So I being a good parent decided my offsprings driving lessons are going to start with a pro to start with as I didnt want offspring to learn my bad habits...shoving a jaffa cake in each cheek to keep hands on wheel,doing bad signs to killer drivers,making clutch smoke etc.Much money this is.So I asked how it went after 3 lessons.Were any cars hit reversing,did you go in traffic far,how was your hill start etc.The answers did my head in.The "car"has many sensors to help you park,it wont let you hit anything and is aware...AWARE..of lanes and proximity of stuff like pedestrians.It adjusts the clutch somehow so you can even stop on a gradient without the brakes.This is not a car.This is driving a computer.What use is that I asked.The answer is because its the modern world.How is that driving?How will "how to thaw a frozen lada engine block with a fan heater on the end of a home made extension cable,or how to bump start,or how to adjust the plugs,or how to not skid figure??Oh yes skid.The "car"has intelligent anti skid function.ARRRGGHH.
Don't get me on central locking! My Transit is the only van I have ever had with it. I didn't get the fob with the van, so have to open all the doors at once from the driver's door lock. Not good if you have a dog with you and have to step into the road to unlock the van!!
Ah driverless cars. I don't see how the government will like them. Here's why. Insurance. Currently, in the UK drivers are insured, not the car. If there's no driver, who will be insured, if at all? Either, the car will still have to be insured, and in which case who is the insured (and at fault in an accident)? Or, there will be no insurance (unlikely) and the government will lose out on the insurance tax.
I was recently forced to get another vehicle as mine at 130k finally died.Valve sealant no longer worked and the expense of a fix at garage too high, as i have no tools now,inclination or sense anymore it seems.It ended up Was like driving a volcano and the clutch was overheated a lot,probably glazed, and definately pongy.It was also in dire need of a shovel out.Fortunately it was written off while parked up empty and insurance paid more than the scrappie.The days of sitting in a cold lean too with loving care and a lapping board and paste on a slow rebuild have long gone.The new old vehicle has a computer that keeps telling me it needs a service,keeps on nagging.As i wont be bullied by a car I put a sticker over the messages.Then the spanner sign stayed on.The garage said it does that if you ignore the service prompt.Its running well no issues.I just got a bigger sticker and nothing bad has happened.
I suppose it's called progress but we seem to be turning out a generation of people who lack the motor skills of the previous generations, as machines get smarter, we seem to get dumber.
We already have trainee surgeons who lack the dexterity to sew, recently in the news and of course the car thing, with light and wipers that turn on when they need to not to mention parking aids.
It's like it's taking away that part of our brain that thinks "It's getting dark now, I' think I'll turn the lights on" or "I'm a bit close to that wall, I'll change course" When I learned to drive, you were very much a part of the car and very much in charge of the car. Nowadays it's more like being a spectator.
When I changed cars last, the newer one, which is still 12 years old, had one of those stupid reverse sensors. I say had because it doesn't have any more, It lasted about 2 weeks until I got fed up with it and cut the wires.
Seriously, the guy's called Kneebone? Straight away it sounds like a piss take. Surely using a smartphone could only improve manual dexterity?
Sadly I don't think smart phones help with manual dexterity any more than typing on a screen helps with writing. They do help us with information and you can hold a vast amount of information on them, but when it comes to manually handling something they are of little use.