I think the only "driver assist" thing they are required by law to put in new vehicles is the Traction Control Systems. Vehicle stability. The idea as I understand it is to prevent people from losing control in less than ideal traction situations. They have been in for quite a while, and are easily turned off if/when you want to. All the rest is, I believe, people asking for it, or the companies actually thinking they can make you safer.If they put all those electronic gadgets on cars because customers want them they would make other cars without them for people who don't, or they would give you the option of deleting or bypassing them easily. No, they give us electronic junk because they want to own us, control us and make vehicles impossible to repair when they are paid off.
I was thinking of buying a new truck a couple years ago....I looked into it and decided to fix mine up and paint it and keep it a few more years instead. Spend the extra money on guns and ammo.
It's not only the complexity of the electronics, but the emissions equipment, the water based paint and the stupid low profile tires. I hear they are putting devices in vehicles to spy on their owners. Screw them.
I'm in my late 50's, and I like most of the new features. To play with (and distract me.... which is what they usually do). I like the blind spot monitoring, but I still use my side mirrors and check over my shoulders before changing lanes. The backup camera, while not really a must-have, certainly makes getting a long-wheel-base truck easier to get in a parking space. I WISH our had the god's-eye view of the space around the truck, but that wasn't on any of the options we ordered, and we didn't order it specifically.I have been driving (legally) 70 years. How did I manage to survive without turn signal (used hand and arm signals), backed up without hitting or running over anything or body (situational awareness), looked where I was going so I didn't need anything to remind me to stay in my lane. My cruise control was how far down on the right pedal I pushed and held it. Learned to adjust the outside mirror if the car actually had one (none on the passenger side). Headlights were controlled by a button on the floor. Push down and they went to bright, push again and back to dim. When it was dark you turned them on. When it was sunny you turned them off. I didn't need all the bells and whistles then and don't need them now. I prefer to drive the car, not have the car drive for me.
IMO, all these bells and whistles are like a manual safety on a firearm. They enhance the safety, in theory. But you're never supposed to rely on them, because they can fail at the most inopportune moment.
Well, I've taught mine to both read a time-piece (analog) and am teaching her to drive a manual transmission (Jeep Wrangler). She keeps her Apple Watch set to an analog face, and loves the Wrangler. Wants it to be her daily driver when she gets her license.FoxMike... I guess we just have to realize that the young'uns are going to rule the world.....
even though they can't read an analog timepiece....
We are doomed.........
I'm sure there are others of us out there who are doing the same... althought I'm sure it is less and less every year.