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Rhodyspit75

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Spending the afternoon watching college basketball and we keep seeing a commercial for Denali pickup with hands free driving. Would anyone here do that. Personally I don’t even like cruise control.
 

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Spending the afternoon watching college basketball and we keep seeing a commercial for Denali pickup with hands free driving. Would anyone here do that. Personally I don’t even like cruise control.
easier to text with two hands? :devilgrin:

Seriously, Elon Musk was just told to change Tesla's so people can't play video games while driving. (not enough words :rolleyes2: )
 

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I personally wouldn't ride in one, let alone own one! Not an offer I would even consider! :rolleyes2:
 

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No!

I'm not a big fan of a car that parallel parks for me either

And I'm not a big fan of cruise control either, although I know it has been around for many years

I don't want a device in my home, probably recording everything I ask it

I still don't use GPS, I can figure out how to get somewhere from looking at a map

Etc...

I actually think we are creating a dumber society, all of these things require thinking (maybe not cruise control), and it's good for the mind to figure things out and actually do things...
 

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I use cruise control on the interstate but not normally on two lane roads. I use to lay out our routes to regional Healey meets on my trusty State Farm atlas - two lane there, interstate home when I was working. (We’ve put 100K miles using a 67 BJ8 and then a 62 BT7 Tri-Carb).
As soon as Google and Apple Maps got reliable I use them all the time. I especially like them in cities.
That’s the limit though. No hands free driving, no smart home or anything else they come out with along those lines.
 

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My Rand McNally road atlas louvers in the back seat or behind the seat of whatever I'm driving. I won't use GPS. I also won't have Alexa, Siri, or anything else in my house, and when not in use, my cell phone resides in a faraday pouch. Needless to say, I'm not on board with self driving cars or Skynet.
 

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Spending the afternoon watching college basketball and we keep seeing a commercial for Denali pickup with hands free driving. Would anyone here do that. Personally I don’t even like cruise control.
My Kia Telluride has Lane Keep Assist. It's not intended to drive itself per se, but as long as there are lines on the shoulder and in the center of the road, the car will literally steer itself and stay centered, even if you don't have your hands on the wheel. If you steer too close to the center line or the shoulder Line, you get a beep and the wheel vibrates to warn you to move over.
 

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No!

I'm not a big fan of a car that parallel parks for me either
How will the future drivers park their cars when the system goes down?
And I'm not a big fan of cruise control either, although I know it has been around for many years
CC Keeps me from being the fastest car on the highway.
I don't want a device in my home, probably recording everything I ask it
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER,
I still don't use GPS, I can figure out how to get somewhere from looking at a map
I finally got my MapQuest to work after years of trying.
Now it thinks I'm on a bicycle and won't allow me to get on the highway.
Etc...

I actually think we are creating a dumber society, all of these things require thinking (maybe not cruise control), and it's good for the mind to figure things out and actually do things...
 

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I currently work in a warehouse that distributes computer stuff, lots of ink/toner, computer cables... And we also send out lots of Google products, all the different devices they make... Lots of people are buying them!
 

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I saw a commercial this morning that showed different people behind the steering wheel doing various non-driving activities. Playing a game on cell phone. Putting on makeup. Looking away from the road, etc. All of the people in the cars were depicted as ghosts. The commercial was an ad against self driving cars in the state I’m currently visiting.
 

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I've lost count of the drivers going by the house holding their phones
& staring down at the screen.It's uphill,with side streets,in a residential neighborhood.
There was an accident just down the hill from us a while back.A teen was going
downhill (the road is straight there) & hit a tree.Had to be extricated from his vehicle.
I'd almost guaranty that he was looking at his phone.
 

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I'm not a fan of the autonomous vehicles, mainly because they are offloading the computing power to somewhere else using the internet. I don't think the scene in Fast&Furious 8 where the hackers weaponize self-driving cars is completely out of the realm of possible.

