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I've been thinking...

22 March 2018 - 06:23 AM

So I just recently thought of something. As we all know vehicles nowadays come with lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and other technologies...even run of the mill Chevy's and Ford's have them. However, I've seen (and have been in the car with) people who seem to lean on this new technology too much. I saw a report of Tesla's Autopilot basically making a man rear-end a fire truck at speed. Thankfully he walked away with minor injuries. I'm not trying to bash Tesla. I think their Autopilot feature is very good, but it's still up to the driver to pay attention to the road. Some people on Discord know that I recently purchased a vehicle. It doesn't have all this monitoring and automated technology, it doesn't even have the basics like traction control or anti-lock brakes, but I love it. Like the Tesla who hit that fire truck, the Autopilot wasn't at fault, the driver was. Autopilot is a great feature that I wish to see further development on. However, it still has it's limitations and if the driver had been paying attention, the accident would've been avoided. But I didn't make this article to ramble on about one incident with one technology (okay, maybe I have). When I'm out driving, even around town or when someone else is taking me, I've seen countless people texting and driving. I'm pretty sure I don't need to go into elaborate detail as why that's a bad idea. I've seen countless people and families getting injured or killed because someone cannot wait to text someone back and this infuriates me. As someone who hasn't ever owned a cellular device, I can't see the point why someone would risk their lives and others to text someone back when all they have to do is pull over to a safe location and then text.


I know this has probably been more of a rant than anything, but I still think you guys get my point.


I encourage people to elaborate on this subject, but I don't want to see people getting into arguments. This is just people putting their two-sense in.


Personally, I think (most of) this new technology is great, but it still has it's drawbacks and ultimately up to the driver to asses the situation and take action.


What do you guys and gals think?