As some of you know, I own a pretty solid Mercedes. The car stops when it gets to close to something, it knows when I'm tired and plays trance music really loud, automatically adjusts depending on the weather, the windshield is built with electronics for other stuff to keep track of, and then it's also packing 400+ hp with proper racing setup to impress chicks. It's ballin'.
Yesterday after the Philadelphia Flyers owned the fuck out of Buffalo, I went back home and took a lady friend with me. We were still in the city and I had one hand on my iPhone 4 while I was stopping and going due to the traffic. She ended up getting annoyed and I had enough. Ended up speeding up when the light turned red and my car braked automatically to make sure I didn't hit the guy in front. She went nuts, I spend a good time yelling at her telling her she was more of a distraction than my iPhone was.
I say, these features will be standard in all cars before 2020 hits...as other car companies tend to follow Mercedes in 4-10 years, depending on the country. Hell, even Google presses the automotive industry to have these features. Sure everyones wants WiFi, iPod docks, and other technology but the second we program the car to protect us, people tend to go crazy. Maybe people fear that the car has control over the car, or maybe some people just don't trust it? Regardless, this will be the standard in the coming years, so get used to it.
Realistically though, if you saw someone texting while they were in the city....would you prefer if their car had the driver assist or not?