April 14, 2016
I was just rewatching part of Mouretsu Pirates and saw a computer display that included the word "overdrive". It made me wonder how many young people today know where that term came from?
No, it doesn't refer to an electric guitar saturating its amplifier, or anything to do with electronics. That usage came later.
I remember it being used by James Blish a couple of times to refer to FTL travel, and that's how it was used in Mouretsu Pirates. But it had a real meaning in the 1940's and 1950's and it didn't have anything to do with space flight, or electric guitars.
And if you know what it was, I think that means you're old, like I am...
Posted by: Siergen at April 14, 2016 01:36 PM (De/yN)
Posted by: ubu at April 14, 2016 01:38 PM (SlLGE)
Posted by: ubu at April 14, 2016 01:39 PM (SlLGE)
It was thought up by a marketer, of course, and it was pushed because it seemed to imply "really fast". In a lot of cars with automatic transmissions, there was a special button on the console you had to push, or a special lever under the console you had to pull, to get into overdrive. I don't think there was any mechanical reason for that; it was just to make it seem special to the driver.
Like so many other "features" that didn't really make any difference except for advertising, the term eventually fell out of use.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 14, 2016 02:13 PM (+rSRq)
In an odd twist of fate, the latest ZF 9-speed transmission, found in FCA and Honda products, has a whole of 4 overdrive gears. It's divided into 2 halves, linked with a dog clutch. Anything above that clutch is an overdrive. It is a fairly controversial design, to say the least.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 14, 2016 09:41 PM (XOPVE)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 14, 2016 09:49 PM (+rSRq)
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