But I feel we have lost something in the driving experience/ability where we rely on the car and not the driver with all the electronic driving aids on today's car's which in a way possibly contribute to some road incidents, drivers are immune/cocooned to driving conditions as they feel invincible behind the wheel of their cars
I agree Otto, a lot of the basic skills of driving seem to have been lost in the mists of time.
Power steering means that you can now 'dry-steer' quite easily, you need sensors to tell you when the tyres are under-inflated (never a need for that in the manual steering days).
Cars which park themselves, active cruise control, seats which vibrate when drifting out of the lane - its like motoring is being 'dumbed-down' in many ways, and the driving populace (on the whole) seem quite happy to embrace this. Driving has gone from being a source of pleasure in itself, which allows you to reach the horizon, to an expensive daily drudge - a chore to be rescued from.
Regarding the immunity aspect - that was first noted around 30 years ago, and was behaviour specific to Volvo drivers - as car safety has become more sophisticated & widespread, so has this behaviour. I once read (I think it was the great George Bishop of CAR magazine) who said, car safety would increase if the standard of driving were to increase, and instead of a cushion sprouting from the steering wheel - a sharpened spike was present - that would provide all the motivation to the driver.
A good debate, cars are more capable than ever, but the opportunities to enjoy this, are much less.
Progress can sometimes just mean that things are different, rather than better.