• MichaelThwaite avatar MichaelThwaite Posted: 4/26/2012 7:37am PDT

    I would welcome a system where my calls are sent to voicemail automatically however, I'd like an option for the caller to 'insist' it was urgent and have that passed through.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 4/26/2012 8:20am PDT

    There are numerous apps that do exactly that, and if I remember correctly, you can set up a "safe list" of people who can get through at any time. Whether folks could get through if they're not on that list, I can't say.

  • fb_100002911448773 avatar Mike Posted: 4/26/2012 8:37am PDT

    Given that you can do a study to prove just about any point you want to make, I have difficulty believing a hands-free call is more distracting than a conversation with a passenger. I have yet to turn my head during a hands-free call to make eye contact with the person I am speaking with. I also find myself using far less hand gestures to make my conversational point, when I know the person I am speaking to cannot hear me. If we are trying to ban driver distraction, then everything needs to go - bluetooth, handheld devices, passengers, radios, billboards, scenery, etc. No question texting or having a phone up to your ear while driving is also a hazard. But until America is ok with eliminating all of the above leave bluetooth alone.

  • fb_100002911448773 avatar Mike Posted: 4/26/2012 8:38am PDT

    Oops. "cannot see me." Not "cannot hear me."

  • fb_501227726 avatar Chad Posted: 5/4/2012 9:16am PDT

    In your article you state, "...when the National Transportation Safety Board proposed banning all calls for drivers -- both hand-held and hands-free." however the very article you linked says, "...today the National Transportation Safety Board nonetheless recommended a nationwide ban on the use of handheld cell phone and text messaging devices while driving. HANDSFREE SYSTEMS, passengers, and emergency circumstances are EXEMPTED from the recommendation"

    Of the two articles, one of them has to be wrong.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 5/4/2012 10:33am PDT

    Thanks for catching that, Chad. I'm afraid I wasn't clear about that -- though in my defense, the NTSB hasn't been totally clear, either.

    The NTSB's goal is to stop drivers from taking calls, period. They've spent a lot of time arguing that *conversations* are distractions, no matter whether drivers are talking with hands-free or hand-held devices.

    However, the NTSB recommentations did make allowances for OEM and other hands-free systems like Ford Sync -- even though we have a serious hunch that they'd like to outlaw those systems, too.