Autonomous driving or better driver education?Autonomous driving or better driver education?

Left Lane Psychosis is back!

Left Lane Psychosis is back!It’s been a long time coming and autonomous driving vehicles are on their way. While many will rejoice, removing the constant fear of those spatially challenged on the road, or those unwilling to concentrate and stop texting, purist will lament the further automation of cars. When will we get rid of this left lane psychosis?

Better driver education or autonomous cars?

When I first heard about autonomous driving cars years ago, my reaction was one of dismay. Do we need to remove the responsibility of concentration from drivers? Why not educate them to understand the responsibility of driving a multi-ton vehicle and pay attention to potential dangers. The latter would mean a concerted effort and years of education, while the former is within our reach through technology. The answer is simple, autonomous driving is the easiest path of non-resistance.

Self driving cars are not a bad thing after all. Considering the staggering amount of people texting while driving, putting on makeup, eating and other thought absorbing tasks, is enough to make any motorcycle lover shy away from commuting on our roads. In the Los Angeles area alone, our favorite hated highway, I-405, is the perfect example of left lane psychosis where drivers display an incredible amount of dangerous driving habits. They quickly get in the left lane and drive slowly, thus causing further traffic congestions. They then swirve to other lanes without blinkers, hoping to pass a car or two. They swerve within lanes where motorcycles have to triple guess the clueless driver’s next steps and avoid a collision.

So what about better driver education? Better driver education would certainly mean a new generation of drivers tuned into traffic pattern and potential dangers. They would be aware of motorcycles coming and would not text while driving. Texting while driving is worse than drunk driving and a deadly danger for motorcycles.

Have cash? Here’s your drivers license

The problem with our driver’s license system is that anyone with a breath and money gets a drivers license. A motorcycle license is somewhat stricter, but how many really go through the safety courses that really teaches you how to ride? I have to redo my license and will investigate how those safety motorcycle driver license systems work. Why anyone wouldn’t want to take such a course is beyond rationality.

So the question remains. Do we need autonomous cars or do we need better driver education?

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Born and raised around classic cars, it wasn't until Nicolas drove an AC Proulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Eager to spread the news about those amazing full torque electric vehicles, he started writing about this amazing technology and its social impacts in 2007. Today, Nicolas covers renewable energy, test drives cars, does podcasts and films. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he made in those industries. His articles are also published on Teslrati, CleanTechnica, the Beverly Hills Car Club and Medium. "There are more solutions than obstacles." Nicolas Zart

6 thoughts on “Do we need autonomous driving or better driver education?”

  1. You’re right. It seems the DMV is more interested in the money it gets and license renewal than actually insisting on people driving correctly. I’m sure all of this will be moot points in two to three decades when no one will drive anything.

    1. It’s about control. You apply for permission to drive and they require you to fill out a lot of paperwork and get registered in the system so you’re more easily tracked when they stop you for a ticket. Note that most traffic infractions are CIVIL not criminal, thus the easier you are to find, the easier it is for them to collect the tax..er..payment.

  2. It’s the logic of relevance. What do you do when you are a middle man and you live off of your subject’s hard work? You make yourself as valuable as can be perceived. I’m not saying the DMV and governments are not relevant, but they should start working for us more instead of squeezing every dime and nickel out of us during this crisis. Of course, this has nothing to do with driver’s licenses.

  3. Nicolas,

    It’s a good thought on vehicles driving. I think the better driver education has to be their because sometimes people are not aware about some driving rules and other things and also it will decrease the rate of accident.

    1. Thanks Russel, it would be a good idea to have people retake their driver license every five to ten years. It would help with this and states would find another revenue stream. Not that I agree with the latter part.

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