Because every accident and every injury is one too many, everyone has to work together to ensure the greatest possible safety on the road.

A lot would be gained if the people behind the steering wheel stopped phoning with their cell phones to their ears or in front of their noses or, even more distractingly, texting Whatsapps.

If he's driving a meandering line or 50 mph in the middle lane of the freeway, he's more likely to be drunk typing, on the phone, eating, or putting on makeup than he is drunk.

This is not a trivial offense, nor is it cool, but simply dangerous to the public.

The legislature is trying to deal with the unreasonableness and inability of some drivers with the regulation of technical aids, they bear the transfiguring name of assistance system.

Well intentioned so far, but badly done.

The mania for regulations knows no bounds, and politicians in Berlin and Brussels should realize that they are overshooting the mark if they were to deal with reality for a moment.

Electronic ghost hand

Apart from the spiraling costs, the technology is nowhere near as advanced as advertised in glossy brochures.

Everyone behind the wheel notices and knows that telling the truth about it in public is not considered opportune.

Let's just take the comparatively simple traffic sign recognition.

To this day, there is no system that is reliable in all situations. Anyone who trusts it blindly will drive into a town at 100 km/h and onto the motorway at 30 km/h.

The already questionable idea, one day as soon as possible, to (measure) the journey fully monitored by means of an electronic ghost hand, in any case led Stand now into chaos.

For this reason alone, autonomous driving lags far behind all the grandiose promises.

Incidentally, it can continue to do so for a number of reasons,

If a traffic sign that is displayed incorrectly in the cockpit is above all annoying, the lane departure warning systems are a plague.

Sometimes they steer better, sometimes worse, never well.

Sometimes they intervene where there is nothing to intervene, which is annoying at best, dangerous at worst.

Drizzle, snowfall, things like that put the systems on hiatus.

Praise goes to those cars in which the track holder can be switched off at least with a simple push of a button.

Unfortunately they are becoming rarer.

And who hasn't experienced the "risk of collision" flashing wildly red just because the emergency brake assistant, which makes sense in itself, has recognized a threat that doesn't even exist?

After fifteen minutes

Now the EU is studiously ignoring this at the next stage.

Cameras inside should monitor the driver and, if necessary, paralyze them, for example if they are allegedly overtired.

We describe the plan on the next page.

It has happened to us on several occasions that the drowsiness assistant in conjunction with the steering assistant warns us to take a break and keep our hands on the wheel.

And that after only fifteen minutes.

Just because we simply let the car run straight ahead on the freeway with a calm that is apparently unbelievable for the system.

The result of all the regulations is a constant beeping, flashing, shaking, which the driver's license holder, who just had confidence in his abilities, pushes away with resignation or tries to ignore.

That can't be progress.

More and more counterproductive disenfranchisement in the cars is not always necessary, a detoxification to the really safety-relevant technical helpers is urgently required.