A lot of us actually take having a car for granted. We get in every morning, every evening, every week, and just drive about as if it was normal. We soon forget the times of having to walk everywhere or rely on public transport. But whilst having a car is amazing, it’s important to think of how they might be failing us. One way we know for sure is through finances, we’re definitely being failed with how much a car is to run. But another area that a lot of people don’t think about is car technology. Long gone are the days where all you would need are the basic components and a chasset. We’re now living in a time where cars are loaded with technology, so let’s have a look at how it might be failing us.
The time has come where the 2018 number plates are in full swing, thousands upon thousands of new model cars are being rolled out of the production line. Coming with them is new technology that we haven’t seen in previous years. A lot of the features that manufacturers are adding are safety and warning features, but already we’re seeing faults with those. Although it can fail us often, there are things such as these obd2 scanners which will allow you to check what is causing the fault. This can save a lot of money, but is it worth having the tech that might be causing the problem in the first place? A lot of manufacturers are implementing a lane warning system which activates when it detects that you aren’t staying in line. A lot of the time this is failing, going off when it shouldn’t do, or just not working at all. The risk here being panic from the driver if it does go off when unintended, a swerve to correct something that wasn’t wrong, and a potential crash. Is it safer to just trust the judgement of the driver rather than relying on tech to do it for them all the time?
Driverless cars are arguably one of the coolest bits of technology that we’ve created in the last 20 years in terms of cars. The idea of a car being able to drive itself is so futuristic, and a lot of people are saying we’re only one change away from having flying cars. Whether that be true, who knows, but what we do know is that driverless cars aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Like with most technology, something always goes wrong as Jeremy Clarkson famously found out not so long ago. Although he didn’t say exactly what happened, apparently the car showed two major faults within a 50 mile drive, one which could have caused death. Due to legal reasons he did not say what the problem was, but it does beg the question as to whether we’re making the right decision with letting the cars drive us, rather than us drive them. There’s the obvious risk of lack of control, faults, poor driving by others. But, the steering wheel and pedals can still fully be engaged should an incident arise, but it’s whether it can be engaged quick enough…
So, what are you views on the technology on the cars of today? We’d love to hear your thoughts!