Lets face it, some people just shouldn’t be driving. We’ve seen them. Cell phone jockeys in the left lane going 10 under the speed limit, another driver too busy spilling sauce from their chalupa del taco grande on their shirt to pay attention to lane markers… and another forgetting to check their blind spot as they suddenly merge into your lane. You hit the brakes, but the person texting while driving behind you isn’t paying attention. The next thing you know, an airbag is in your face, and your nose is bleeding.
We know those people. We can all agree that they shouldn’t be driving, yet they have to. And because they don’t want to concentrate on the road, automakers have introduced more and more safety and technology features to make the distracted driver less of a hazard for everyone else. One day, we may not have to worry about them driving altogether.
Rearview cameras, GPS units, voice recognition, electronic blind-spot sensors, radars… these intuitive safety features are all paving the road to a future where cars drive themselves. To point, GM Vice President of R&D Alan Taub believes that there will be enough breakthroughs in active safety features that the human element will be taken out of driving completely. For safety.
Some of us are skeptical, even fearful that such a future may one day come to fruition. What will happen to weekend track days? Will sports cars become extinct? Frankly, it’s hard to tell at this point, though we certainly hope that to not be the case. However, wouldn’t it be nice to know you always have a ride home from the bar?