• Krystal Kid Posted: 9/16/2009 8:14am PDT

    80% percent of all rear end collisions are caused by driver inattention, following too closely, external distraction (talking on cell phones, shaving, applying makeup, fiddling with the radio or CD player, kids, texting, etc.) and poor judgement. I don't think there's a way to stop the madness so I got one of these sparebumper.com

  • marty avatar Marty Posted: 9/15/2009 11:47am PDT

    In all seriousness, good question, Tom -- and good to see you still hanging around TCC. Aside from personal rights -- don't know if New Hampshire, say, would go along on a state by state basis--but what do you do when telematics lets you "text" by voice? And does Ford want talking and texting off the radar at the expense of losing the profit-heavy SYNC system?

  • marty avatar Marty Posted: 9/15/2009 11:42am PDT

    What? Sorry, couldn't understand, I was making a left turn across two lanes of traffic.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 9/11/2009 2:48pm PDT

    As an addendum to this piece--
    Spokesman Wes Sherwood stresses that Ford is also in agreement with a statement made above -- that the best option for safety is to refrain from talking or texting at all while driving. The automaker remains one of the most dedicated companies toward driver-distraction research, using its VIRTTEX driving simulation lab -- which we hope to visit sometime in the near future -- to study these issues.

  • R2Dad Posted: 9/11/2009 9:06am PDT

    Huge opportunity for maybe Motorola or LG, who are also-rans in the handset market, to come up with a voice-to-txt solution that is easy to use.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 9/11/2009 8:48am PDT

    Tom, it's been one of those states' rights issues until recently, when the evidence -- at least regarding the physical act of texting -- overwhelmingly suggests that it's causing excess injuries and fatalities. The Governors Highway Safety Association has now even come out for it.

  • Tom Posted: 9/11/2009 7:44am PDT

    I'm just curious. Can anyone put forward a valid argument as to why there shouldn't be a ban on texting while driving?