Cars are getting smarter. Each new model year rolls out new bells and whistles. Many of these features utilize computer systems that manage different features of cars without operator input.
One of the most popular features available—in standard and luxury models alike—are back-up cameras and audible warnings. Instead of having to turn your head over your shoulder to look where you’re reversing, you can use the back-up camera to see where you’re going. Many models also have audible warnings that start to beep when you get too close to other cars or objects.
All of these automated features are great . . . if they’re working properly. Once you become dependent on a back-up camera to see where you’re going, it could be a real shock for this item to malfunction. If you can only parallel park when relying on your audible warnings going “beep . . . beep . . . beep” until it flat lines, you could be in for a rude awakening when the first sound you hear is metal on metal.
To avoid auto accidents attributable to technical malfunctions, regularly test your automated features. Also, don’t become dependent on these features. You still need to be able to safely operate a vehicle without them. Just like many young drivers don’t know how to drive a standard transmission, many drivers of the future won’t know how to reverse a vehicle without automated assistance.