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Old 18th Aug 2015, 16:52
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I wonder how long before FBW cars are the norm. Car goes faster/slower, but accelerator pedal doesn't move; same with brakes. I wonder if the pedals will still exist, but there has to be a 'manual' over-ride. Side stick, central, FBW steering. It is all technologically possible and possibly, once certified & produced to a suitable economy of scale it will financially viable. There is already active cruise control that includes braking sensors; there is automatic parking, auto wipers & lights, massage seats and voice controlled radios & phones. You could have 'scream activated brakes'
In 20 years we may be having similar discussions about the degradation & dilution of driving skills. However, I suspect there will be many more smoking holes before they realise that all is not well and the basics are still the basics and should be taught with a vengeance.
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