I tested the autonomous driving feature in the 2016 Honda Accord Touring Sedan and it works well. I was cruising on the highway and took my hands off the steering wheel but kept them close enough as I don’t expect the car to replace the human being at this point in time. I had my hands hovering over the wheel. But it really did work well. I see this autonomous feature as a TERRIBLE thing. I’m a 45 year old man (in September) – I know better. But a lot of younger people are going to die because of this safety technology. Parents are going to buy their children vehicles with autonomous capabilities under the assumption that it’s going to help their child avoid an accident. This line of thinking is going to backfire too many times…

I look around and see so many people looking down into their lap while driving. It’s crazy. Nobody is looking straight ahead anymore. And those who ARE looking straight ahead – the majority of them are holding a phone in their hand having a conversation. It is VERY dangerous on the road these days. Very dangerous. Even the few that are actually paying attention – a portion of them are just simply bad drivers anyway. As far as I’m concerned – when I’m driving – I’m the only capable driver on the road. I hope for the best but expect the worst at all times. I don’t even like TALKING while I’m driving anymore. I put the music on and I prefer if my passengers just STFU. Driving is just too dangerous nowadays…

Next time you go for a drive – SAFELY take a quick look around. Observe the other drivers and take note of what they’re doing. You’ll find a large portion of them are not paying attention to driving. People are typing texts, emails or on Facebook having conversations – or taking pictures and posting them on Instagram. This might not be so bad if it were only one person doing this on the road at any given time – but once you start taking notice – you’ll see the person next to you texting, and the person next to them texting, and the person in front and/or behind them on the phone. This is absolutely ridiculous.

I know some people are going to say, “But you’re not being safe either if you’re observing what other drivers are doing”. I disagree. I need to know what’s going on around me on the road. I need to know what to expect. I’m constantly evaluating what I believe others are going to do around me and I prepare to react promptly to all possible scenarios at all times. I know I sound like a lunatic – but I don’t care. Driving is serious business. You can be alive one moment and dead the next.

You may have heard about the man recently killed in Florida while allowing his Tesla car to drive autonomously. This was a grown, intelligent man. Can you imagine what we’re in for as more and more automobiles with autonomous driving features fall into the hands of 18, 19 and 20 year olds?! Population control…

Autonomous cars a serious threat to safety

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