Fixing Previously-Solved Problems

Posted on February 20, 2014 4:00 pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they’re getting too close.

Um, guys? There’s a big ol’ button on your steering wheel that already does that.

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5 Responses to “Fixing Previously-Solved Problems”

  1. Oppo says:

    I truly despise this idea.

    Of course the government will swear they won’t collect your car’s data on locations traveled, heading, speed, and whatever else. Eventually, when caught in the act, they’ll admit they do collect it, but don’t store it.

    When caught storing it, they’ll claim that they can only view it with permission of a secret court judge, who never denies a request.

    Other than that, the sheer frequency of the number of times the “alarm” will go off from this gizmo in the course of normal traffic situations will condition everyone go just ignore it.

    And WTF is up with the gizmo or car deciding to use the brakes without the driver’s consent?

    Nah, no chance of unintended consequences there….

  2. AT says:

    Um, guys? There’s a big ol’ button on your steering wheel that already does that.

    That requires personal responsibility and effort. Big Fed is wholly against both. Let the NHTSA help you drive – since we can’t be trusted with that right. Or any others. It’s for the greater good.

  3. 4of7 says:

    I’d be all for it if it could force slower traffic to stay out of the left lane of multi-lane roads.

  4. c64wood says:

    Who gets to define what is “too close”?

  5. Oppo says:

    @4: Soundtrack from future remake of “Bullitt”:

    Beep!

    Beep!

    Beep!

    (no dialogue audible over the beeps)

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