Integrating Mobility & Safety

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Jay_Bond
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Jay_Bond   2/23/2012 7:19:55 AM
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While some of this new technology is great, some of it just adds to the distractions already present. The most obvious change would be with voice controls. If you can speak to your GPS and then receive directions, you would have no need to look at the map or try to program it while driving. Clearly we can't stop everybody from doing things behind the wheel that are inapproriate while driving, but we can make tougher laws for those who choose to be unsafe. Enforce these laws, and some people will have second thoughts.

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What about mind
WaqasAltaf   2/23/2012 8:28:23 AM
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"Keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel is clearly the priority. "

Few years back i saw a documentary of discovery channel where they tested a drunk man driving a car and a man who was talking on the mobile phone while driving. The outcome of the comparison based on the analysis by psychologists (or some other specialists) revealed that the concentration level on driving of both guys was similiar i.e. unacceptable for safety.

The point I am trying to make is that importance of mind (concentration level) is as important as eyes and hands.

While I see most communication or other tech devices as an obstacle to concentration of the driver, I also am unable to deny the numerous benefits that flow to the drivers. 

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Emphasizing safety
Barbara Jorgensen   2/23/2012 8:52:35 AM
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I wonder if the auto industry or an auto brand would ever consider changing its marketing strategy to advertise cars as a quiet haven away from it all. All the ads I see emphasize the bells and whistles of being constantly connected, yet my favorite part of driving (as long as I am alone) is listening to my music, not have three phones ringing and a bunch of other things going on all at once.

There are a few like that--a Mom locks herself in a minivan to relax

I think drivers should have the option to be connected, but encouraged not to use capability unless necessary (like OnStar and an accident.)

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Eldredge   2/23/2012 9:17:10 AM
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@Barbara

Unfortunaltely, I don't think that encouraging drivers not to use the capability to be connected while driving will work. Connectivity is an addiction.

 

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elctrnx_lyf   2/23/2012 12:46:31 PM
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I do not understand how government can do anything impactful to actually take care of this issue. If the person himself doen't care for himself how does the government imlications on automative mfrs will help. The only way is to spread across the awareness and let the people know the dangers associated with distracted driving.

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stochastic excursion   2/23/2012 3:27:24 PM
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Devices targeted by proposed regulations are mainly those that interact visuals with hand operated input.  Since GPS has a visual component, even eliminating manual input may not keep it off the banned deviecs list.

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Barbara Jorgensen   2/23/2012 4:14:58 PM
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I fear you are correct. Somehow, that's an addiction I have managed to avoid. Chocolate, on the other hand...

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prabhakar_deosthali   2/24/2012 7:07:30 AM
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In case of any issue related to distracted driving, it is not only the distracted driver (and his vehicles occupants) who are at the risk of an accident, but they can also be the cause of accident to the vehicles following, leading or in the side lanes.

Hence such issues caanot be left to just guidelines , but there have to be safety interlocks put in by the technology built into the vehicles  so that such distracted driving does not happen.

Such safety interlocks could be in the form of disabling such features when the vehicle is in motion, checking the driver's eye balls and giving if audio alerts when he gets distracted  and so on.

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Eldredge   2/24/2012 10:03:19 AM
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I suspect the types of interlocks that you suggest are planned in the implementation, but hte guidelines aren't going to be so detailed as to define how to accomplish it.

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WaqasAltaf   2/25/2012 8:17:00 AM
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@elctnx_lyf

Well I think government can play a role. It can recommend traffic police officials to catch violators. I can impose safety regulations that need to be complied by the manufacturers if they are to put the product on market; i.e. by restricting them to install all necessary functions that are helpful in maintaining driver's concentration if he wants to use tech devices while driving. Orientations programmes for people applying for licenses is another way to ensure safety regulations are followed.

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