Geared up for future cars

Raelene HallMidwest Times
It’s pretty fancy but this car still needs a driver and it can’t clean itself.
Camera IconIt’s pretty fancy but this car still needs a driver and it can’t clean itself. Credit: Supplied, Raelene Hall

Our daughter has just bought herself a new car.

We had our first ride in it last night.

Hubby is now concerned by the time we need to upgrade ours, we might have to go back to a horse and cart as the new ones will be too complicated for us to work out.

Her boyfriend suggested it won’t be a problem as they will possibly be driverless by then.

That’s something I can’t get my head around — sitting in a car that drives itself.

My husband would probably suggest it wouldn’t be an issue for me because I would just do what I always do when someone else is driving — fall asleep.

It might be OK in the city but how do you go on a long trip up to the bush?

Will it allow you to tell it to stop by the side of the road for an emergency pit stop or will it be programmed to only stop when it runs out of fuel?

If it can drive itself, can it repair itself, change its own tyres, wash and vacuum itself?

They would be pretty handy attributes for it to have.

So if it is driverless, who sits in the driver’s seat? Or isn’t there one?

Does the driver’s seat just become another seat in the car?

Great idea — just one more seat for passengers to argue over about who is going to sit where.

How do you instruct it where you want to go?

I would hope not by using satellite navigation systems because some of them can lead you up the garden path or out to the rabbit proof fence in order to reach Great Northern Highway.

Not exactly the quickest and best route unless you have urges to be a modern-day explorer.

I really can’t get my head around the idea of a driverless car but then, when I was young, I couldn’t get my head around the idea of a car that had cameras to show you how to reverse, cars that could answer your telephone, especially as mobile phones never existed either, and a car that would start without a key.

It makes me wonder what new and mind-boggling phenomena my kids, and grandkids (provided I have any) will face in the future.

In the meantime, I’m stealing our daughter’s old car. It still needs a driver!

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