Lexus has decided that it's a good idea to take a 380-horsepower LS 460L, a car that goes 0-60 in 5.4 seconds, and add a feature to it that allows it to parallel park itself with minimal driver interaction. You just regulate the speed, hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the mirror. You barely have to pay attention.
Now I'm not against technology, I watch a very large and expensive TV. A lot. I am typing on a computer at this very minute. I listen to radio waves that come from outer space. But some technology is, to use a technical term, stupid. Comfort and convenience are fine, but I think it's a bad idea to take away those simple little skill tests that come up from time to time while driving a car in the real world. What's the ultimate goal here, to idiot-proof cars? How frightening is that?! It seems from my observations that it's already too easy to get and keep a driver's license. I see people almost daily, driving while reading the newspaper or, and this never ceases to amaze me, eating cereal from a bowl with a spoon. Do we really want to make someone like that feel like his car really IS paying attention?
If I've heard of a worse idea than this, I can't remember when.