The Michael Hastings death has led to the revelation that our cars can be hacked remotely. At the same time, this CNN article details 11 car features that are becoming obsolete.
After reading the articles on the same day, I've decided to keep my stick shift until past its dying day and maybe even stock up on another one.
If my car suddenly accelerates, I want to be able to step on the clutch and shift it to neutral rather than hoping that the computers will let me shift it there and then obey if I get it into the neutral position. I want a handbrake rather than relying on a computer to do the same thing.
And I don't want the other on the road "driving" while putting on their makeup, shaving , or texting.
Can driving a stick be annoying? Hell yes! But with cars essentially being driven by computers these days, I have to think that cars are getting safer, but driving is not.