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#1 10-09-07 17:53:50

rabout
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Is technology helping to make us better drivers, or not?

Are the gadgets in modern cars which are there to help the driver, actually making the roads more dangerous by taking too much responsibility away from us so we will gradually become unable to think for ourselves?

e.g. Sat’ Nav’  -  stops people thinking for themselves about where they are actually going.
Parking Sensors  -  the driver doesn't need to be able to judge the length of the vehicle.
Various things which can be set to be AUTO such as rain sensitive wipers, lights which turn themselves on when the light fades.
Various warning sounds and lights to let you know the lights are still on after you have turned off the ignition, the parking brake has not been fully released, or a door is not properly closed.

Or are these things, and others not mentioned, making us better drivers by taking some of the responsibility away from us, so we can concentrate on controlling the car etc?

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#2 10-09-07 18:43:37

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Re: Is technology helping to make us better drivers, or not?

All these extras do is give people more time to use their mobiles and put on their makeup  big_smile

But seriously I think things like auto lights are a plus, rain sensing wipers I find very helpful especially when passing lorries on motorway, they speed up when the spray hits.  Most drivers I see struggle with the normal setting rather than switch on to faster.

Sat Nav I have been using regularly now for a year while doing deliveries in my job and I beleive it to be a plus because I don`t have to do so many U turns, left reverses, struggle to see ridiculously placed road names etc.

But things like ABS and Airbags I think make people FEEL safer and maybe relax more when they should not.  Like driving so close thinking wrongly that the ABS will stop them quickly if something happens in front

#3 10-09-07 19:53:08

dog
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Re: Is technology helping to make us better drivers, or not?

You only mention the technology which is likely to distract drivers, not that which is there to aid drivers. Cars have come an incredibly long way in the last 15 years. You were lucky to own a car with power steering that long ago.

Nowadays we have, and this list is just off the top of my head:-

ABS - allows you to steer whilst under maximum braking
EBD - works with ABS to distribute braking power in order to maximise steering control whilst under maximum braking
EBA - ensures maximum braking power is applied during an emergency stop, if the braking force applied by the driver is inadequate to avoid a collision with the vehicle in front
LDWS - prevents the vehicle leaving the lane it is travelling in a situation where a driver becomes unconscious or similar
TCS - counteracts wheelspin
ESP - counteracts oversteer and understeer to maximise control even on surfaces with the least traction
IPS - Ford's system which tightens seatbelts, adjusts seat positions for optimal impact absorption, and prepares airbags for deployment when a crash is imminent

And those are just the ones with anagrams.

Airbags - to cushion the body during an impact, in the old days you were lucky to get a single airbag in a car, nowadays you can get up to 9
Crumple zones - which absorb the majority of the energy in a crash so that it is not transferred to occupants
Variable power steering - lightens the steering depending on the speed the vehicle is travelling at

Plus many more. And remember, every single one of the technologies listed above is passive - meaning the driver does not have to do anything to make them work, they will activate when needed.

General Motors (the company who owns Vauxhall and a lot of other car manufacturers) is now developing a system called V2V which is personally the most amazing development I've ever seen in the history of automobiles. Their test cars are all fitted with satellite tracking systems and they all relay data back to a central computer. They demonstrated how useful this can be by driving 2 cars towards a junction on a collision course. The computers in both cars calculated that the speed and direction of both cars meant they were going to collide and applied the brakes on the car which was approaching the junction. The cars can also detect fog and warn other drivers in the area that they may need to switch their fog lights on. Of course, it is capable of a lot more.

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#4 11-09-07 00:02:27

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Re: Is technology helping to make us better drivers, or not?

phew. interesting stuff. i wonder how long before we just sit in the back?  . . . . . . . wait for the  ... ...... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .... ... ... ... (sorry got booted there) what was i saying? oh yes for the computer to fall over   :evil:


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#5 11-09-07 06:43:54

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Re: Is technology helping to make us better drivers, or not?

It may not be that far away yikes

Volkswagen have already made a car which can drive itself, which they demonstrated on a test track on which the car itself set a time better than most professional racing drivers. What's better than a car driving itself, since it knows its own limits? This isn't in mainstream production yet, for obvious reasons.

But a few of the new Lexus models can park themselves. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-qlHOJ6JSoE

And yes that is real.

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#6 11-09-07 08:00:03

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Re: Is technology helping to make us better drivers, or not?

Hi All

Zaffy has all th technology I need  big_smile

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#7 11-09-07 08:49:15

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Re: Is technology helping to make us better drivers, or not?

All the technology in cars may help the driver and safety features protect them in the event of an accident but pedestrians, cyclists etc still get hurt when hit by one.


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