Remember the good old days when you bought a new car and you could just jump in it and drive? You didn’t have to spend hours reading the owner’s manual before you could drive it home from the showroom and you didn’t need a degree in computer science to set the dashboard clock.
Sadly those days are all but gone and here is a true story of one man – a technology analyst – who has spent 18 hours programming his new Infiniti G35 … and he still hasn’t finished.
It might look simple but …
It seems that some car makers are realising that we’re all going to have problems as their products become more and more high-tech. Some believe that the solution involves voice recognition but frankly that scares me even more than 18 hours of programming.
You see I have a very minor speech impediment – it’s so minor that you wouldn’t notice it but anything that requires voice recognition seems to have great trouble recognising what I say. Our local electricity provider has this you-beaut voice recognition system that answers their phones and no matter what I say it can never understand me.
I’m not looking forward to the day when my car tells me that it can’t understand me either.