Sure there's a big difference. The point was to give B25Nut something to compare it against since he is an aviation enthusiast. He also has some design experience. Have you every flown a fighter? I did for over 20 years. The comparison is the advancement of technology. The auto industry is just starting to add in advancements that have been around for years in aviation. Antilock(called antiskid in aircraft) brakes have been in aircraft for well over 50 years. But they only became common in cars in the last 15 years or so. Heads up displays, again, they have been around for years in aircraft, they are now finding there way into cars and trucks.
These are safety systems. Anything that can be done to improve the yohos (as you call them) situational awareness helps. One thing I never had to worry about when flying was the person in front of me slamming on their brakes because they dropped a cell phone or a cup of coffee. I also never had to worry the person next to me drifting into my lane because they were texting. The government is going to regulate what safety features are to be included with a car. Just like they did with the TPS system. The BLISS systems and traction control are next. I feel they are needed because people spend too much time doing other things (eating, texting, putting on make-up, talking to others in the car, talking on cell phones held by hand) to have enough situational awareness to drive safely.
One thing I did have to worry about was target fixation and loss of situational awareness during IFR conditions. That's why when flying, instrument scans and looking outside the cockpit is very important. Just like checking your gauges and scanning the traffic and traffic situations outside the car is equally important.
Here's a good example for you. I was number 2 for landing at an AFB and had a C-5 land gear up in front of me. Conditions, clear and a million. Cause, pilot and IP error, loss of situational awareness. The pilot was on a check ride, the IP was throwing failures and simulated failures at the crew. One of the things the IP did was to pull the landing gear warning circuit breaker. The crew lost situational awareness while dealing with the failures. The AT controller gave them a check wheels down, cleared to land call, and the crew acknowledged it. The pilot and crew short cut the landing checklist, and they along with the IP, missed the gear was up. With the gear warning breaker open, the aircraft was allowed to land with the gear up. If the gear warning horn went off, they could have gone around. But they ended up attempting a scrape and go that ended up as a gear up, scrape and full stop.
So, if you loose situation awareness in your car, these system may help. Otherwise you may end up hurting not only yourself, but someone else.
Edited by Sleddog, 18 November 2013 - 08:46 PM.