Back in the day of "mechanical cars" (if you were around during those days) they were a freedom machine, the social media platform, and the driver was 110% responsible for action of the car.
There was a genuine sense of independence and obvious no one was watching you. Especially "Big Brother".
With the advent of computers, they early versions that simply controlled the engine, and the interaction between the engine and transmission. At the time this was innocent, and did not infringe on the freedom aspect of the car.
As we inexorably progress towards the self driving car. You can quickly imagine the myriad of "black boxes" capturing data and transmitting data. Especially on your behavior in the car (vehicle).
Agreed...your smart device is doing similar actions, but you can turn it off.
At some point if you get in an awkward or precarious situation with a car, "Big Brother" can instantly download your precise actions...need we say much more.
If you are travelling from A to B, again "Big Brother" can follow you, how fast you are going, what location and time.
If you absolutely need to be connected:
Its probably a good thing, since you want "Big Brother" to look over you, on top of looking over you with your smart device.
If you prefer to be disconnected:
You will certainly not appreciate knowing that several "black boxes" are constantly acquiring data as to what you are doing in the car. Not that you are doing anything untoward, unlawful; simply the idea that "Big Brother" is watching you.
If you have been reading Strada for a while you surely know where we stand, yes....DISCONNECTED. You can let you imagination roam for a moment and conjure a multitude of ramifications.
We agree the Sunday morning motorcycle ride is priceless.
Here is the deal:
Perhaps some day we will see an ad for a car commanding a premium price that goes:
Offered 20XX Widget disconnected and free, no navigation, no satellite radio, no integrated emergency calling, no LTE, no Wifi, no lane departure, no adaptive cruise control...and more. A car that you actually have to drive to enjoy your freedom.
What do you think?