The Illusion of 'Hands-Free' Electronics

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Eldredge
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Eldredge   2/17/2012 1:36:31 PM
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Absolutely right - when the cars can self-navigate, the other bells and whistles won't be issues anymore. Not sure I want to be on the read the first time the navigation sysrtem goes haywire though.

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Kevin   2/15/2012 11:27:34 AM
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Hi Barbara,

Reading at a stoplight is one thing, doing it at 70 MPH in traffic is another.

When putting on make-up and doing the big hair (I'm in Texas) at least a person is looking up (in the twisted-sideways rear view mirror).

Please, bring on the Google self driving cars!

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Barbara Jorgensen   2/15/2012 8:56:04 AM
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@Kevin: I have snuck a glance at a book at red lights (the one that was in front of my now-extinct local Boarders) but quickly gave up after missing the light turning green. (In the Boston area, people either lay on the horn or drive right over you.) That's another pet peeve I have--people on the cell not watching the stop lights. And I agree on the highway cell user--they either slow down or begin to swerve. I have personally found it impossible not to reach for my cell phone when it rings or indicates I have a text message, which is why, unless I am going to be in the car for an extended period of time, I set it on vibrate. So far, I have had no situation that couldn't wait a half hour, or until I pull over, to be resolved (thank goodness.)

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Adeniji Kayode   2/15/2012 4:23:43 AM
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I agree with you on that

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Adeniji Kayode   2/15/2012 4:19:15 AM
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You are right but that is really a sincere costly asumption.

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prabhakar_deosthali   2/15/2012 12:38:12 AM
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Adeniji

I am all for the sophistication in the cars and Electronics is playing a very important role to enrich the driving comfort, security and protection against accidents.

But when it comes to the features which compromise the safety in terms of diverting the attention of the driver I think  we nned to think twice.

You cannot put such features in the hands of the driver and then caution him not to use them while driving. So it is better not to have such features ( texting, hands free talking on mobiles etc)  built into the cars. To use such features the driver should be forced to take his car off the road , stop the engine and the do whatever he wants.

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Tvotapka   2/14/2012 3:25:26 PM
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At least I didn't say 8-track!

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Kevin   2/14/2012 3:02:10 PM
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Barbra, I assume you were kidding about reading a book on the steering wheel but, I've seen that many time on my hour long drive to work every day.

The thing that irritates me most is the thing that I believe happens most often. Traffic is heavy but cruising smoothly at speed, then the guy's cell phone in the car in front of me rings, he immediately knocks five MPH off his speed. When he eventually hangs up he speeds back up. And, most annoyingly, when you go around him while he is talking, he gets mad once he hangs up because now I'm "in his way".

Grrr....

 

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Douglas Alexander   2/14/2012 2:39:08 PM
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Barbara, we all know TMI is "too much information" so I suggest a new acronym, TMT, Too much Tech. I think the Tesla also has side view, rear facing cameras that replace the low tech mirrors. Aside from the 17" monitor with Internet, now every time a Tesla driver changes lanes, if he/she does not also continue the good practice of glancing over the shoulder prior to changing lanes, the tendency will be to depend on the monitor and if the Tesla driver is using a non Tesla vehicle, the retrained brain may neglect to make that extra glance for safety and potentially cause an accident. We talk about programming tech equipment, but in reality, the tetchy stuff is programming us. I have been programmed to use my iPad for mobile email, my smartphone for stock updates, and I don't leave home without my iPad, smartphone, and car keys because all my friends and professional contacts know they can now reach me wherever and whenever. This is a whole other subject in itself.

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Barbara Jorgensen   2/14/2012 2:33:34 PM
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@Tim--A cassette?! Argh! I'm old enough to remember casettes...sigh.

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