As early as 2009 auto-manufacturers were boasting internet ready vehicle capabilities. But can they be implemented safely? At last years CES ( Consumer Electronics Show ) many car companies were showcasing their newest web implementations.
Onstar boasted an upcoming android app that would read text messages and facebook posts to the driver. Meanwhile Zoomsafer announced Fleetsafer vision which records wireless communication usage by drivers, allowing employers to keep an eye on company safety observation.
A number of companies are marketing anti-cellphone and driver statistic recording telematic systems for parents and employers, while an equally large number are promoting in car entertainment. For example, Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler made the statement, “The car of the future is part of the mobile (electronics) world and that is the future we are driving toward.”
The U.S. Dept. of transportation has already released statements that express serious concern over internet capable vehicles. Manufacturers have countered and shrugged off claims by stating that voice recognition software alleviates many of the current distractions.
Some of these advances seem practical and helpful, while others seem downright deadly to fellow motorists. Can we really be sure that entertainment for the passenger isn’t going to become distracting to the driver?
What is the difference between the CB radios of the 70s-80s and voice activated facebook? With companies going in both directions, which is right? Is it safe to add more distraction to driving? Feel free to leave a comment.
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