Saturday, March 24, 2018
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man who has no knowledge on the topic opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, ok not welcome, but will be tolerated…maybe. As always, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head!
Never in my life would I have envisioned such a thing as a driver-less car. Personally, I think they are a very bad idea, but then I am old. I thought ATM’s were a bad idea. I hate self-checkouts, and downloading a book onto an electronic reading device still boggles my mind.
Very smart people are investing tons of money on driver-less cars, so even though I think they are a bad idea, I suspect they will someday be common.
Recently Uber has been testing driver-less cars. Last week one hit a lady who was walking her bike across the street, not in a crosswalk. There was a person behind the wheel of the Uber car, but a video shows he was dosing off, I assume from boredom.
The video also shows the accident. Sadly, the woman was killed. I have read that driver-less cars are possibly safer and more reliable than a manually operated car.
Perhaps, but there will be accidents and law suits might be the demise of the technology.
This recent accident has put the Uber test on hold at least temporarily. As much as I don’t like the idea of driver-less cars, from the video I saw, the accident was not the fault of the car.
This woman was casually walking her bike across a street at night. There was almost no traffic. The lady was looking straight ahead as it seems to me is common with pedestrians today. Had she looked both ways like they used to teach in first grade, she would have either safely jogged across the street or waited five seconds for the Uber to pass and then crossed.
Based on the video, if the man behind the wheel was alert he still probably would not have seen the pedestrian in time.
I thought the driver-less technology could detect a sudden obstacle in the dark, but it did not. Perhaps it was a malfunction or maybe the car was only programmed to detect crosswalk activity.
If the technology needs tweaking to improve, this accident is a sad way to find out, however I think perhaps we also need pedestrian technology.
If pedestrians no longer have the skill to cross a street, if the old-look-both-ways technology is no longer in use, perhaps we need a mindless-pedestrian app. Cell phones should scan the area when a pedestrian is walking and if the pedestrian is about to walk into a lamppost it would sound an alert, or if crossing a street, the app will give the walker a shock if it detects a car coming in the direction the pedestrian is going.
Technology is great, but with it we lose certain abilities. Calculators have made doing math in your head obsolete. Since using a keyboard almost exclusively, I can barely write my own name on a check.
Driver-less cars might be great, but if the GPS system is down, future riders will not have a clue how to operate a car.
I don’t know what technology has caused pedestrians to no longer know how to cross a street, maybe this skill should be taught again in the first grade.
This accident was sad, and I do feel for this lady and her loved ones, but Holy Hannah, how difficult is it to cross a street?
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.