I guess I’m just an old-fashioned old crone, but commercials like GMC’s latest evoke all kinds of negative responses from me. Please don’t brag about and show off “hands-free” driving capabilities! (That’s GMC and other manufacturers who do the same thing.) Don’t show a guy driving down the highway in a monster pickup taking his hands off the wheel to clap to “We Will Rock You.” And don’t make it worse with shots of that pickup hauling a big Airstream. Or passing another truck. Or doing it with the wife and kids on board. Or crossing a long, narrow bridge.
I’m only just accepting that decent, desirable cars out there can be all-electric, even though I still think their limited range and limited number of charging stations make them problematic. But the idea that there are people driving no-hands at highway speeds makes me cringe. It flat out scares me. I don’t want to do that or be on the road with people who do. And the idea that ads now promote such capability/behavior strikes me as extremely premature and dangerous. Don’t encourage people to do this!
That’s it. That’s all. I’ve been slow to accept a lot of new technology (online banking and bill paying are examples), but I’m guessing I won’t live long enough to be comfortable with hands-free driving.