And no, we're not talking about your smashing the iDrive of your Bimmer. Again.

Bill Howard of (see here for his dislikes about cars and what to do about them) has a new rant  about the "technology cocoon," the increasing use of devices in vehicles that separate the driver from, well, driving the vehicle. He focuses on three: active cruise control (which keeps your car at a distance from other vehicles); lane departure warning; and backup cameras/radar. While most are currently found in luxury vehicles, many can be installed aftermarket.

Mr. Howard is definitely not a luddite; he understands the advantages of technology. However, he holds a common sense view: the focus should be on the road, not on that beeping noise saying you've veered into lane two or have a call on your cellphone. Again.

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