Tech and the older driver
Some day not too far down the road, 80-yearolds won’t have to worry about renewing their licence every two years. Instead, they’ll simply get into a self-driving vehicle, punch in their destination and let the car do the rest. Manufacturers like Volvo, Tesla, Fiat-Chrysler and BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen are working on concepts for driverless vehicles. And tech giants like Intel, Google and Apple are vying to be the first to perfect self-driving technology. Then there’s Uber, which, this past August, tested two driverless cars on the streets of Toronto. Despite the rapid progress, it will be at least a decade before we iron out software flaws plus more time to implement legislation and insurance regulations. Until then, new cars offer multiple safety features that make the chore of driving that much easier. These include parallel parking assistance, collision warning systems, drowsiness alerts, back-up cameras, blind-spot sensors and adaptive headlights for night driving.