Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Useless Japanese car innovations: spoken reverse warning signal

I managed to find another useless innovation: we all know the reverse warning signal, short beeps indicating a big truck is reversing (with no rear vision at all). That’s very useful and people are used to it and act upon it.

In the early 80s Toyota innovated the reverse warning signal and equipped their MarkII with a spoken reverse warning signal:

Of course this innovation is only useful for people understanding Japanese, if they are used to it at all… If someone would reverse with their Jaguar and that car would tell me in English “Watch out, big lump of iron is reversing! Keep away! Do not stand in the turning circle! Etc. etc.” I would not really act upon that: I’d probably first start laughing my ass off and then probably congratulate the driver with such cynical car!

You see, that’s why this can only fall into the category of useless Japanese car innovations!


  1. banpei

    I think everyone could understand beeping reverse signals, but spoken are a bit hard for people not speaking Japanese. ;)
    But reverse signal on the Supra? Is the rear view of the Supra that bad, or is it there to warn people a powerful car is doing a high speed reverse?

  2. David Smith

    But Japanese cars are exported all over the world due to its varieties and affordable price. So I want to know Japanese Used Car Exporter.can anyone help me.

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