Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
John asks: My wife has a Prius. It has a touchscreen. Before touchscreens, you could change the radio volume or station by touch. You could change the temp or fan speed by touch. Now you have take your eyes off the road to make the change. This is safe?
My reply: Not in my opinion!
As you already know, there’s no sense of touch with a touchscreen. I mean, you can touch the screen, of course – but it’s impossible to know what “icon” you’re touching without looking – and even then, it’s hard to touch it without looking and concentrating on what you want to touch because your finger is moving.
All of which means you aren’t concentrating on the road.
This problem is compounded by having to scroll (or swipe through) through multiple menus to locate exactly what you want. New cars have so many features now – many of these just distracting gewgaws (e.g., displays that show you how much power the engine is making as you drive or what the weather is or the stock market’s doing) that driving is taking a back seat to swiping and tapping the touchscreen.
And no, it isn’t very saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafe.
It’s also the reason for the appearance of things like Lane Keep Assist – which was developed to keep distracted-by-technology “drivers” from wandering out of their lane and into opposing traffic – or off the road.
But there is a more sinister aspect to all of this, methinks.
It is a synergistic movement toward the automated car. People are being conditioned to be so gadget-addled that they will see – and accept the manufactured need for – the car to take over the driving. So that they can concentrate on the “apps” – and tapping and swiping.
This is desirable, from the viewpoint of those who want to control the population even more tightly than it is already controlled. Imagine it: No one can just go where they want to, whenever they want to, as they want to. Instead, they will be taken where the government-corporate nexus allows them to go, at its pleasure.
The only way to stop this, I fear, is for a very large percentage of the population to refuse to go along with it. Unfortunately, it appears that a majority of people love all this technology – just look at everyone with their faces buried in dey sail fawn all day long.
It was only about 20 years ago that most people didn’t have a sail fawn at all. And made perhaps a couple of calls a day on a land line phone.
No cars had touchscreens.
And people drove their own cars, without “assistance” from technology.
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