Due to the weather conditions yesterday. I went full auto with the wipers and headlights. Here are my observations......
The auto wipers are probably the most annoying thing ever fitted to the Jag. When I first bought it. The wipers were on auto. It was also a fine sunny day (Pretty strange for Feb). It had been raining though. As I drove home. I passed through some country roads with over hanging trees (There's a lot of these in Devon). The wipers would randomly wipe away the odd spot of water that fell from the trees. Although this wasn't annoying. I did find it distracting, so I switched them off.
We had light rain yesterday. Under these circumstances, I'd switch the wipers to intermittent (The frequency is selectable on the Jag). I switched to auto to see what would happen. The experiment didn't last long. Not only did the wipers go off at random. The speed of the wipe was random as well. I'd get: Slow, slow, fast, slow, fast, fast, slow, fast, etc, etc. Damm annoying! So what about the auto lights.
The auto lights are an interesting idea. Considering the number of buffoons on the road, that can't decide when to switch the lights on. Having auto lights would be a good idea.
There's a sensor in the rear view mirror that detects the level of light (This mirror also has sensors that detect liquid on the windscreen and operate the wipers. A rear view sensor operates the auto dimming mirror as well). Once the light falls below a certain level. The lights come on. Simple! Another bonus is that the lights will switch themselves off when the key is removed from the ignition. Another bonus! No more leaving the lights on (Good if you're hard of hearing and can't hear the alarm). There's one small thing that I'm not keen on though. If it's dark. As soon as you turn the key in the ignition, the lights come on. I'm not happy with the idea with the lights coming on before the engine starts. Still a good feature though.