“My car won’t let me rear-end anyone,” she said.
It’s true. The 2013 Subaru Legacy equipped with EyeSight automatically applies the brakes and stops the car when it detects another automobile in its path.
The first time I drove my girlfriend’s car, it was quite a disconcerting feeling to keep my foot off the brake when approaching a line of cars at a stop light. Just as advertised, though, the car came to a gentle stop without any input from me at all.
Now I hardly notice when we have adaptive cruise control on and the car slows itself on the highway when heavy traffic is ahead. We both trust the car to slow down, and stop, when needed. Truth be told, and I won’t mention any names here, but someone I know even drove with her feet out the window while navigating heavy traffic caused by a car accident.
You can imagine the stares.
I fully understand that features like EyeSight are meant to act as a backup in case of emergencies, but I now know how easy it is to become reliant on such technology.
This makes me wonder if a false sense of security is being fostered and disaster lies ahead as more people stop thinking while they drive. One computer glitch and suddenly we have cars going 70 miles per hour plowing into stopped traffic ahead.
A more realistic possibility is a car like the Legacy stopping too fast, or for no reason at all, then getting rear-ended by the vehicle behind it.
I’m all for technology that can monitor traffic and prevent accidents, but a part of me wonders if it’s already gone too far. Yesterday, AOL Autos posted an article listing the top 7 cars that help drivers avoid accidents. That list was dominated by Cadillac, Volvo and Subaru, with other automakers hopping on board. That means more people will drive with their feet off the brakes, which will mean one of two things: There will be either more accidents or fewer accidents.
From my experience with EyeSight, my bets are on fewer.
Will your next car feature some kind of accident avoidance system?