The Brain's On Cruise Control, Too
from the i-can't-drive-55 dept
For some time, but with mixed success, auto makers have been trying to add new features to cars like adaptive cruise control, which slows a car down if it gets too close to the one ahead of it, or systems that alert a driver when they wander out of their lane. But while these features are touted as making cars safer, could they be having the opposite effect by making drivers more lazy? The thought is that drivers will simply use automated systems as a crutch, and count on them to pay attention to the road, freeing the driver up to play with the radio, put on makeup or eat a burrito. While it may sound unrealistic, it’s pretty believable, judging by how blindly some people will trust their GPS units. But like laws banning cell-phone use by drivers, these systems really create the appearance of safety without actually doing anything to make people better drivers.