The End of Driving . . . By You, Anyhow
going to love or dread this.
Vehicle communication V2V, as its designers style it
is a system that will that already is automating
new cars. Rendering them driverless. Putting the car in charge.
Well, putting a wireless network in charge, that is. Of the cars
and the drivers. Who will shortly cease to exist becoming
curiosities of a bygone time, like railroad conductors.
has already been laid. Every recent-model car has a computer. Almost
all new cars have the ability to receive communication over a wireless
network. The next step will be to link these cars to a grid
and to control them remotely and automatically.
That next step
has been taken.
summer, Ford showed off a new Taurus equipped with an early prototype
of the V2V system. It talked over a wireless network
to another car, avoiding a possible collision by alerting the driver
to coalescing conditions (the unseen other car was about to run
a red light). In this case, the driver was prompted to react by
flashing lights on the windshield and a warning buzzer. V2V will
eliminate the flashing lights and the buzzer by eliminating
the driver. Instead, the cars will talk among themselves
as they hurtle down the road and coordinate their activities independently
of the now-deadwood human occupying the left seat. When the car
decides it is necessary to slow or stop. The car will slow
the ex-driver will have no say.
Might as well
take a nap.
already do. They have cars with adaptive cruise control
that automatically accelerates or decelerates the car to maintain
the pre-programmed following distance. Or Lane Departure Warning
technology that snaps addled drivers back from whatever oblivion
theyre in alerting them to the fact that their car
is about to run off the road or cross the double yellow. Lexus sells
cars that parallel park themselves.
some people are going to love cars that do everything
This is our
next evolutionary step . . . to make sure (a) crash never happens
in the first place which is frankly the best safety scenario
we can all hope for, says National Highway Traffic Safety
Administrator David Strickland.
hope this system never sees the light of day. But then, I am someone
who likes to drive. Someone who appreciates the art the expression
of skill that actually driving a car involves. Unfortunately,
most people do not appreciate art. Or skill. To them, driving is
a chore and a bore. They dont have much skill. After
all, its not expected. Most would rather be flapping gums
on dey sail fawns. And V2V will, of course, provide them
with more opportunity to do so.
They, I suppose,
are the we Strickland referred to. The people I refer to as Clovers.
for more about that and them.)
this is really the future of transportation safety (italics
mine, again) and its going to make a huge difference in the
way we live our lives, crooned Scott Belcher of the Intelligent
Transportation Society of America. The ITS has been tub-thumping
for intelligent read, controlled by someone other
than you cars and highways for decades.
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