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Old September 10 2013, 10:01 PM   #80
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Re: Technological Stagnation

Robert Maxwell wrote: View Post
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One negative side effect of driver assistance systems is that people unlearn how to drive, basically. Rely on your parking assistance way too often and you stop being able to park your car properly in case the system fails, for example.

Also the reliance on your assistance systems makes you pay less attention, and increases your reaction times in case something goes wrong, that's been shown as well.
That ship sailed a long time ago: automatic transmissions, power steering, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, traction/stability control, etc. There's so much that separates the driver from the actual mechanical behavior of the car at this point that it's almost a joke to still call it "driving." The more automated cars get, the more absurd the idea of "driving" yourself becomes.
Modern power steering and power brakes give the driver plenty of feedback as to what the car is doing. The power assist just takes some of the physical work out of driving.

I've never owned a car with cruise control, and never will. And I drive a stick shift.
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