Now here’s a really bad idea: let’s develop technology that allows motorists to drive with their brains and not with their arms and legs. After all, most people are totally focused when they’re behind the wheel, and not easily distracted by cell phones, text messages, Twitter feeds, greasy burgers, 55 gallon Uber Gulp drinks or thousand-watt audio systems. Really, what could possibly fail with a driving system that required 100% attention span behind the wheel and took time to process the driver’s inputs? Watch the video below and prepare to be horrified.
Sarcasm aside, this is one more attempt to turn driving into a path-of-least-resistance task with as little human intervention as possible. There are those who’d embrace this technology as a stepping stone to the next quantum leap in transportation, the fully autonomous car. These soul-less individuals have never experienced the joy of a properly rev-matched downshift, and they don’t know what it’s like to have a tuned engine come on cam as you row your way up through the gears, chasing a stream through a mountain canyon. If they get their way, you won’t be able to experience such things much longer, either. I’m not ready for battery powered transportation pods that get me from point A to point B without diversion, and I’d rather drive than spend my time connected to a collective hive-mind. I’m not giving in to our computer powered robot overlords yet, and I hope you’re not either.