bad design of the device that makes handling difficult in landscape; b) users are stupid.
Reply to
TMS320
I fail to see how it can be difficult to hold a phone sideways. In fact most are intended to do that as a webpage etc will turn round as you tilt the phone.
Reply to
Steven Watkins
I had a ford Cmax that would bong if you went over a harsh bump or a pothole. Never quite saw the benefit and never saw reference to it as a feature.
Reply to
Bob Minchin
99% of my photos and videos are portrait. The hold to support the device for looking at webpages in landscape isn't the same as needed to use the camera in landscape.
Reply to
TMS320
What on earth are you talking about? Why do you have difficulty holding a rectangular object sideways?
And why don't you think of the result? Why would you want a stupidly shaped video that doesn't fit on a TV or computer monitor properly, and isn't the shape of your field of vision?
Reply to
Steven Watkins
Maybe it has something to do with altitude. If they're really high, maybe they're not "going" bong!, they're asking for one. In which case it would be bong? HTH []'s
Reply to
Shadow
I didn't say I have.
Have you actually read what I have written?
Reply to
TMS320
I replied to your claim that taking a picture in landscape is the same as reading the screen in landscape. As though the fact that the picture being the same way round is the only thing of importance.
It remains that it is difficult to take a picture in landscape compared to portrait.
Reply to
TMS320
Like hell it is. The problem is that with the phone in portrait mode, the back of your hand is between the phone and what you are videoing, below the camera.
In landscape mode, the back of your hand is between the screen and you, so you can't see the screen properly.
Reply to
Aaron
Hah! I just realised I should have said "99% of my photos and videos are **landscape**" No wonder the misunderstanding! (Talk about reading a post.)
It doesn't change my opinion that most (other) people don't take landscape because it is a poor design.
Reply to
TMS320
You must hold the phone in a very strange way if the back of your hand is between the screen and you. In landscape I hold the phone in the tips of my fingers (both hands), steadied by the palms, so my hands are left and right of the screen. This makes it easier to move the camera left/right and up/down to compose the shot.
It's still not half as easy as holding a proper compact, SLR or camcorder - but then I wouldn't regard a phone as a "proper" camera for more than taking record shots where exposure and composition and holding straight/steady are important. The biggest problem is trying to hold a phone steady while then being able to reach the button to take a photo; I rely on voice-activated most of the time, since the button is not designed to be in a place where it is naturally close to your finger when you are holding a compact/SLR in the conventional manner.
Reply to
NY
I agree. For taking photos, the button to take a photo or starting/stopping video needs to be on the edge of the camera, not on the screen where you have take one hand off the camera to stab at the button.
Reply to
NY

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