Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Are Learner Drivers Getting It Easy With New Technology?

In recent months car manufacturers around the World have been introducing new technological wizardry to their cars.

The likes of Ford with this Traffic Jam Assist that takes control in a traffic jam - aimed at improving speed and reducing fuel consumption.

Then you have the likes of Active Park Assist, designed to perform a perfect parallel park - letting the car's computer do all the hard work for you.

So with this type of self-drive technology and Ford's boast that they will have full functional self-driving cars by 2017 does this mean an end to driving lessons as we know them?

In theory this type of technology could make many aspects of learning to drive relatively void... relatively. The learner will no doubt still need to understand how self-driving aspects of the car works so they can switch them on where necessary.

But it also raises another question... if cars are going to become fully self-driving will there be a need for driving lessons at all?

From a personal perspective I would have to say yes... even a computer is prone to bugs, glitches and breaking-down. This is probably where the human aspect comes into play - you would expect a driver to have the ability to take control of the vehicle in certain circumstances.

Whilst learning to drive may change by 2017 it is unlikely that you would be able to buy a vehicle without a valid driving licence and elements such as young driver insurance, road tax, vehicle maintenance and regular MOTs would still be necessary. All of these elements require human interaction... to get a driving licence you still need to display that you can drive well and effectively and you would hope that the DVLA wouldn’t want to let standards slip.

So if you are learning to drive or looking for learner driver insurance – don’t jump the gun. Just because technology is making driving easier it does not mean you should start taking it for granted once you pass.