First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Click here for the Horny Leprechaun (I’ve been watching this since college!).
I read a blog post this morning by my friend Danielle about the way that people have been driving lately, and I have to say that I agree with her. People are morons on the road these days. And it seems that the better the weather gets (62 and sunny today!), the worse that people drive. Maybe it’s all the frustration breaking loose from days of driving on inches of ice and avoiding potholes (those still need to be fixed, Brunswick, Ohio), or maybe the sun gets under their skin and they just can’t help themselves. Or maybe it’s putting the window down–because I know that does strange things to me.
But ever since I was 16, I started thinking about an inter-car communication system. This idea is patented. If you try to steal it, I will sue you. It’s kind of like this: You have a screen on your dashboard that detects all the immediate cars around you (kind of like a CB radio, but much more advanced). If someone starts merging into your lane, you can touch that car on the screen and your voice would come through their speakers, and you could politely say, “Hey, please watch out. I’m over here.”
Or what if they have a taillight out, and you’d like to let them know? Or maybe you want to know what year their car is, or where they got it. I don’t know how many times I see a car with a sticker on it advertising that they went to my college and I want to say, “Hey! I did, too!” We could use it to warn people of dangers up ahead, or say, “Hey, this lane’s icy!” And can you imagine how polite merging could be? Or what about a, “You in the Neon, quit texting!”
Or have you ever been driving along and you keep passing someone and you know they’re doing it on purpose? Or if you’re “car flirting” and you want to be like, “You’re cute, just thought you should know,” or “Hey! Where ya headed? Maybe we can meet up?” I am well-aware that flirting with strangers is not a good idea.
I can see how this device could be used for evil, though: Harassment, accidents, heck, even cops listening over the waves and fining you when warn others that they’re ahead. All I’m saying is that it could help, and it could make traffic jams a heckuva lot more fun.