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What used to be a thing of fantasy or science fiction is now on a fast track of becoming a reality.

More and more cars now have “smart car” features, ranging from sophisticated navigation systems to smart braking controls.  These “smart” technologies include: electronic stability control systems  to prevent skids; technology that answers text messages so you can keep your eyes on the road; radar that  warns of other vehicles and objects that might cause a crash based on your speed and proximity; adaptive cruise control that adjusts speed to keep a safe distance between vehicles (one of the main defensive driving techniques) ; and sensors that help you navigate into parallel-parking spaces.

Some futurists predict a day when technology will connect intelligent vehicles with high-tech highways to provide a seamless flow of traffic.

Google also has been working on self-driving cars that use artificial-intelligence software. Still years from commercial production, the prototypes have shown promise. Seven Google test cars have driven 1,000 miles without a human in control.

Such cars could open up new transportation possibilities for people who are disabled or otherwise unable to drive. It’s even possible that “smart car” technology could lead to cheaper car-insurance rates.

But will all these changes steal the fun from driving? Does it take fun out of driving?

Would love to hear your thoughts.