Nanny-car syndrome will get worse, as traffic density and automotive performance increase; as manufacturers turn cars into rolling offices, restaurants, I'm-so-wired communicators and DVD entertainment centers; and as driver competence plummets.
Stephan Wilkinson, "Man & Machine," Popular Science, December, 2003
Federal regulators are urging automakers to install devices that chime, buzz, beep, blink and otherwise nag you until you fasten your seatbelt. Ford uses such gadgets, and others may follow.
Seatbelts save lives. They would save a lot more if we could get our usage up from the current 73 percent of motorists.
The feds also are about to require sensors that will warn the driver of underinflated tires. If tire pressure is low, warning lights will come on until the tires are properly filled. That's going to require a lot of badgering, because only about 11 percent of motorists properly check their tires.
Down the road, perhaps, the nanny car will have devices that monitor body fat and cholesterol. If they're too high, the car won't start.
Instead a flashing display on the dashboard will say: "You're too fat. Get out and walk."
"Coming soon: nagmobile," The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), October 15, 2002
Ross Tieman, "When the car starts to take the big decisions," Financial Times (London, England) , June 6, 2001
A couple of synonyms for nanny car are nanny-mobile (2002) and nagmobile (2002), the latter seen in the headline of the second example citation.