The day when cars drive themselves – so-called autonomous driving – is a day I dread. However, autonomous cars should become mandatory for those who fail to use their indicators! You are spoiling my fun by ambling along only giving thought to you and yourself.
I love nothing more than getting behind the wheel and driving my little metal box about on a voyage of discovery.
Only last Sunday, I was coming back from a local purveyor of fine ice cream and I decided to discover where a road that I had never been down went.
It was a lovely, sunny, autumnal day and I had no particular place to go. So I simply turned the wheel and set off down a narrow country track.
Had I been in one of those new-fangled “drive by telepathy” cars, I would have spent 20 minutes trying to reset the onboard computer to not take me home but down the unfamiliar wiggly, windy road.
How would I have told the car where to go when I didn’t know the road name, far less what B road number it was?
However, I am coming around to the idea of cars that do certain things themselves.
What I need is a car that knows I am are leaving at 7am, that it’s minus 3C outside and decides to warm the cabin before I get in.
I would also like a car that knows I am hopeless at parking, and slightly OCD, and so let’s me know that the car is not quite straight in the space.
And it would be nice to have a car that appreciates that an early start necessitates copious amounts of coffee and so has an onboard Nespresso machine for a cheeky wee cappuccino. This I need.
One of the unforeseen benefits of vehicles that think for themselves is that they won’t adopt bad habits.
Road rage will become a thing of the past, no more angry gesticulations on our streets due to poor driving. Just think, we may never see the V’s again.
What is it with drivers, these days, thinking that indicators are optional extras?
I have spent the last week getting more and more irritated by motorists who think I know where they are going and can anticipate their intentions.
Here is the news: I can’t. The sooner you get your backsides into autonomous cars more intelligent than you, the better.
I will still drive myself, thank you very much. Autonomous cars are all well and good but I love driving. Always have, always will.