No offence, friends. It’s not that I don’t want to drive you around. It’s more so about my own mental health. It’s difficult to multitask and have a meaningful conversation with you while I’m driving and trying to focus on the road. Half the time that I’m driving with you in the passenger seat next to me, I actually can’t hear what you’re saying. The words just pass through from one ear to the next and I can’t find myself contributing valuable points. The words that I do say are probably phrases that I’ve said in previous conversations regurgitated in order to continue the flow of the conversation and for me to wait for you to continue speaking so that I can nod and act like I’m still “in” the conversation. The ideal situation where I can actually speak with you is when I’m sitting next to you in a non-driving setting and concentrating on your words so that I can relate and hold a focused conversation (acting as a passenger and not driving is okay). This is something that I’ve realized a lot lately in the past year: I just can’t mentally function properly when driving and trying to hold a meaningful conversation with the person (people) in the car. It’s gotten a lot worse as my me time has decreased, I’ve noticed. [A really big case of absent-mindedness.]
I can’t wait for driverless cars to emerge so that we don’t have to worry about focusing on the road and it will decrease traffic on the roads as well. Traffic is due to human’s delay in response times when there are more cars on the road. Once driverless and automatic robot cars can operate more on the road, the roads will be more smooth and more time will be saved. I don’t think I’m the only one who says this when we know that a lot of us spend a lot of time commuting from place to place. I’m grateful that technology has given us cars, a mode of transportation that allows us to travel many kilometers in a short period of time. Our ancestors were never able to travel from a city like Montreal to Toronto in a matter of a day by walking, ever. We’re very lucky to be living in such a richly advanced society that makes life so much more convenient and easy. It’s easy to hop into a car and drive somewhere. It’s easy to do it because we have the means to (IF you have the means to). For the sake of this blog post, I’m referring to driving and not being a passenger.
When are the driverless cars ready? Do you think they will be ready in about five years’ time? Tesla already has a driverless car available in the states and Canada. People have seen these videos and have shared them around the Internet. We also know that technology is advancing at a rate that we have never seen before. What before took tens of years to advance only takes a few months now. Technology is amazing.
Self-driving Tesla success video:
Testing out the Tesla in crowded Hong Kong… but I don’t really see the crowdedness in this video. It seems to be successful still:
I think when we have more driverless cars on the road, safety will be the number one saving factor. For myself, I look forward to the day that I can hop into my car, pick up a friend, and chat with her or him with no problem because I don’t have to focus on the road and I can focus 100% on our conversation and remember what we talked about. We can also watch videos, play games, share snacks on the way to our destination, and more. Think of all the time that can be saved by not having to drive and doing something productive while in the self-driving car! We could be fulfilling a lot of goals on the way to whenever we’re going. Commuting could be a huge asset to our already busy lives in the future. People can also sleep, groom, eat, or do whatever they want while heading to work! I seriously can’t wait. With the new technology though, there will be lots of flaws and mishaps before it’s corrected to 100% reliability, but I know it’s just a matter of time before it’s available. I just hope we can have it for everyone’s use in about five years’ time (or sooner).
[And since I’m talking about driving in general, I’ll expand on my own current perspective on driving. I like it. I don’t prefer driving but I don’t mind it, terribly… yet. Sometimes I like driving because I am in control of the car, I can listen to whatever I want on the radio station, and sometimes sing along to songs that I know. The times that I really dislike driving are when there are tons of traffic on the road and impatient drivers that honk rudely. I may not be the best driver out there, but angry drivers that express their rage at innocent drivers just discourages me even more. Driving on an open road with a nice view is fun, but we all know that that rarely happens, especially nowadays with a growing Markham and growing Toronto. Driving is also a chance for me to collect my thoughts about the day and to recharge. Sometimes, it’s almost like I’m driving unconsciously. There are so many thoughts going through inside my head that I don’t even know how I get from point A and point B at times. It’s a little scary because I don’t think consciously about every turn or drive that I make. Knock on wood, but maybe this is how some people get into accidents. They are just not paying full attention to the roads. This is not a chance for you to critique my driving. This is just some insight into how I drive and what I’ve noticed throughout my recent years of driving on the road.]
Thank you Google and Tesla for all the images found in this blog post. 🙂