@DennisQ Car manufacturers have included the option of built in devices for the entertainment of those in the backseat for quite a few years now. I've made do without it as a parent, but I can understand the attraction for those constantly badgered by "Are we there yet?" or the bickering that tends to ensue when children are bored of sitting for so long.
Based on past experience, I would be wary of touch screen technology in anything more important than a handheld game or small appliance. In an automobilr appication, I expect a 10 year life at a minimum for essential devices. I think your article title says it all.
@Ariella, that's a good link, and I do agree somewhat on their overall concern.
This is a tough one. On one hand, it is clear consumers want more connectivity built-in to their cars. On the other hand, certain features could truly affect consumer safety: besides the obvious problems associated with distracted driving, you certainly wouldn't want someone to be able to defrost, as Barbara mentions.
I think it's very important to ensure that implementation of such control schemes will not potentially leave the driver unable to perform certain crucial tasks. It's fine if they can't play MP3s, but if they can't access basic, expected features that have been standard in cars for 10-20 years, that's a big problem.
All this being said, I think there are less issues in regards to putting technology into the backseats of cars to keep kids entertained. If anything, the ability to keep kids occupied and entertained may result in increased driver safety!
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