My new Subaru Outback is insidious. It can control my behavior with the slightest of effort. How? Here is how:
That little display of numbers changes the way I drive. Already, I drove conservatively but now I am veritable hypermiler. If the display drops below a certain number I am gliding to stops from further back and coming off the line at an intersection with a little more care. It is brutal how much of a slave I am to three little digits!
Apparently, the science of feedback loops is well documented. I used to kind of scoff at the displays in the Ford Fusion Hybrid as gimmicks. That is until I had one staring at me with its cold eye of disapproval at my slightly sporty acceleration or failure to maximize a gliding opportunity. Damn you MPG display!
Note: The display is liking me today. 23.4 miles per gallon from all in town driving. Oh yeah!