It is an interesting point of view Dave, I could agree with steps forward by adoption of electronics, but I believe major issue on cars is still fuel problem and how to solve the possibility alternative energies could reduce emissions and allow engines run in the right way. If we only think about GPL, big problems for bi-fuel engines are still not resolved by electronics.
I remember an article a while back citing a driver of a massive RV who engaged cruise control and then went into the back of the RV to do something else. What could electronics do to prevent that disaster?
I think in concept, these are great ideas. The thought that eventually you will be able to get into a car and have little worries. I do feel that we are many years and billions of dollars away from seamless driving by the cars themselves.
As much as I am for this technology, I think it is going to make bad drivers worse and moderate drivers lazy. The only positive side right now is that these cars are limited.
I also have concerns about how all of this technology will make it to the road. Look at how many "Junkers" are on the road right now. Or how many people are driving their 20 year old car they bought new and won't replace. In my mind those are just as much a concern as careless drivers.
One of the dangers in relying on the modern technology is that older vehicles will lack the equivalent technology - therefore drivers could become dangerously complacent relying on the other drivers non-existant safety equipment.
This is very interesting and innovative development. I wonder how it will effect new driver training and licensing requirements. I wish they develope new standards alongwith developments and help lower the ownership of cars.
I am technology evangelist and I also am involved in developing, integrating, and deploying advanced M2M (machine-to-machine) technologies, so I am probably a little biased in my post.We still have some time before our vehicles are driving around on auto-pilot, but including sensors, vision systems and intelligent devices in vehicles can and will become a reality much sooner.These are not auto-pilot features, but should be very helpful in providing additional safety benefits to drivers and passengers.
As for true auto-pilot, I don’t think that it would make me a lazier driver, but a more alert one.I live in the NYC metro area and I would be wide awake and fully alert, just to make sure the vehicle is doing what it is supposed to be doing.But like I said, we won’t have to worry about that for a while. I’m still waiting for my flying vehicle like in the Jetsons cartoon.
I liked very much the title of the blog. I am dreaming the day that I don't have to drive my car because it will have an auto - pilot equipment. Since I was a little child I was thinking how it will be if the car is like the KIT's car.
Always, a good driver makes the different. The interaction between the human brain and the machine( it doesn't matter how cleaver is) is unique and will be that way for long years more.
@Barbara, I agree with your observation. I think relying more and more on technology will make people lazy and less serious about driving safety. They will take driving rules taken for granted because they feel technology is their to protect them. I hope people start taking technology more seriously.
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