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In Response to RE: "Talking" Cars Could Save Your Life by lscanlan Hi Leah - -
Your Honda is a very well engineered vehicle. While not possessing the latest gizmos, it will serve you well for many years to come with some regular preventive maintenance. My two cars are a '94 and '97 BMW 5 series. I like a heavier vehicle for crash protection and these do live up to their reputation as "ultimate driving machines." Both were purchased used as I only bought them within the last 8 years. I don't drive them fast nor hard. I also have two 1960's cars which aren't used much now, but I can work on them and like them for their simplicity of service.
As for the newer technologies making their conceptual appearance, I think it's great. I remember speaking with a Ford recruiter who came to my school (GWU) in the late 1960's. When I proposed working on similar technologies then, he just looked at me quizzically and replied that they weren't looking for anyone in that line of specialty. Oh well.
I am in total favor of taking the guesswork out of driving and having a predictable and known source regulate the decisions that, when left to individuals, often results in crashes. Further, I would favor having the technology control the car's movements rather than just alerting the driver. We don't know how all drivers will react, and just alerting them of a hazard, does not guaranty that they will make the correct response for the condition.
Also, be aware that the technology will have to be applied/retrofitted to trucks, buses, rv's, etc. This is why I am more in favor of a master control and the "platooning" concept for freeways and major roads. If the power and informational information is provided through the master contact, then all vehicles will respond similarly to the changing driving environment.
In the mean time, hopefully, our DSP classes will try to get a segment of the driving population to re-learn proper driving techniques and get them "on the same page." I try to instill patience and yielding to the more aggressive drivers out there. Most of our folks are retired and are not "on the clock." They can take the extra time to drive safely and get through the experience unscathed.
Fortunately, I left "the big city" 10 years ago. It was just too congested and did not contribute to having a decent quality of life. I found I could get into town during the day by bicycle faster than by Metro or driving. Once there, I had wheels to transport me wherever I needed to be. My only concern was getting whacked by some driver who wanted to squeeze me out or run a red light.
Out here, rush hour as you know it does not exist. Hope you get through this latest snow event with a minimum of difficulty. Again, out here, that doesn't exist either.