It is a good message _hm; imo, it allow to focus on other point. Once achieved driving licence, it seems most people lose right knowledge of road signs. It is not good, maybe electronics could help people in learning back, no while they are driving, but at home for example, playing a sort of game. What about?
"As long as something is hands-free, it is considered safe"
Barbara is it right. I don't think so because anything which can divert your attention while driving is not safe. Even its hearing or talking or visualizing or whatever it may be and I think it's not advisable also.
You are right on that. every companies want to be on the cutting edge and in the minds of all consumers if possible and so are ready to fix- in what they feel will make more people to go for their products .
whose is to the blame in the case of an accident due to distracted driving as a results of these entertaiment devices- the driver who put his money on a company's product because he thinks that is the best for him or the company who is trying all effort to be at the top and satisfying it consumers
The onus is on the car driver and the device user to operate these added gadgets with due care.
@Anna, true onus is on the car driver but that doesn't mean manufacturers should provide more and more features which has the potential to distract the attention of the driver. I think the best solution would be to make driving fully automatic. Driver should have little control over the car, and car should automatically drive towards the destination using the GPS navigation.
I have heard of people being distracted by events outside of the vehicle.
@Bolaji, true. Many times we get distracted by events outside of the vehicle. One more factor which is the major cause of accidents is when drivers pull out unaware that that there is a car in their blind spot. Blind spot accidents are on the rise and that is the reason companies like Volvo and Mercedes have blind spot cameras that flash a warning onto the car mirror if they detect another vehicle.
Quite right Ariella. distraction whilst driving is a serious problem and would be practically impossible to legislate on everything. If the car manufacturers are expanding the gadgets on the dash boards to satisfy the market demand, well it'll happen anyway. The onus is on the car driver and the device user to operate these added gadgets with due care. The point is as drivers we have to take responsibility for our actions or inactions.Whether "hands free or not", Common sense dictates that it is unsafe and unwise to pick up your calls whilst driving or allow yourself to be distracted by a damsel walking or driving past you or whatever - confession of Bolaji (lol). Yes I agree additional distraction?, hey it's happening anyway - we already have it everywhere, our smartphones, talking in the car etc.
@Barbara, great post. Its surprising to know that those companies which advice the safety features are themselves providing features which might compromise safety. I feel most of these companies are forced to provide such features because they don't want to be seen as companies which don't adopt innovation.
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