Forget Self-Driving Cars. Bring Back the Stick Shift.

Do you tend to listen for the “audible proximity alerts” without checking up the backup camera or the rear window? Older models don’t have these beeps. We all depend on new technology, and we tend to stop paying attention. This problem may lead to serious consequences.

As of last year, backup cameras are mandatory and they can actually help us prevent accidents. In the period between 2008 and 2011, the number of new cars sold with backup cameras doubled.

However, the backup fatality rate declined by a third. The number of backup injuries was 8 percent lower.

According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “many drivers are not aware of the limitations” of the new technology. The report also showed that one in five drivers relies on backup aids which led to a collision or near miss while using other vehicles.

Is the new technology killing us?

Uber aimed toward a self-driving car, and the efforts hit a major speed bump in 2019 in Temp, Ariz.” One of the self-driving Volvos killed a pedestrian. How could the cameras and radar sensors miss the pedestrian?

The investigation showed that the driver was watching Hulu. Our brains have the ability to filter out extraneous info, this behavior could have been predicted. Drivers’ brain is in a near-constant state of vigilance. However, if someone or something does the driving for us, the vigilance fades.

The same issue happened with Tesla’s Autopilot mode.

The new safety technology led to many unintended accidents. In December 2017, a patient lost her life when the nurse tried to search for an anti-anxiety drugs in an automated dispensing cabined by typing its first two letters.

She used Vecuronium instead of Versed. Vecuronium is a paralytic medication, and it’s used in executions. The patient died within a few days.

In October, pilots on Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia had to fight against the aircraft’s lifesaving technology. The plane’s ascent was interpreted as too steep, and the aircraft’s “maneuvering characteristics augmentation system” was turned on. The plane hit the Java Sea going at 450 miles per hour.

Boeing’s software fix may not be that good. A plane crashed, and 157 people died.

Hopefully, these accidents will be enough for companies to fix their systems. Supercomputers may be super, but they can’t replace the real power. The new technology is luring us into death.



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