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Just generally speaking, it's probably easier to maintain a secret when nobody even knows there's a secret being kept. If you're going to torture someone to find out if they're a Hydra agent, you need to know enough to ask if they're a Hydra agent. Since nobody ever suspected that SHIELD was widely infiltrated by Hydra, it would've been easier to keep that sort of thing secret even under duress.
At least, that's a convincing enough explanation for me to maintain my suspension of disbelief.
Anyway, the "now I am dead" thing was probably a bad tangent to make, because it wasn't really the focus of what I was trying to get across.
My focus was: I am wary of cars becoming increasingly tied to fancier things that, when they fail, completely incapacitate the car. Like, once upon a time, there's a problem with my transmission? I hear a weird noise and I take it to the mechanic when I have a chance. My muffler is shot? My car is really noisy and I take it to the mechanic when I have a chance. Small things, I might even be able to fix it myself.
So what happens if my hi-tech automatic robo car gets a bug in the firmware? Okay, it doesn't kill me, that's nice. But if we're talking a system in which the outcome of a sizeable problem might be death the best failsafe is to just render the car inoperable. So now the smallish problem lands me without a car. Yay, progress?
We're already at the point where the only way to fix almost any kind of problem with your car is to take it to a mechanic with a $50k diagnostics machine so it can talk to your car's computer and figure out what's wrong, which renders a lot of fixes outside the capabilities of your average Joe. My father-in-law is a mechanic, and sees a decent number of cases in which a car's computer system goes out and basically bricks the car until it can be fixed. I guess I'm not wild about increasing the number of instances in which my car gets bricked for stupid software reasons.