Cars! I love them, I always have and I have an idea that I always will. Not all of them, a car needs a certain something for me to like it, but in general...
And bikes! Something I don't do as often as I should- as I found out last weekend when I went for a ride. I've been off of the bike too long and was tippy toeing too much in the beginning. Especially at traffic lights and in quick corners.
And it's not the safest thing to tippy toe on a 120bhp, 165kg super sport bike. It needs riding with confidence, something I could do 12 months ago, but a winter off of the bike has not done me any favours. The clutch is an evil little thing that thinks it's digital rather than analogue and you forget just how well it goes around corners. Time to ride every week where it's dry I think to get my level back to where it was! (And don't worry - I am being careful! In fact, if I wasn't thinking that my riding at the moment needed brushing up I would be more scared!)
But, back to the cars. I have a couple of toys, the Spitfire that is in the garage being restored (the rear suspension is now rebuilt and the body tub is ready to go back on! Woot!) and my Volvo. Both of them are tuned a little and both really are essentially toys.
When I was younger I used to love going for a drive just for something to do. Miles and miles I drove through the Leicestershire counrtyside. It was cheaper than some other forms of entertainment and I loved it. Of course these days with the cost of fuel sky rocketing I doubt I could do it now, but it was great at the time.
So why am I telling you that I am a petrol head?
Because... I want a Google car!
Actually, it doesn't have to be a Google car, it just has to be self driving. It would be great not to have to do the commute. And would be great to drive to see my parents without sitting behind the wheel for 20 hours (I split that up into two days obviously).
I would also like to think that we could make our roads safer. Just looking around today on the way home I noticed so many people waving due to being on phones, or simply not paying attention. Even the driver of the car in front and the car behind was not as concentrated as she could have been, what with it being the start of the weekend and having and having a hard week behind her.
No, I do not consider myself above admitting I am a less than perfect driver, and I am afraid of anyone who who is - they are the really dangerous ones in my opinion!
And yet when I saw an article recently about the Google car in a tech site the vehemence against it was just amazing. It was like listening to the car version of the NRA! I think someone actually used the phrase 'you can have my steering wheel when you take it from my cold dead fingers'. Interesting phrase when you consider how dangerous driving is...
I will admit I want a choice of driverless or driver mode (a driverless Spitfire would be much less fun!). And I think that driver mode should be limited to certain roads.
Of course, all of this is a way off yet. But when you look at the stats for Google cars in Nevada we are making great progress. Let's see how long it takes!
(Incidentally, do the same people yelling about computer controlled cars being too dangerous as there is no human involved still get on modern passenger jets? ;p)