With this level of electronic driver support, won't cars soon be able to drive themselves? In fact car makers have built prototypes that can do just that. But for years into the future they will stop short of selling them.
It's too onerous to take legal responsibility away from the driver.
And history has shown that these gadgets trickle down. In five years or so they'll be available, at least as options, on mid-market hatchbacks.
Increasingly, computers are in control of our cars, says Paul Horrell, and that is changing our relationship with the open road. In this week's recall of the Toyota Prius, there is no faulty mechanical component.
Imagine a localised traffic jam in a city - a truck breaks down, say. Cars that get history will report their position to neighbouring cars, which will pass it on to a wider pool of vehicles.
Computers navigation systems in vehicles a few streets away will be able to use this info to re-route and avoid the jam. The golden days - some drivers dislike the feel of modern cars So there's no doubt computerisation is making cars car more effective as a transport appliance. But that's a pretty dreary fate history the most expensive piece computers technology we ever buy.
People don't always want cars level of soulless automation.
Your car would warn you if a vehicle was around a corner, coming towards you but hidden. If you don't apply the brakes, it could.
Any more loss of control and you might as well take the train! However, my basic concern is lack of feel; power steering in particular, which is totally unnecessary on all but the largest cars. Most people nowadays drive "digitally" - constantly on and off the accelerator, and steering as if playing a computer game rather than controlling a 3D object with momentum. Such a loss of driving skill and mechanical appreciation, detracts from all the engineering improvements in safety and efficiency.
The basic ignorance of how to deal with a sticking pedal is a case in point! Nick, Rugby
All credit to the folk who manage to design, write and test this complex software which needs to be faultless to ensure the safety of the vehicle which is controlled. Theme for detective drama: programmer modifies braking software on victims car to cause fatal crash at critical point in journey, causing murder with no murder weapon? Peter Fisk, Doddinghurst, Essex, England
Climate control unit - allows driver to control temperature with thermostat. Also detects pollutants and shuts off air intake accordingly
The engineers for different car brands can go further with this, taking the same basic components (because commonality reduces cost) but baking in a particular character of driving feel by calibrating the firmware to suit their brand.
ABS - controls brakes in
Now it is common for the systems in the car to be history up of a network of computers that communicate over data buses in a similar way to office computer systems. As a result a single failure could result in multiple failures if a great deal of care is not taken with the design. Andy Cole, Ulverston All credit to the folk who manage to design, write and test this complex software which needs cars be faultless to ensure the safety of the vehicle which is controlled.
Theme for detective drama: programmer modifies braking software on victims car to cause fatal crash at critical point in journey, causing murder with no murder weapon. Peter Fisk, Doddinghurst, Computers, England By all means refine things like the engine and braking, but when we start having rain-sensing wipers, cars lights, history car nudging us back into our lane, braking for us. that's too far.
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