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We've always been of the opinion that if it doesn't make you go faster, stick better or be safer, it's generally a waste of money. There have been exceptions, but this has to be one of the coolest.

The idea is pretty self-explanatory: on top of the shift knob is an LCD that after telling it the number of gears and, we're assuming, the movement of the stalk, displays what cog your transmission is residing.

Unfortunately, our German is a bit rusty, so when we downloaded the Indy-Cator's directions, we weren't able to decipher how it's programmed. If you've got the means, we'd ask you to check out the company's website and let us know exactly how this little piece of automotive geeketry works.

According to TMTuning, installation is straightforward, the LCD has an auto-dimming feature and it can be yours in blue or red for $169.00. Worthwhile? That's in the hand of the beholder.

[Source: Gaslock.de via TMTuning]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      #7: Why would your hand be blocking the knob display? It's not like you would rest your hand on the shifter... or do you actually do that?!
      • 8 Years Ago
      English version of the instructions - http://www.gaslock.de/download/anleitung.en.pdf
      • 8 Years Ago
      My german is a bit rusty, but here is a rough translation of the page:

      " - Your RPM has a powerful influence on your fuel efficiency. The INDY-CATOR Helps drivers through corresponding methods to reduce the waste of fuel by 15%.

      - The Indy Cator fits, regardless of make or model, up to 6 gears, (except with gear shift levers with reverse gear-orientation) and can be setup for all imaginable gear setups

      - With an automatic light sensor, The Indy Cator automatically adjusts the digital display to optimal brightness and readabliity

      The Indy Cator can be delivered in several variants and therefore fits any car's interior. The installation onto the vehicle's network board is "Child easy" just like the programming of the INDY Cator. Once you've driven with the indy cator, you will never want to drive with out one. Experience it for your self."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Um, yeah. Hopefully if you're familiar with driving a manual transmission you can tell what gear you're in without having to look down at the shifter???
      • 8 Years Ago
      *sigh* I have to say it. Of course, the first comment is a civic-boy pitching tent over it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if you have to look at your gearshift to know what gear you're in, you need to spend more time learning your car's sounds & feel. not to mention, having to take your eyes off the road...

      then again, there's lots of money to be made out there selling to wannabe racers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      According to Sci-Fi Tech Blog, the shifter also adds fuel efficiency to your car by indicating the correct time to shift-up and down-shift. Reminds me of the old Saab 900's who's dash indicated that.

      • 8 Years Ago
      im a bit of a tech person, so i think its kinda cool =)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like there is a learning sequence (Anlern-
      Prozedur = learning procedure).

      I am guessing it has an accelerometer and that you have to shift a few times before it learns what gear is is where, mostly by reading the motion it takes to go into that gear
      • 8 Years Ago
      The following was posted in SciFi TECH which, apparently, did a little more research than the rest of you (it's the gas savings that are the raison d'etre and make the price realistic). It isn't that hard to find someone who speaks German or to use a translation program on your computer:

      Besides being the most radical-looking gearshift knob on the planet, the Gaslock Indy Cater will save you energy. It tells you the exact moment to shift to save gas, and if you follow its timely shifting tips, you can end up spending 15 percent less on fuel. It's not going to give you astonishing mileage like the Velozzi hybrid, but still — a 15-percent savings might come in handy.

      The knob's auto-dimming LEDs adjust to ambient light so they won't be too distracting, and the shifter also has a helpful numerical indicator that reminds you what gear you're currently using. It's not only a supercool addition to your car's interior, but the company says it's easy to install.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know about you, but I seldom look at my gear shift knob to shift... Might run into something. Otoh, if it beeped at you when it was the optimal time to shift, it might be worth something...

      This is just another piece of trendy fluff for the teeny boppers and 20-somethings that don't know the value of the dollar.
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