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I’m a personal injury lawyer in Denver. I like safe stuff! It’s in my nature. I’ve seen too many victims of car accidents and motorcycle accidents not to become the “Safety Steve” in my household and hold some natural appreciation for the concept of safe cars. But even I am wondering about all the new tech gadgets that seem to be coming off the assembly lines that I wonder if the development of safe cars has gone too far. Here’s a list I’ve compiled from random readings:
I’m actually a tech-geek at heart. I have a pen that remembers what I write! Love it! But my jury is still out on how helpful all of this safe car technology might be in actually keeping us safe. I guess we all need to stick to the #1 fundamental: be a defensive driver. No computer will ever be a replacement for good old common sense.
Excerpt: “I understand that these intrusive systems are designed to counter worst-case drivers — the drunk, the drowsy and the otherwise impaired. But that’s the problem. The technology treats all drivers as worst case. That gets irritating. Automakers, which spend billions to make consumers love their products, should consider this: Do you want to nanny-up your cars to the point where your customers just don’t like driving them?”
Excerpt: “Coming to the newly revamped E-Class sedan this year, the cockpit boasts two separate screens that are actually just one long HD-quality monitor. The left half of this long screen serves the driver, the right half is geared toward driver and passenger. Both displays are highly customizable, which is a growing trend in automobiles today. You can choose to show just old-fashioned auto and engine speed gauges, or a combination of gauges and road map.”
Excerpt: “Microsoft has teamed up with Volvo to bring some vehicle function controls to its Band 2 fitness wearable. Similarly, Ford and Amazon have hooked up to link the Echo to its connected cars, meaning you’ll be able to unlock your vehicle from inside your home or ask Amazon’s Alexa system questions from behind the wheel.”