The special rear-view mirror. I've been driving a company car for several months. The first “non-Saab” in almost 10 years. German brand, premium. You don't have to say much more about it. The arguments for a new, modern car can sometimes not be dismissed out of hand. In my case, it was the intelligent lighting system that made the difference.
Because my eyes are not as powerful at night as they were 20 years ago.
And everything that relieves them and helps make driving safer is good. With the company car, digitization also conquered my last analog bastion. Well, almost at least. I still treat myself to the daily paper on paper. Be aware and stay with it as long as possible. Readers who have been following the blog for a while know that I make my money in IT. I have been experiencing digitization for decades, long before the word was invented. However, I work in the sensitive area, which is only used when nothing works and all alarm lights are on. I am experiencing the effects of its difficult side as a fire brigade and last resort. Hence my critical look at some developments.
My car is writing. SMS or mail.
And now, a digital car. It communicates with me. Write me a text message. Like when I forgot to lock it again. Happens to me again and again, so far without consequences. My Saab then stands silently in the parking lot and waits. The company car answers. Doors open or the panorama roof not closed. Can then be closed using a smartphone. But there is more communication. A few days ago at the Italian breakfast. The company car is parked in another city and has not been in motion for days. He sends me an email. Look, I tell my wife, an email from my car. The best wife of all raises her eyebrow irritated. The company car drives him to the workshop. And because he is a smart computer, he immediately writes what needs to be done, lists every part and the final price. Then he becomes demanding. Hey man, 30 days. The clock is running.
1 day later. The company car and I are traveling together again. Now he wants to make a phone call. Call the authorized workshop immediately. He conjures up the extension from the cloud. Or data clouds, as German politicians call their digital territory. Make an appointment. After all, he's so polite to ask me before dialing the supervisor's extension. I like? I have no desire and forbid him. Now he is offended and is silent. But it only lasts for 2 days.
That is the present, and my communicative vehicle is still reserved. Other brands are beeping, noisy, demanding. They scan the driver and ask him to keep his eyes on the road. Or tell every crap that I don't want to know.
Saab vs. digitalization
The silence. Radio off, smartphone off. And rest is in the Saab. What do old, analogue cars have to counter the digital wave? None of my Saabs write an email or SMS. Not until now. And if so, he would fax it or teleprinter try. Both antique and unknown to the younger generations. Ashamed, he points out on the display when he thinks an inspection is appropriate. What parts he needs, how much money it could cost - he has no idea. I also don't. Every service in a workshop remains a surprise, the mechanic screwing on the car a respectful person. The clarifying bill follows at the end.
Modern cars optimize us. You are trying. The AI reads to me where the traffic becomes viscous, it senses my routes, it minimizes my travel times. She recognizes problems before I suspect them. That's good - objectively speaking. But it is also boring. Because it robs us of something that makes life. The adventure, the unpredictable.
The interplay between man and machine, the sensitive awareness of the situation, remains by the wayside. We will lose these skills. Readers remember my tour with the Saab 9-3 Aero. A broken car heroically dragging itself home over Kiel, Hamburg, Hanover. In the end, yes remains lying and needs the towing service. Since then I have always been talking about and amusing with my friends in my old cars. Old cars, the analogue, they have something to report. You live and experience something with them, even if you could do without some experiences. The fact that they are not perfect increases the perceived lifetime.
Future generations will have an optimized mobility experience. As a highlight, digitization may give them the next software update. Great, one more feature if it goes well. A bug and a system crash if not. No sparkling prospects!
The year 2019 ends, and a new decade begins in the 20s. Electrically and with the force of digitization of mobility.
I wish the readers a good start. Stay relaxed. And analogously. Just keep driving Saab!