The vehicles we drive are getting smarter thanks to modern technology. They’ve got cars that "sense" when you really need to brake (such as when there’s a semi stopped in front of you). If you don’t stomp the brake yourself, the car will do it for you.

The vehicles we drive are getting smarter thanks to modern technology. They’ve got cars that "sense" when you really need to brake (such as when there’s a semi stopped in front of you). If you don’t stomp the brake yourself, the car will do it for you.


There are cars that parallel park themselves. You just turn loose of the steering wheel, kick back and the car does it all! (Where was THAT feature when I took my driving test?)


The future holds even more high-tech vehicle innovations. I just read about scientists in Switzerland working to avoid road rage disasters. They’ve programmed a computer to recognize various facial expression points. Aided by a tiny camera, the computer, once installed in a vehicle, decides what mood the driver’s in. I see some problems brewing already.


First problem. What about folks who were born with a mad expression but aren’t mad? What about all of us with naturally weird expressions? Unless I’m laughing, my usual expression is either total confusion and aggravated (usually because I’m confused or aggravated, but that’s beside the point). That computer would have a field day with us!


The story didn’t say what the computer will do if it senses an attitude adjustment is needed. There’s problem two.


What really worries me is if the computer thinks you’re mad. Does it just shut the car down? Sure, that’s going to work going 75 miles per hour down the highway. Does it take over control of the car? How will it know where you’re headed? Does it lock the car doors and roll up the windows until it decides you’re not mad anymore? If it thinks you’re mad now, wait until you can’t open the door or roll down the window, especially if it’s 110 degrees outside and the car AC isn’t working. Talk about road rage.



Happy birthday Tuesday to Maurice Brown, Dorothy Carlissle, Ronnie McKinney Jr., Tara Rice, Doris Moore Ritchie, Carrie Sisemou, James Walker Sr., Bill Whitehead and Bryant Winkels, all of Sherman; Allison Raney Neal of Denison; Jewelia Bowman of Anna; Al Giliberti of Ector; O.B. Powers of Home; Liberty Kate Bowman of Trenton; Kay Kirk Branch of Grand Prairie; Roy Lee Thomas and Marie Wood of Savoy; Richard Harris of Bells; Thurman Dehorney Jr. of Fort Worth; and Thomas Smajstrla of Austin.


Happy anniversary Tuesday to Gene and Pat Rhyne of Pottsboro, 35 years; and Jack and Veta Sanders of Whitesboro, 62 years.