Attention Operator: Interaction Temporarily Paused

Posted by freedomforall 1 week, 3 days ago to Technology
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"The 2023 VW ID.4 I’m test driving this week – more about that here – isn’t just an electric car.

It is a parenting car.

It will “temporarily pause” your ability to change the radio station – which you do by using the tap/swipe cell phone interface built into the dashboard – if it thinks you have taken your eyes off the road. Which you have to do, because you cannot tell by feel what you’re doing when using a tap/swipe cell phone interface – i.e., the LCD touchscreen built into the dashboard.

Franz Kafka, phone home!

Almost all new and recent-model cars have these things, chiefly because they are cheap (to install) yet look fancy.
Now – in many cars – almost everything is controlled via the tap/swipe interface built into the dash, obliging you to tap and swipe. But that is distracting – just like the smartphone they say you’re not supposed to tap/swipe while driving. And so they built into the car a monitoring system that “temporarily pauses” your ability to exercise any control over the smartphone screen they built into the car – preventing you from changing the radio station, for instance – if the car thinks you are “distracted.”

It can see that – via eye-movement monitors that you can’t see unless you use a video camera. If you want to see these sensors, pan the dash area with a camera; then you’ll then see these strange metronomically blinking red lights. Those are the sensors. If they see you are looking at what you’re not supposed to – according to the car’s programming – then the car will “temporarily pause” whatever it was you were trying to do.

Like change the channel.

But not just that."

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  • Posted by Aeronca 1 week, 3 days ago
    I loooved my 1998 Jeep Wrangler, base model. It was just a giant Lego set. 4 wheels, a steering wheel, a new levers, switches and knobs, NO pollution controls. Simple, easy, man and machine, a joy to drive. Easy to repair. (Not the front end universal joints.) I'm still lucky to be driving a 2010 old car with no touch screen. The radio has a knob!

    This isn't headed in a good direction. It's cattle to the slaughter.

    Use it or lose it. Your brain. Think about that. The war that was won without a shot. The humans submitted to the machines without a whimper.
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