Long article for the weekend.
In December I took delivery on my all-time favorite new car and I’ve been driving my Genesis GV80 for four months now. You probably saw video of the GV80 that Tiger Woods’ destroyed and there wasn’t a thing the car could have done to prevent him from crashing it because he had probably disabled the driver assist features and he may have been “disabled” when he got behind the wheel.
Last week, a crazy driver pulled out right in front of me and despite the fact that I anticipated his stupidity and would have been able to stop before smashing into this moron, my car wasn’t as certain as I was. My Genesis took matters into its own hands and went into all out protection mode – making sure nothing happened to it or me.
As advertised, it took over the braking and steering to protect itself, sounded all the alarms to alert me to its strategy and then did two things that really surprised me. All at once, the seat enveloped me in a cocoon and the seat belt tightened around my shoulders so that there was no chance that I was leaving that seat. Going through the windshield? Not a chance unless the whole seat was coming with me!
That was cool.
And it got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be cool if salespeople had a sales version of an early warning system/driver assist like my car has?