Friday, January 6, 2017
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little knowledge on the topic opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but they are wrong. As always, please, no name calling…and that means you, you big stupid-head.
What are your feelings about automated cars? They scare the crap out of me. Of course I’m an old fart and just about anything new or different scares me. At least new things just scare me, they don’t piss me off yet. I’m pretty sure when I get even older, new stuff will actually make me angry.
Come to think of it, more than once I know I have blurted out that age defining question, “What do I need that for?”
Still, automatic cars scare me. Smart people claim they will save money, reduce emissions, cut down on traffic and save lives by reducing accidents. They are probably right, but these things still scare me.
I have had GPS send me on the wrong routes. GPS often tells me to take an off-ramps from the Turnpike only to get back almost immediately on the same road. GPS is great, but I don’t want to trust my life to it.
Cars that warn you when you are out of your lane, or a car is approaching are great, but I don’t want the car to make evasive maneuvers on its own. Will my automated car run over someone because it was avoiding a squirrel? Will the car decide if I hit a deer or another car when I there is no other choice?
I could perhaps give in to letting the car take over on a major highway, maybe in a lane just for automated cars. That might be safe and economical, but beyond that I wouldn’t trust them. As a matter of fact, I’m generally not comfortable as a passenger regardless of who is driving. At least I used to be that way, now Mrs. C does most of the driving and I am OK with that, but only because I am getting older.
Interesting enough, in doing some minor research on this topic I found one expert with this automated car concern:
Driverless cars will reduce accidents, and it will be very hard to find organ donors as most donors come from automobile accidents.
Is there anything positive that an expert cannot turn into a negative? Still as I get older and I did have a drinking problem, I may be in need of an organ sometime. That makes it final, I am definitely against automated cars.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.