Eric Peters points out that most modern vehicles have become nannies - and we can't switch them off.
One of the reasons for liking old cars is they don’t try to parent you. The new stuff won’t quit trying to.
The 2018 VW Golf GTI I am reviewing this week, for instance. When you put the transmission in Reverse, the radio’s volume’s is peremptorily turned down – apparently because someone decided it wasn’t saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafe to back up while listening to the radio.
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Speaking of door locks . . . .
They are just as peremptory. Some can be programmed not to be – but the default is uber peremptory. As soon as you get in and close the door, it locks. All locks. Some cars are incredibly aggressive about allowing access to the car, denying the owner access to the trunk or rear cargo area unless he very deliberately unlocks the locks, which the car slammed shut without him having asked it to.
Again, for saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety.
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It’s one thing – an acceptable thing – for a car company to include a feature it thinks may be helpful. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s another thing when the feature isn’t wanted – and you can’t countermand the “help.”
This is, however, the new Nudge way of doing things. The mother-in-law you can’t make shut up or kick to the curb.
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Old cars – those made prior to early 2000s – are largely free of all this stuff. Those made prior to the ’90s are completely free of this stuff. Driving one of those cars is an almost startling experience, if you only have experience with newer cars. You are in charge – of everything. The car simply does as it’s told.
There's more at the link.
I can't help but agree with him. When I started driving, way back when, many cars still had lap belts only - no shoulder seatbelts. There were no warning gongs, bings, bangs or booms at all, unless your engine happened to blow up (which was definitely an attention-getter!) I suppose busybody regulators and lawsuits by the "Someone's gotta pay!" crowd are to blame for the change. Miss D.'s and my present vehicles, dating from 2006 and 2005 respectively, are annoying in their noisy insistence that we buckle up RIGHT NOW when we turn the key. However, they're mild in comparison to some modern contraptions, which I'm informed won't let you start up at all unless you first buckle up. I haven't come across such a vehicle myself, and I hope I never do! You can rest assured I won't be buying one.
Perhaps it's time to consider keeping my 13-year-old truck running at almost any cost, just to be free of all the "nannyisms" inflicted on their drivers by later-generation cars . . .