What would you do if your car could drive all by itself? Apply your makeup on the way to work? Eat breakfast? Have sex? That last one is something experts are worried about after the recent release of self-driving cars like the Tesla. YouTube is filled with videos of people doing silly things behind the wheels when they no longer have to be in control. Considering how involved we are when we’re getting down, they are rightfully worried car sex could escalate to dangerous extremes.
Barrie Kirk, co-founder of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Center Of Excellence, is one of these concerned experts. “I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars,” he told the Toronto Sun. “That’s one of several things people will do which will inhibit their ability to respond quickly when the computer says to the human, ‘Take over.'”
Barrie is worried because, despite the name, these self-driving cars aren’t as independent as we’d like to think. “Drivers tend to overestimate the performance of automation and will naturally turn their focus away from the road when they turn on their auto-pilot,” said a note from an email exchange about governing these cars, obtained by the Sun. Added an unnamed official told the Sun, “It really needs to be emphasized that these vehicles are not truly self-driving.” Instead, self-driving cars are reportedly good on auto-pilot but the driver still need to intervene. That’s not so easy if you’re distracted by, uh, other things.
Officials believe that we’re still a few years away from cars that are truly self-driving. So until we can be sure that the roads are safe and a driver’s attention is never needed, maybe just keep it in your pants until you get home.