Don’t be a lazy driver just because your car is stuffed with tech

Cars are getting ‘smarter’, but that doesn’t mean we should rely on them to do everything.

The danger here is to think we can let the car do things. When you get behind the wheel, you are responsible no matter what.

Technology is a big help, but we still have to give due respect to the potential killing machine – and to those around us on the street.

Do we drive less carefully just because we know we have a car stuffed to the brim with safety technology? That’s a real danger, I think. I absolutely applaud what automakers are doing, but we also need to stay sharp ourselves.

That’s all to give you an idea of ​​what Volvo has in store with its new electric flagship, the EX90, due to be unveiled on November 9th. They say that protecting you “through understanding” will help. That’s an interesting use of the word “understanding.” In this context, it should understand you and the environment of the car. And: “It can also become more intelligent and secure over time, since it learns from new data and receives updates.”

I’m not trying to be funny, but do we (humans) “learn” from past mistakes? For example, are we still driving too close to the vehicle in front? Are we easily distracted by something or someone inside or outside the car?

Cars have systems that recognize when you’re distracted and/or tired and intervene when the technology senses you’re heading for trouble. I was a benefactor.

Did I learn from my mistake? Hopefully. I can thank the tech for showing me how close I was to big trouble. I hope I never have to rely on it again, but it’s reassuring to know it’s there. My big challenge is not to rely on it too much.

https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-talk/dont-be-a-lazy-driver-just-because-your-car-is-laden-with-tech-42013478.html Don’t be a lazy driver just because your car is stuffed with tech

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