Many people do not want a self driving car. This is of course the human factor where the human wants to be in control of the machine.
The ironic part in this is that the humans want power steering, power windows and more power options to the car so they don’t have to expend their own power. Leave that to the car. The humans also wants GPS navigation so they don’t have to look at maps and use their own brain power. Leave that to the car. Humans love the automatic wind shield wipers so they don’t have to switch them on themselves. Same goes for automatic lights coming on. Leave all that to the car. Or how about the car that won’t start when it detects you’ve had a few too many? Not even mentioning the people who love their stick shift, where the car tells them when to use it to be as fuel efficient as possible. Why not leave that to the car?
The latest nice thing I heard of is Lane Assist, where the humans don’t have to watch where they’re going in their car. The car will warn them if they get out of their lane. Easy. Leave that to the car. Of course you may hear the argument that this is a useful feature to keep you on the right track when you’re tired. Well, if you’re tired you should not be driving a car in the first place!
And still the humans think they are in control of their car.
Just leave it to the car…
You are undoubtedly aware that your car is expensive. It’s expensive in ways you may not even have considered. First of course there is a lot of money involved in actually buying the thing, after deciding on the right colour.
Fun bits like insurance, taxes and inevitably fuel costs are something that you take into consideration as well.
But did you ever stop to think how much of the time you use that precious car? For most people it will stand around unused for at least 80% of the time. If not more. 80% of a day is 19 hours. Do you drive your car for 5 hours a day? If so, well, poor you (unless it’s your job to drive it). Do you drive it 3 hours a day? Then your car is standing around used for over 85% of the time!
It’s also a sad truth that many people who use their car for 3 hours a day even sit inside it while the car’s standing still.
Most drivers are familiar with the popular traffic jam that pops up more and more these days and weeks.
I am convinced that there are more efficient ways of transport and commute. Most people probably are aware of that. The problem is that so much has been invested in our addiction to the car that it’s hard to kick that habit. And “big oil” isn’t going to help us get rid of our car, their income, anytime soo.
Some people don’t have a clue what traffic is all about. They really don’t. Well, perhaps you do, or it’s different in your part of the world, but…
The problem splits up in several parts. One is speed. Many people don’t seem to understand that when they make their car move at 80mph/120kph, that they are moving fast. What? Oh, of course, everyone moves fast, so there’s no problem. Really? Speed kills. Accidents happen. People die.
Then there are the people who are not moving so fast. They putter on with 55mph/90kph, and decide they want to overtake the truck they’ve been behind for a while. Their problem? No idea of speed and traffic. They move forward, the people in the other lane move forward as well, so when there’s an opening on the next lane that will hold their car, they move their car into that opening. The speed difference between them and the other lane – neglect that. 25mph is just a number, let’s count on it that the other person’s car has great brakes, that the other person in the car reacts very fast, and then there’s no problem. The fact that there is probably a long string of cars behind that other person’s car? Ignore that. As long as they are in the other lane, puttering along at almost 60mph now.
I really can’t believe the idiocy that I see happening on the roads these days, and I spend a lot of time (far too much) on the roads. Not many people seem to think any more, seem to understand what this whole car game is about. It’s not a race track, people, even when it looks that way because of the speed freaks. It’s deadly out there.