Opinion: People Are Becoming Too Dependent on Vehicle Technology.
Explaining the issues associated with society's dependency on technological assistance in automobiles.
There was a time in our society where technology advancements in automobiles meant power-steering, anti-locking brakes, and even airbags. However, today, technological advancements in automobiles mean self-driving capabilities, blindspot cameras in your mirrors, parking assist, and many more features. The world of car culture has evolved immensely since the turn of the century 21 years ago. Now the issue resides in the fact, are people becoming too dependent on automotive technology?
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Personally, I am not one to consider myself old-fashioned but there was a time when I started driving that cassette players were still optioned on vehicles and DVD programmed navigation systems were far too expensive for the average car buyer. Pocket maps were the way to navigate if you were travelling somewhere new. People did not require a backup camera and blindspot monitoring systems because it was all general logic to assess your surroundings when operating your vehicle.
Although, now, if someone is to be involved in a motor vehicle collision the first assumption is to blame the technology that is designed to aid the driver in the function of their vehicle operation. It almost comes off as an easy excuse for reckless behaviour behind the wheel.
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Vehicle technology such as this was never designed to take the sole role of the driver, which includes self-driving technology. Rather, it is designed to impose a method of support to the operator of the vehicle. Take the cruise control feature for example. It intends to assist the driver by automatically regulating the throttle control at a specific rate of speed. In no means is it the responsibility of that computer function to ensure that it regulates the speed in response to the posted speed limits on the road. It is merely an assistive feature.
As we progress further into this century, the emergence of tech-savvy electric vehicles seems to be taking the market in full effect. The dependency on technology in our vehicles is at the very least a way to make our lives easier. We appreciate things that make our complicated daily lives easier. Some adore it more than others. However, regardless of how advanced our vehicles become it should be made clear that technology, while it may act as a personal assistant, should not exclude one's capabilities of safely operating the vehicle to the fullest extent. However, based on current trends it is unlikely this premise will be adhered to by the majority of current-day and future drivers.