No sentence in 45 years of reading Wheels has disappointed me more. “A car is a utilitarian device, not this fun pleasure thing they’re advertised as.” Really? Says who? John Voyage, Road Safety Camera Commissioner, apparently. John, a car is what it means to the owner. It’s their money, after all.
Just for the record, a car is at once a technological marvel, an engineering achievement, a piece of art and a product of an industry that has delivered more innovation, research, productivity gains and economic contribution than most. In evaluating safety, the automotive industry has contributed continual improvement in every way: better brakes, passive safety, the development of a host of electronic driver aids which will one day lead to a real autonomous capability, to name a few.