Stick Shift(Jeremy Clarkson article "'Why,' I wailed inwardly, 'would anyone ever buy a car with a manual gearbox these days?' It's like saying, 'I don't need a television with a remote control. I'm perfectly capable of walking over to it and changing the channel myself.'" He went as far to say that those who favour a manual transmission, "are the sort who choose not to have a washing machine because they prefer to clean their clothes in the local river."
Of course Jeremy Clarkson prefer automatics. It's hard to manually shift gears AND punch your assistant producer in the face at the same time!
I'm getting the impression that there aren't a lot of people in this thread that regularly experience stop and go traffic as part of a commute/normal traffic snarls in their area. I loved my manual car when i lived in the relative boonies and stop and go traffic was only the result of major accidents, and lasted a very short distance. once i moved to a congested city and was seeing it semi often while commuting, i dumped that thing right quick. its awful in traffic with a manual.
Anyway I get it...the control? Like if you removed the actuators from all your windows, tied strings routed through a pulley system to your wiper blades, put a hand crank on each wheel, that sort of thing? Wouldn't it just be easier to go Jules and walk the earth? Yea I'll stick with automatic everything thanks.
I need free hands to gesture at my fellow motorists.
Best reason I've seen.
I've come to accept the fact that I'm at best an average driver, and that I'm not going to get better (and am eventually going to start to get worse). Therefore, anything the car can do to let me concentrate on the key task of Not Hitting Things is a plus.
I think this is also the best reason to get a self-driving car.
When we all have self-driving cars, your fellow motorists won't be a pain in the ass anymore.
The thing is, with a self-drive car you don't want others to see what you're doing inside (and you'll be too busy doing other things to worry about other drivers .....)
Self-Drive Cars (SDCs)1. What to expect
2. Will they be accepted?
3. Will they be abused?
4. When will it happen?
5. But some people love driving
6. But they will be nudged aside
7. I want my own car
8. Sometimes you need a human driver
10. What about hackers?
11. I don't want to be tracked everywhere
12. Implications for the future
13. What will you have?
14. I Feel Lucky