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Old 1st December 2020, 13:10   #1
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Ever used your car as an office? Well, that's exactly what I am doing right now.

I am on a workation in a small town and there was a power cut. Moved to my car and am 100% productive. Just realised that cars make for excellent offices too

- An extremely ergonomic seat. Most cars have good front seats.

- Air-conditioning keeps me cool

- Can do calls via the car's bluetooth system. No headset needed

- Fast 4G internet is excellent for work. Got to love the connectivity even in a small town

- Music playing in the background from the ICE

- Belkin gives me AC power for my laptop & phone

- Perfect center armrest can be used to relax the right hand while typing

- My Cooler Master (laptop pad) ensures the laptop's heat doesn't bother me

- Cupholder for my hot coffee or green tea

- Being alone in the car means no disturbances. That's not the case when you're with people inside a holiday home

Got to love cars. Make money from them. Spend money on them

Have to sit in the front passenger's seat (steering on the driver's side leaves no room to work):
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Juice for laptop + gadgets.
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3rd row of BR-V is my office during dull family functions. Productivity is not so great though - I don't like using the laptop's touchpad (I prefer an external mouse).

The 3rd row is fully reclined:

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And both split seats in 2nd row are tumbled forwards, so I can stretch my legs:

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Toyota Innova Crysta or Maruti Ertiga will make for great 'car-offices' I feel. Thanks to the larger glass area, fatigue will be lesser and also space around will not make one feel 'congested'.

Sitting in the second row with the front passenger seat pushed all the way ahead will liberate space for stretching out.

As SmartCat pointed out, people habituated to using mouse rather than the trackpad can keep their mouse + mouse pad on the second row armrest which will be a comfortable position when seated also recline of the seats can help in overall comfort.
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I was in a travelling job where I used to have a company car with driver all the time.

I used to spend 15-16 hrs in a car every week during work hours.

I used to get a lot of work done in my car, even in a moving car.

This was the only way to meet deliverables while doing justice to the "Field" part of my job.
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Idling the car has always been a mental block with me personally - too much fuel wasted. Hence, apart from an odd emergency when I had to open the laptop while commuting - I've never really worked from inside the car.

Don't see this changing in the near future, God willing.
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Ever used your car as an office?
Oh yes! Due to Corona, I always drop and pick up my kids from hobby classes. Sometimes these are during office hours, so I work from the car while waiting for them. Waiting time is about 90mins max and I start with full battery in laptop and mobile, so there's no need to carry charging cables. The weather used to be good enough to be comfortable in the car without leaving it idling to use the AC. That's not going to be so easy now in the winter.
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Idling the car has always been a mental block with me personally
That thought did cross my mind, but it was basically this vs not working at all. Hence, the choice was easy.

On a weekday, I cannot be away from my computer.
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Been there, done that on my WagonR. During my interstate drives, there are instances when I have a scheduled office call to attend or some work to complete.

15 mins before the call time, I look for nice spot by the highway and park the car. Grab some food, have some coffee, stretch and settle on the passenger or rear seat with the laptop and the work continues for a couple of hours before resuming the trip.

Good part is the office call is a good break from a long drive. And the drive after is a refreshing break from the office work.

However, this thread comes at a good time. Just yesterday, I was wondering how long can I idle my BS6 diesel without the DPF light blinking like a star on the MID?
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That thought did cross my mind, but it was basically this vs not working at all. Hence, the choice was easy.

On a weekday, I cannot be away from my computer.
Oh yes, I'd do the same in an emergency. But not for convenience.
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Isnt it bad enough that the pandemic has made WFH a necessary evil? WFC truly is the last bastion...and Im hoping it never crumbles for me
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I have been using iPad with Cellular, much more convenient, much more easier. With the beautiful battery life, never bothered with chargers as well. Just find a nice quite place, connect the bluetooth headset, and get disconnected from world.

Planning to get the smart keyboard soon, and I don't think I will ever need a laptop after that.
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I have often done this in the third row of my Hexa. I usually tumble forward only the backrest of the second row. It gives me a good low table like space where I can stretch my legs or keep my laptop based on the mood. There is a power socket in the second row where I take power using the Belkin inverter. I have an android based mirror dashcam which also has a 4G slim slot and can create a wifi hotspot. I keep a Vodafone sim in it recharged for a year.
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During my days in field sales, working from car was a way of life.

Concalls & reviews used to happen from the car. Usually, i would find a comfortable place in a parking lot, have a bottle of cold water some snacks etc. as most often when working in the field you tend to skip lunches & are on a strong diet of tea/coffee offered by customers/distributors which you cannot say no to.
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I have often done this in the third row of my Hexa. I usually tumble forward only the backrest of the second row. It gives me a good low table like space where I can stretch my legs or keep my laptop based on the mood. There is a power socket in the second row where I take power using the Belkin inverter. I have an android based mirror dashcam which also has a 4G slim slot and can create a wifi hotspot. I keep a Vodafone sim in it recharged for a year.
Using Hexa as an office seems pretty cool to imagine! Could you share links for the dashcam and the inverter model that you are using?
I presume you have to keep the engine running while using it?
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A few months ago, when the lockdown was getting eased, the management committee at office where I am a member was asked for suggestions to enable emploeeys to work safely from office. I proposed extending wifi to the office parking lot so that employees can drive down, park, connect to wifi and work.

The proposal was turned down as it had some regulatory or legal issue.
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