More and more passenger Cars are boasting of enhanced levels of built-in intelligence, wherein they assist the driver in safe driving. Some have gone to the extent of saying that the Car takes care of collision-avoidance even if the driver isn't paying attention.
In your opinion, is this the right way forward?
Should we let the Drivers relax beyond a certain level, unless its a fully autonomous Car (sans a driver)?
Also, what are the consequences of any onboard computer malfunction leading to accidents?
I think that it should follow the 80-20 principle. The control of the car should be through various intelligence systems only, while the attention of the driver should be only to monitor and ensure the efficient functioning of these systems. He should not be invoved in any aspect of driving, directly. However the option to over-ride all controls should be available to him, so that it can be exercised in dire need.
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