Thoughts from Jason Williamson, Director of Marketing
I knew it would be an interesting night when my host grinned at me and asked, “What’s the fastest you’ve ever traveled in a car?”
As the car doors thunked solidly shut, I realized that any answer I would have given would soon be irrelevant. In moments, we were driving on the Autobahn. The engine of our vehicle purred joyfully. The speedometer hovered at around 215 kph. (For those of us with an Imperial frame of reference, that’s about 133 mph.)
Thoughts came and went as quickly – nearly as rapidly as the trees passing my window.
I’ve had many discussions about ease-of-use and driver distraction in conference rooms over the years. This is the kind of scenario that really crystallizes all of those discussions in your brain – and drives home the importance of the work that automakers and Altia dedicate to keep drivers informed while being focused on the road. Even at half the speed of my vehicle, an extra or too-long glance to change the radio or turn up the heat could prove to be fatal.
Thankfully, my skilled German “chauffeur” and the fruits of the labors of countless automotive engineers made sure that my first visit to Germany (and to 133 mph) was a safe and enjoyable one.