I do use GPS - hard copy maps are perfect for planning and knowing where things are, but very weak in the "where the #*&^# am I" department. The ones I use are simple receivers though - operate without any kind of data uplink. I don't often have it calculate a route for me, I just get some comfort in having something that can give me a map with a "you are here" dot. In my old work truck it also functions as a speedo because the in-dash unit failed 6-7 years ago and a $20 used Garmin from a person on Craigslist was a fraction of what they would charge me to TRY to fix the dash unit.

Since I can't get broadband internet at home, the whole "smart home device" question is moot for me, I couldn't use one if I wanted (and I wouldn't anyway).
 

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My Kia Telluride has Lane Keep Assist. It's not intended to drive itself per se, but as long as there are lines on the shoulder and in the center of the road, the car will literally steer itself and stay centered, even if you don't have your hands on the wheel. If you steer too close to the center line or the shoulder Line, you get a beep and the wheel vibrates to warn you to move over.
So does my Niro. I took quite a while to get used to the steering wheel pulling on its own. Overall given the number of distracted drivers probably a good thing. The only real downside I have noted is that it doesn't realize / understand that sometimes the safest route is not in the exact middle of the lane (something/ someone on the side) and you need to move slightly over and it tries pushing you back.
 

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So does my Niro. I took quite a while to get used to the steering wheel pulling on its own. Overall given the number of distracted drivers probably a good thing. The only real downside I have noted is that it doesn't realize / understand that sometimes the safest route is not in the exact middle of the lane (something/ someone on the side) and you need to move slightly over and it tries pushing you back.
Interesting...

In some places (including here in Alberta), it is the law to slow down to half the speed limit when passing an emergency vehicle, if you are in the lane immediately next to where they are working...
 

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Interesting...

In some places (including here in Alberta), it is the law to slow down to half the speed limit when passing an emergency vehicle, if you are in the lane immediately next to where they are working...

That is similar to the law here too (at least 20 under speed limit or move over) but it only applies to emergency vehicles - not to random pedestrians or civilian vehicles on the shoulder. With the amount of "stuff" (litter, tires, golf clubs, furniture, ladders, etc) that I have had to dodge, having a vehicle that fights me with a goal to stay centered in a lane would be more dangerous than not, and there are always people walking or cycling right on the edge of the road where moving over half a lane for a couple seconds actually is the safer choice.
 

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I actually like driving, hands on the wheel and using the clutch/stick. That's why even the 2020 daily driver is a 6 speed. and my phone is in my pants pocket in the car where it isn't easy to get at. Haven't setup the Bluetooth connection or the digital assistant on the phone or car. And nope, no internet connected devices or speak to assistant inside. Now if you'll excuse me I'll go prowl the jungle like the dinosaur I am according to the young extended family members...
 

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Adaptive cruise control is great for highways. Instead of roaring up behand a slower car and having to brake while cars pass you in the left lane, it automatically slows to whatever the car ahead is doing and keeps your place until you feel like pulling out to pass, then it goes back up to wherever you set it. You can also set how many car lengths behind the car ahead you want to stay. You can wiggle your legs and feet and avoid cramps. I used it all the way from CT to FL. I don't like or trust the lane keeper. It works great - until it doesn't. I won't use it. I still use a 9-year old Garmin when I get lost. Plug it in, give it directions and you're on your way. It's never been updated. You have to stop and read maps. Garmy tells you what to do and utters those dreaded words "RECALCULATING!" when you make a turn she doesn't like.
 

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I actually like driving, hands on the wheel and using the clutch/stick. That's why even the 2020 daily driver is a 6 speed. and my phone is in my pants pocket in the car where it isn't easy to get at. Haven't setup the Bluetooth connection or the digital assistant on the phone or car. And nope, no internet connected devices or speak to assistant inside. Now if you'll excuse me I'll go prowl the jungle like the dinosaur I am according to the young extended family members...
Me too - but there are times when driving is dreary. E.g. Pdplot's journey from CT to FL.

I guess, I like to have the choice. Shift an analog car when the road is fun - and automated (or just fly) when the roads are boring.

Out of curiosity, what "2020 daily driver" is a 6-speed? I'm likely going to invest in a GTI, 6-speed, SE trim. I recently sold my 2010 6-speed... now I'm stuck driving the family grocery-getter, infinitely practical but joyless.
 
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