if you cant think of putting a car in neutral than how are supposed to find the panic button
The last thing a "stupid-enough-person-that-would-need-this-button" needs is another button.
"We are each free to believe what we want, and it's my view that my simplest explanation is: THERE IS NO GOD, no one created the universe and no one directs our fate." - Stephen Hawkings
Cars are just about the only thing people are allowed to operate where you aren't trained properly for what to do in a 'panic' situation. Every other piece of machinery requires much more involved emergency training, and reaction training and conditioning.
Perhaps people should be trained better and run thru scenario's. It is easy enough to train yourself to do the opposite of what might be a natural reaction. They do it in Germany (and other countries)... but heaven forbid - it costs quite a bit more to get a license. Since licenses seem to be a god given right, can't make it cost anymore then it does... Yet people complain their insurance is too high... I'd rather pay more up front and have cheaper insurance/safer roads for the 50+ years I'll be driving. $3000-5000 to get a license would seem cheap if your insurance was $500/yr instead of $1000/yr for 50 years.
Cars are not the problem... the operator is the problem. Same if true for majority of 'accidents' or faults with any type of equipment.
I am honestly in favor of a panic button or maybe even a fuel cut-off (if the system senses that the driver is standing on the brakes for a prolonged time). With an aging population, this sort of thing is going to happen more often. I'd much rather piss off a bunch of snarky internet car nerds by having an additional button on the dash of a car than have another granny mow down an outdoor farmers' market.
If not a panic button as such it is a good idea to have some sort of mechanical control. The computer controls everything in a modern car. It it really goes haywire maybe it won't let you turn it off, shift into neutral. I had to turn off a computer by the power supply switch once, it froze up so bad. The front switch not being mechanical did nothing even after being held for almost a minute.
That being said the brakes are still mechanical and should stop the car. This is a plane but if you can stop an almost million pound plane you can stop a car.
Past: 1998 Accord V6 LX
2007 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 2-24-11)
2009 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 9-19-11)
2003 Jetta GLS 2.slow (good riddance)
2010 VW GTI
Soooo the woman in the car chase, why couldn't she just pull the key out?
I still can't figure out why she couldn't shift to neutral, even with an auto, but I also don't drive a lot of autos and I know some have something called "shift lock" and I don't know what that does.
Why do we need an extra button. We just need need to be able to turn the vehicle off (by ignition or start button) and/or put into neutral.