“But the temptation for drivers is to simply zone out. So engineers have begun to design countermeasures. Mercedes, for example, requires two hands on the steering wheel at all times. “Everyone’s looking for ways to keep the driver engaged,” says Dan Flores, a spokesman for GM. “As the car gets more and more capable, we want the driver to maintain driving expertise.””
Inside Google’s Quest To Popularize Self-Driving Cars (via iamdanw)
Urgh. It’s almost as if Google is a company of engineers unrestrained by people who know something about people.
I am the furthest thing from an expert, so Ben please correct me if my thinking is way off here, but what if instead of developing newer and ever more complicated countermeasures for the distracted driving problem, we dial it all back?
For example, what if engineers reinstated more direct steering feel so that cars don’t feel like they’re floating around on the road? So when your text gets in the way of paying attention, you really notice your car driving out of its lane and towards the guardrail? Do you think people would wake up then?