Good point Mr.Roques, as per what I understood currently that platform doesn't provide those features, but it seems their own middleware (running as development environment) could allow them. Don't know other apps already available for car's control by voice.
This issue is that in-car technology, whether it is driver-assistance, navigation, or audio-selection tools, must be safe. OEMs need to do more tests and be more transparent about what the hazards are. At the same time, enforcement of dangerous habits needs to be stepped up, at least in the United States and Western Europe where drivers all-to-often are seen talking with their phone held to their ear or texting, clearly putting the lives of others at risk.
Driving today requires a lot of attention to what is happening around the car. At 60 MPH you go 88 feet every second, so there is a real need to pay attention to the task of driving. Stopped in traffic is a bit different, but still plenty of chance to bash another car or run over a pedestrian if your attention wanders.
The distraction of using a phone is not just the pushing of buttons or holding the phone, it is mostly the concentration on a "full duplex" conversation. No degree of hands-free can change that part. The big problem is that a real big part of the carriers profit comes from people talking while driving, which the result is just like it was with cigarrettes for so many years. With that much profit in question, safety will never win.
So the short answer is NO, it is simply not possible to use a smart phone while driving safely.
Of course, one change that would inprove the safety a lot would be to change the communications mode to push-to-talk simplex. That is the mode used by commercial 2-way radio operators for years, and it has a much better safety record.
@flyingscot, i think that the ban is to hold the mobile while driving but one can still use handsfree system. I might be wrong. But using handsfree system is as comparable to talking to the co-passanger.
@prabhakar_deosthali, it is not really possible these days to use the time that we spent in the car driving to relax our mental and physical muscles due to all the traffic, especially in India. Some of my colleagues prefer to come by bus or auto instead. Now, instead one chose to come by car and hopefully there is a car pool then car can be used as an alternative connection point. All i am implying is that the smart car is more useful with connectivity.
With new voice activated smart phones and other gadgets which will allow a hands free operation , it may be difficult for the policemen to spot such offenders. hence it is much more a necessity that the technology itself prevents such smart appliances being used while the vehicle is in motion. The drivers must park their vehicle to be able use such applications.
If a driver in the UK is spotted using a mobile device whilst driving the police will issue a fixed penalty of $100 and 3 penalty points on the driver's license. 12 points means a total driving ban. The law in the UK is very strict concerning driving distractions so it will be very interesting to see how in-car apps develop in the UK car market.
@TaimoorZ, it’s all depends up on the way and how we are using the devices. When compare with using the mobile while driving, voice interaction applications are much useful. But again it depends up on whether such applications are required or not, while driving. It depends and differs from person to person.
You are right on all the points and I agree with Bruce's statement that
"a system that will allow drivers to dictate and send emails and text messages with voice-activated commands." is a helpful use of technology for on the go tele-commuting for short discussions. The risk of its abuse is the danger that we all face on the road by tired and distracted drivers.
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