As Apple launches its iWatch, motoring organisations are voicing their concerns that drivers will take their eyes off the road to read or control their wrist-worn devices. As with Google Glass, we shall see how the law treats these technologies when the first few accidents come to Court.
One of my current students has got me green with envy ! I always fancied a Fiat 500 for teaching, although they are rather confined in the back. So it'll be a delight to ride in one again as she's picking it up on Saturday and we'll continue our learning using that. (As you draw nearer to test, we can of course "go for a real drive" to look some possible cars, if you want my help sourcing and/or negotiating).
The article with the Darth Vader pic, on p20; that's me. To quote the blurb: "Another new series of articles track the trials and tribulations of a new member of the driving instructor fraternity. Following on from our series last year looking at the challenges and honest impressions of a learner driver, here we look at the trainee driving instructor, why this industry, what he expects, and what is actually delivered on the road to becoming an ADI." I hope it can help others considering this career.
And here's an alternative: downloading your insurance company's free app to do the job of the black box for you. Big Brother ? Undoubtedly. But it will save you money. Amusing how, in a little over fifty years, George Orwell's dystopia has started to be realised not through harsh communism but it's diametric opposite, free enterprise (!)
Well ... since you're polite enough to ask; yes ! The teaching car is in the last stages of being stripped naked and redressed in this Season's new scheme: as an independent ADI. I'm very pleased. Before it left the signwriter's shop an African fellow had walked in and enquired why a car with "driving school" in French was parked outside. We chatted a little, then I heard him calling a friend, quoting my number ... in French. So "The Car's The Advert" is true