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Old 13th September 2004, 00:45   #1
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"Drive by wire" is a hot tech buzzphrase in the auto industry these days, as sophisticated electronics replace conventional but clunky throttle-control systems. Translation: When you put the pedal to the metal, your need for speed is conveyed to the engine via a digital signal that's routed through the car's computer as opposed to an analog cable attached to the accelerator. Legendary installer David "Fishman" Rivera and his henchmen at Metra Electronics took this concept one step further when they created the company's latest demo vehicle in a 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle. In short, the car has no steering wheel. Instead, a switch on the driver's and passenger's doors control the front wheels. Of course, the car also contains a wild-### stereo system that includes a 10-inch touchscreen controller in the smack-dab middle of the dash flanked by a pair of 15-inch monitors.

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