My Car Apparently Sends Text Messages

Our bathroom sink is clogged and, before work, I stopped at Wal-mart to pick up something to unclog it (it's the only store open that early in the morning).

This was a last-second decision and, since I didn't want my wife to do the same, I sent her a text from Wal-mart's parking lot to let her know. After getting to the office, I checked my phone to see if she replied and was surprised by this message:


At first, I was a little confused because I couldn't figure out why my wife was driving (my youngest daughter didn't have to be at school yet) or why she would text me to let me know that when she is opposed to texting and driving. Then, I realized the message came from my phone.

She apparently replied to me while I was driving and my car decided to reply back to let her know I was too busy driving to answer her. This was a complete surprise to me. I've never seen it do that and never knew it could.

On the surface, this is really cool. But, as someone who is always a bit leary of new technology, I can't help but wonder if this is starting us down a slippery slope. In the future, will we see cars sending text messages to the police when you're speeding? Will the car send you an angry text because you didn't get its oil changed? I'm starting to miss the days when cars weren't this smart.

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