Buick released the futuristic Questor concept vehicle in 1983 that showcased the latest in emerging electronic technology. Features included a special programmed laser key that unlocked the doors, an automatic adjusting light-sensitive windshield, navigation center for monitoring maps, self-adjusting rear spoiler, and rear view miniature solid state TV camera.
The laser key opened the door and turned on all on-board systems - including the pop-up systems sentinel and automatically adjusted the seat, pedals, steering column, and entertainment and interior systems to the personal settings of the driver.
Variable car positions enabled the Questor to be adjusted robotically from a lowered, theft-deterrent park setting to a personalized driving position.
GM had taken over 5 months alone to complete the plans for the Questor’s computer systems. Though the instrument panel had no instruments, the monitor near the steering wheel provided a clear wide-angle view of the rear. There were no exterior door handles or side minors. Most of the gauges and controls were placed on either the steering wheel or the central transmission tunnel dividing the two front seats.
When the doors were closed, the car automatically lowered into driving position.
When the Questor reached 25 mph, the front end nosed down for better fuel economy and aerodynamics. The rear end rose up three inched when cruising at highway speeds. In total, there were more than fourteen computers that the Questor ran on; all of which are fully-functional.