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Should Your Car Decide If You Can Drive?

Do you think that your car or truck (or motorcycle!) should be required by law to have a "kill switch" that would allow the car to decide to turn off your car's engine while driving?

Philip K. Dick as always has anticipated our nightmares. In his 1963 novel The Game Players of Titan, the car gets into an argument with the driver - and wins:

It had been a bad night, and when he tried to drive home he had a terrible argument with his car.

"Mr. Garden, you are in no condition to drive. Please use the auto-auto mech and recline in the rear seat."

Pete Garden sat at the steering tiller and said as distinctly has he could manage, "Look, I can drive... Start, darn it!"

The auto-auto said "You have not inserted the key."

"Okay," he said, feeling humiliated. Maybe the car was right...
(Read more about Dick's alcohol-sensing system)

I feel like I've been covering this for at least fifteen years now:

  - Robot Teddy Bear Chats With Drunk Drivers
  - Toyota Ignition Breathalyzer Lock
  - Ignition Interlock Required For NY Drunk Drivers
  - Driver Alcohol Detection Systems for Safety By QinetiQ (And PKD)
  - Ford Smart Car Stops Your Texting
  - Active Wellness Smart Car Seat
  - Ignition Interlock Devices Stopped 1.7 Million Drunken Tries
  - Drunk Driver Of Tesla Claims Autopilot Was In Charge
  - Your Car Will Be Watching You!
  - Alcohol-Sensing Cars - NTSB Catches Up With Philip K. Dick (1963)

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