Hooniverse Asks: What Part of Driving Will You Miss the Most When It's Automated?

Last Monday we asked you what part of driving you would MOST like to see automated. Today we’re pulling a one-eighty and asking what aspect of driving you will miss most in our automated future. Heck, do you think self-driving cars will be able to do one-eighties? How cool would that be?
Honestly, I will rue the day when some car can do something better than I can. Right now I feel confident that I can do a better job of choosing the right gear for the situation than an automatic. And as far as one touch power windows go – sometimes I only wanted half-way down.  The future can only bring more of that.
What about you, what’s going to be your greatest loss when it comes to automated cars?
Image: The Atlantic


  1. Occasional at-the-limit driving in little, pleasing bursts.
    Barreling down an on-ramp with the long pedal buried in the carpet, such that you have to slow down to merge into traffic. Tearing ass around a cloverleaf on the edge of over/understeer (or, if you’re lucky enough to drive a neutral car, a full-on 4-wheel drift). Braking hard enough while cornering for the inside rear wheel to chatter or, if you’ve got an ABS-free oldie, just plain skid. Punching it around a sharp, low speed turn and kicking the tail out a bit.
    That sort of thing.

  2. Intersections like this one.
    It’s a sharp right hander that drops over 50 feet in less than 1/4 mile from Old Clinton to Stanton Station two 35 mph roads (which exceeds the limit of the corner.)
    An autonomous car will drive it like the Camry and Accord crowd, 10-15 mph. In something worthwhile (my HS buddy’s M3 Sedan for example), I can run that corner at 30, never break the speed limit and have a heckuva time doing it.

  3. All of it. I love everything there is about driving. It’s one constant in my life where I am in control. I turn the wheel. I push the pedals. I decide if I’m going to veer into oncoming traffic.

  4. At 63 my years of driving are numbered so I’m actually looking forward to automated cars. Until then I have my Elan and it will never be automated.

      1. It’s unlikely that they’ll be mandated out, but insurance for DIY driving could make it cost prohibitive.

    1. This! I plan on not driving anymore once I hit the age of 70 (still several decades away), so autonomous cars better be able to take me everywhere by then.

  5. Future?, certain areas roads require autonomous controls: then many many hoons will switch over to motorbikes, more and more motorbikes. Motorbikes everywhere ! problem solved.

  6. Knowing I live in a winter climate and knowing that traction control is still largely baffled by deep snow, not getting stuck.

    1. My 15 200 had a fit Saturday night because I put it in neutral to go down a steep ice covered driveway. ABS, TC, Transmission ebrake and check engine light all at once and it would only let me have 3rd gear.Had to stop and shut the thing down. Then it was alright except for CEL.

    1. I was going to say the inability to tell anyone else in the car that I couldn’t talk because I needed to pay attention to the road but, yeah, you pretty much said the same thing in fewer words.

  7. Involvement. I’m easily bored, and I spend half my life in front of a computer already, so adding another 30+ minutes of monotony to my day in place of an activity that not only keeps my attention, but which I enjoy, is a definitely a step backward in quality of life.

    1. I am embarrassed since I had to help install a clutch/slave on a 1988 spyder ( in 1991 ). first time it was removed and it looked mickey mouse to me – after dealing with Borg Warner/Muncie/etc. This is what started my hateness for Italian made components. still, Nice ride Lokki. How long will that slave cyl hold out shifting like that ? If these are like the rest of the cars out there – the replacement clutch parts are better engineered. !?
      Don’t get me wrong now – my 67 Commando is a death trap in the corners with small bumps, but dammit it looks cool.

      1. Nice!
        “my 67 Commando is a death trap in the corners with small bumps”
        In that case, based on my experience, avoid the 110 freeway (Arroyo Seco) coming into Pasadena. There’s a large bump in the left-hand sweeper (at freeway speeds) which is the only thing so far to have upset the rear suspension on my Corvair. Not to the point of losing control, but enough to have some noticeable side-to-side swaying as the tuck-under of the swing arms sorted itself out.

        1. Yessir indeed, next spring I will get a photo of the jeepster above pullin’ a wagon of 244 bales. Soon

  8. All of it.
    Seriously, I love nearly every minute I spend behind the wheel. Rush hour, snow storm, driving rain, sunny and 85, I love it all. Yeah, some moments are better than others, but I really don’t want to give up any of it. The day I can no longer drive will be a very sad day indeed.

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