5 Motoring Memories We Don't Miss
October 25, 2017 at 12:42 PM
Today’s world of motoring provides drivers with many outstanding developments in automotive technology. Middle-aged drivers will remember when much of what is today standard in most cars, was in their youth, merely a vision of the future. It’s certain that the next generation of motorists will have a totally different experience to their parents when they get into a car. Here are some of the things that experienced drivers have struggled with, which kids will not have to think about when they eventually get behind the wheel:
For many drivers in the past, maintaining their vehicle and undertaking minor repairs was part of owning a car. Never again. It was inevitable that as soon as computers were able to be fitted to cars they would take on an increasingly larger role in monitoring and contributing to a car’s performance. The diagnosing of faults on today’s vehicles is more a matter of plugging in a laptop computer with the relevant software than examining the engine or other components. In fact, many of today’s cars are so complex that without the necessary digital tools finding out what’s wrong can be virtually impossible.
Pre-digital age drivers were reliant on first radio and then cassette tape and 8 track tape cartridge players to provide them with music as they drove. There were even record players that could be fitted to cars in the 1960s. Then came CDs and the ability to link a smartphone or digital storage device to a car stereo. Never again will drivers have to worry about loading a CD, wrestling with chewed tape or poor reception on a radio. Unfortunately, tomorrow’s drivers will not be able to enjoy the old-school thrill of roaming through endless CDs to select the best half dozen to load into a CD multi-changer or search for the start of your favourite track on the in-car cassette player.
The rise of Sat-Nav pretty much put paid to the now quaint practice of keeping a compass, road atlas and local map book in the glovebox. Now even dedicated SatNav units are outdated as smartphones have offered seamless navigation assistance. It’s here to stay and to the next generation of drivers, it is as commonplace as a road atlas used to be to their parents.
Tomorrow’s drivers are certain to miss out on the joys of struggling with a heavy car at low speed and no power steering. Modern brakes leave old-style drums brakes in the past. Many functions on modern cars are power-assisted or completely automatic including windows, windscreen wipers, headlights, folding mirrors, boot lids, seats and a host of other equipment.
The weather, the way the car is maintained, the limits of its performance, the skill of the driver; all of these used to make for the quality of a drive. Tomorrow’s drivers may well not need to worry about any of these things because the degree of control they have may be minimal and their contribution to future self-driving vehicles practically insignificant.
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