And, oh my Lord, you quoted the IEEE. That explains it. The IEEE idea of good is to pack as many electronics into anything it can catch. You can always tell where the IEEE has been because you'll see circuit boards sticking out of the orifices of whatever has had the back luck to have crossed its path. Their opinion is driven strictly by the promotion of their own industry (not the promotion of their engineers, but the promotion of the companies that make up their industry). That's it. Period.
A result is we have cars that accelerate wildly because the mechanical linkage between accelerator pedal and the fuel throttle on the engine has been replaced by a problem-plagued electronic sensor that occasionally tells the throttle to "let 'er rip!" while you are backing up into the church driveway.
Electronics in cars is not always a good idea, or a safe idea.
Plus, I'll tell you a story about safety technology. When I bought a new vehicle once, the sales person (after the sale) warned me to keep the seat as far back as possible, because if the air bag deployed, it could kill my wife, who didn't have enough mass to withstand getting kicked in the chest by a powerful air bag. That's right, you could have a mild accident, which otherwise would be not even cause a scratch, suddenly become a fatality because the stupid air bag deploys, smacks a lightweight person in the chest, and kills 'em. Not so good.
Smarter by half. It's hard to find a modern car with the same gas efficiency of a 1989 Ford Festiva (50 mpg, forget the official figures, because they're wrong). All the other bells and whistles on a modern car, or "car of the future" (it calls your mother for you when you want a bedtime story) are beside the real point of having a car, which is to get from point a to point b with relative comfort, safety, and economy.
That's a key aspect (the feel of the car) that has contributed to a higher percentage of vehicular accidents. When I was a college student, the '74 Pinto shook and vibrated at speeds over 60 mph which made me more conscious of the velocity of I was driving at on the open road. Today's car doesn't "feel" that effect which has allowed most drivers to be oblivious to the speed they may be driving at. And as far as I know nothing electronic has been released to market that reads speed limits based on geo-location or road sign scans. Now there's an idea!
@ prabnakar. That was a brilliant comment you made. so much blame are going to be on the technology and which technology company will always be ready to answer to the consequences of having their devices failing or said to fail.
If this is not handled well, we will be looking in to so much reckless drivers and increase in road accident all in the name of failed technology that is suppose to asist the drivers
You are alright, I,m thinking if we have to have all these conviences in our cars as a result of technology, the question is- would there not be another gadget that allow the driver to do a self -test on all these technology before hitting the road because the best of machine is still machine and the efficiency of every machine is always less than 100%
This is a good article and its really interesting. I am thinking that giving so much comfort to drivers wolud definately have somw adverse effort and what about the effects of this technology on the driver,s health.
@prabhakar Good point. Some other realated thingd to consider as well....what happens if the driver's instinct differs from the technology when reacting to an incident - which one takes control? What if the overall system fails on a massive scale - will traffic come to a standstill ?
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