Driving school

A look at the technical and psychological evolution of driving

“I bet many analysts have discussed this topic over and over, but a few research papers later I realized how much there was yet to be discovered by the average Joe. I started my research with technical understanding regulations, practices and limits; and completed the study with the psychological and behavioral effects of driving on a human being.

I enjoyed the latter more, and that’s why I’ve taken my technical articles realizing the archaic concepts, but I want to approach this more from a young novel perspective, having driven in all the styles I’m on the point of mentioning and how I love each of them in their unique flavor.

Types of drivers

  • Dad’s Car (Offensive (Reckless) Driving)
  • The Grandmother (defensive driving)
  • The Doctor (Professional Conduct / Turning this ABS).
  • Tesla FSD (Assisted Driving) drivers
  • I do not drive ! (autonomous driving)

dad’s car

Beginner riding is a wild and wonderful world. Credit: Unplash

Insurance is high for young drivers for a reason, and that’s because statistically, in the early years of car ownership, a person would explore the limits of what’s possible and sometimes show off to friends, I look at these college kids who drive but still don’t own their car, so they’re less concerned about damage to it.


Burn donuts, race through a red light, show it off at those car encounters. It’s all fun and games until the cops catch you or you have your first accident and that’s how you go to the next level (someone could make a game out of this article it would get hilarious !).


There is no more incredible thrill for a human to have control over a higher animal, or in this case, a machine capable of enhancing their mobility, musical experience, and sex appeal. From pretending you “are” the car to be in a Gundam battlesuit. the one thing I will miss in riding once autonomy becomes the norm is the ability to control a superior machine and pull shenanigans with it. I consider it the greatest entertainment humans have had in the last 200 years.


Once you’ve had your first accident or paid a few tickets, you realize the consequences of breaking the law. there will be rage and there will be rebellion, but as your life fills with work and daily activities, driving becomes second nature akin to walking.


Defensive driving is the first thing you learn in driving school. It teaches you how to predict other drivers’ faults and master predictable safety, like using signals and slowing for the yellow light instead of zooming for the red light. It takes two idiots in cars to cause an accident, as long as one person is careful the chances of an accident are surprisingly close to zero.


It’s called the “grandmother” who drives for a reason. Older people enjoy this style of relaxation more than young hot-heads looking for an adrenaline rush in a two-ton death machine, there’s a certain Lo-Fi vibe to the defensive driving, and that n It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

Those who enjoy driving would usually choose driving jobs because it pays so well.


Some people really like to get closer to their car through personalization and the idea of ​​the vehicle as part of their identity. Credit: @santi4dmg

Have you played Gran Turismo or been on the race track tackling tricky corners without ABS or safety systems?


Maximize torque, disable safety, become one with the machine. It’s no longer a question of speed or competition. It’s about becoming one with the car.

Tech riders, from hypermiling to pro racing, are few in number as they take care of maintaining and fine-tuning the vehicle, and some even build them.


No sane person would spend the time and effort to hone the skills of professional driving and an understanding of automotive engineering except one who values ​​the car differently than those who “use” the vehicle for transportation or sex appeal. . A particular group of individuals have adopted the vehicle as a philosophy or a religion, and on some occasions go so far as to consider them as children.

Tesla FSD Drivers

Tesla FSD Beta Test
Visualization Tesla FSD beta 10.9. Credit: Tesla

As a tester of the new semi-autonomous Full-Self-Driving fleet, I adapted quite well to the R2D2 companion to whom I pass control of the round trips.


Each technology has a hybrid state between old and new, and these are my favorites because I feel I can contribute to the next step.

Early adopters of the technology are constantly installing “beta” state operating systems on their computers and smartphones; they always test experimental browsers before they go mainstream.

Some would even risk their lives for the future of technological progress and volunteer for a Nuralink implant, nanotech treatments, or self-driving Tesla.


If you’re a fan of high-speed driving, consider driving with a robot a different kind of high, the one a SciFi-minded dreamer would get, a new breeze of hope that humanity is heading towards the type of progress Issac Asimov and the Strugatski brothers envisioned. I have to admit, it’s the most expensive hobby, and I live for it!

I do not drive !

a look at self-driving
Discover the Origin cruise. No steering wheel, mirrors, pedals. Credit: Cruise

Separated between a version where you can support automation and automation where you have no control. The driver/passenger often pleads, “I’m not driving!” facing an accident caused by the machine. The driver is always the operator in these scenarios and bears full responsibility. If you cannot drive an autonomous vehicle, please do not drive one.


Many believe the benefits outweigh the risks, as the machines can be extraordinarily predictable and precise. One might wonder if driving is one of those skills that we should never have passed on to humans given the now possible alternative.

It would be like an elevator. They used to have elevator operators, then we developed some simple circuits to have the elevators automatically arrive at the floor you’re on… the car is going to be like that. – Elon Musk. Credit: The Verge


Humans have achieved the best driving performance they can, from the most developed cities such as Tokyo, Los Angeles and Manhattan, the crisis of driving and road rage is not going away unless you are a German: the Germans would commit Hara-Kiri if they miss a stop sign; these are a small group of drivers that I exclude.

The only way forward is for all drivers to magically respect the speed limit, stop viewing journey time as a variable number, and seize on the mindless honking or road rage.

Elon optimistically predicts it will be there by the end of 2022. I think it’s going to be a long time before the role of the driver is eliminated (SAE level 5), but full range where most journeys won’t require no driver action is just a few months away (SAE Level 4). but that won’t be common given the prohibitive cost and man’s selfish obsession with giving up control of deadly mechs to perform superhuman tasks.

This article by Negai was originally published on Medium on March 28, 2022 and is republished here with the author’s permission. You can read the original article here.