More Thoughts On The Changing Technology And Driving.

Every once in a while I’m transported back in time. I see or hear or smell something that strips away the high tech digital world of the present. On August 4th 2016 I could have sworn that I was passing through some kind of time slip. I have posted about the Shay Reproduction Roadsters before however for those who don’t know these are antique car design with modern modern materials. The Aesthetics of the older vehicles bring to mind thing like the feel of fine leather upholstery and the smell of wood polish. There was a time when people drove for the pleasure of the open road and not just going from point A to point B. There was an age when a person’s time was their own and a craftsman was appreciated for the quality of his work and not just the sheer volume of production. The artistry in the architecture blended with craftsmanship and skilled hand gave life to the machine. Mass production made them affordable but each piece had its own personality. We gave them names and made them members of our families. When the older ones began to break down we learned how to repair the machine and extended it’s lifetime until there was no choice but to let it go. As I look towards the future of the motor car I can see a time when Artificial Intelligence just might have the potential to deepen our connection with the vehicles. I can imagine how smart cameras embedded in car will recognize our faces and the cars will know our names. When it will learn our routine and wish us a good morning as we step out of the house. There will be lots of bells and whistles. There is already cars with Wi-Fi networks to keep us entertained. Advanced warning systems to keep the driver from changing lanes at the wrong time and cars that drive themselves are becoming more and more common. But, in all of the wondrous technology that is on the rise I have to admit that I will miss the simple pleasure climbing behind the wheel just driving.

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4 thoughts on “More Thoughts On The Changing Technology And Driving.

  1. I think some technology is really useful. Car turning and signals using SatNavs are important, but if you’ve watched this episode of The Office, Michael and Dwight have a digitised voice that gives them directions right into the lake and they drive the car into the lake. Technology can help you so much, common sense remains a trait of human beings. 🙂 I do debate the point about people not driving without a destination in mind, road trips will always be something people enjoy.

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    1. Oh yes. Roger Zelazny wrote into one of his short stories about getting into the automated car and punching in random coordinates just to see where you woke up the next morning.
      I have to say that GPS really spoils us. I had to learn map and compass, by the stars and solar navigation.
      My first experience with GPS was similar to the Office.

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