The Effects of Innovation on Inclination

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Posted on January 03, 2010 6:42 PM in Cars
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In discussing new innovations in automated automotive safety, including radar sensors built into cars, Robert Scoble writes:

[The driver in front of me] slammed on their brakes to avoid something. What does my car do? It slams on its brakes too. It is so reliable I no longer impulsively reach for my brakes.

While the subject matter of his post is fascinating and shows just how close we're getting to the kind of automated car safety that can save thousands of lives per year, it's still a little scary to think that someone could step out of one of these newer, tech-heavy cars and into an older, technically challenged car like my four-banger '05 Civic, and actually be more at risk because of a trained apathy toward manual braking.

Whenever I think about the cars of the future, I always try to remind myself that there will still be cars from the 80s, 90s and 2000s on the road, even when the cars from the 10s, 20s and 30s start to make up the majority. It will be very interesting to see how seemingly second nature muscle memory reactions change due to technology like that mentioned in Robert Scoble's post, and how it affects those who find themselves driving equipped and unequipped cars on a regular or even semi-regular basis.


Mike on January 04, 2010 at 8:47 AM:

Back in high school, I had a friend that would routinely jam on the brakes of a car while driving. He was so used to driving a manual transmission that he essentially trained himself to hit the pedal all the way to the left, even if the car was an automatic. A couple near accidents eventually re-trained him, but this same type of behavior could definitely cause some issues with switching between the old and new technology.


tawjhnbl on May 15, 2017 at 5:23 AM:

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