Some thoughts for car makers

I hate driving.

Well, no that's not true.

I love driving.  It's one of my favorite things to do.  I find excuses to drive.  In fact, I've found that anyone who loves to drive will not get annoyed at the 800 errands their spouse may ask them to run...  My wife absolutely loves it. 

When we drove down to New Orleans from Virginia for our honeymoon I had a blast.  Two 9 hour days of driving behind the wheel of my new BMW.  Granted, I use the term new loosely.  We bought an '04 back in 2009. 

It was new to me dammit! 

Brittany asked me 100 times if I needed a break.  Do I need a rest?  Want me to drive?  Much to her joy I refused every time.  I had miles of road ahead of me with little to no traffic and I was going to take that opportunity to relax.  It brings me peace to be behind the wheel, enjoying the weather, some good music, and the company of my wonderful wife.  While I enjoy seeing an unbelievably attractive woman drive a nice car, I'd rather be behind the wheel.

That being said, I hate sitting in traffic.

Who does?

No one. But, I get especially angry in traffic.  Traffic is the biggest waste of time and resources on the planet!  We sit in traffic staring out the window, praying to the gods of transportation (often known as your local Department of Transportation) hoping to get moving and where we are going.  You burn and waste gasoline which is supposedly bad according to hippies and polar bear lovers.  You can't compose some work emails or look over a spreadsheet because if traffic starts moving you run the risk of causing an accident.  You can't learn a craft or a trade.  You definitely can't read and god forbid if you want to get in some Angry Birds or catch up on Top Gear from your iPhone.

At least my wife and I commute together most days.  We can at least talk and enjoy each other's company.

But still, I'd rather do that while tearing down the road with the wind rushing through the open windows or at home enjoying a cold drink in our New Orleans esque backyard (if you couldn't tell New Orleans is our dream city to live).

Instead, I'm wasting my life reading bumper stickers some jerk picked because he thinks they make him witty and interesting.

They don't and your political ideology is moronic.

Sorry, had to get that off my chest.

Then I read this.

Amazing.

I don't want a car to drive me around all the time.  If I wanted a chauffeur I would take public transit.  I drive not out of necessity but out of love.  It seems that VW is on the right track with this Temporary Auto Pilot program.  It's quite brilliant. 

VW said:
"(It) maintains a safe distance to the vehicle ahead, drives at a speed selected by the driver, reduces this speed as necessary before a bend, and maintains the vehicle's central position with respect to lane markers," said Volkswagen in a statement. "The system also observes overtaking rules and speed limits. Stop-and-start driving maneuvers in traffic jams are also automated."

So ideally, I could get stuck in stop and go traffic where my average speed is 15 MPHs and turn this bad boy on.  Compose some emails, get on Twitter and talk cars with my car fanatics, etc.  Let it get to where the roads open up and then resume control.  At least, that's what I'm hoping for.  We don't need cars to drive us but, we NEED a car that will drive for us, when WE want.  Let the choice remain in our hands.

I hope this is what the future holds.

Dear Automakers,

Don't screw this up for us.

Regards,
Steven



Comments

  1. "(It) maintains a safe distance to the vehicle ahead..."

    That would be a first for you, huh?

    ZINGER.

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  2. I love my wife, I love my wife, I love my wife...


    SIGH

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