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Drivers have always had to deal with one sort of distraction or another. Not so long ago, we were concerned with eating and/or drinking and driving (which are both stills problems, obviously). Today, it's cell phones, iPods, and satnavs. We cringe at the thought of what's next.

Although telematics technology is far from perfect, it's encouraging to see that manufacturers are building in safety controls on their own, rather than being mandated to do so by government agencies. We expect such oversight will eventually be legislated -- likely after a particularly grave incident -- but for now, developers seem to be on the right track. How quickly drivers will adapt to this new, internet-immersed driving environment, however, remains to be seen.

[Mashable]


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  1. Very nice to know that the Ford's Sync system is moving in the right direction to make your traveling with kids much more.... quiet!
     
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  2. I have never found the voice calling to work so well for me. Whats the point of even putting out a voice product that has no idea what the hell you are saying?
     
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  3. I bet that security guard that ended up in the creek after his hands-free cell scared him half to death would agree they can be distracting.
    At least he had a gun along to break the window and get out, I guess. Wonder when they'll start selling cars with hands-free guns?
    And skeptic: check out Ford's SYNC system. Recognizes everything perfectly in my experience.
     
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  4. I find that voice calling is definitely challenging in a car environment. blue tooth is still not perfect so i tend to use my earphone. I love that Ford is pushing the envelope as it comes to innovation- granted will take them a while to get the kinks out but still a very solid effort!!
     
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  5. Really, has everyone lost their mind? I simply refuse to talk to my friends if I perceive they're driving (easy; there's that half-second lag as they switch gears mentally) and then confirm it by asking. I'll call them back at a time & number of their choosing. Life is too precious. What part of "Don't talk on the phone in your car" don't these people understand? END OF STORY.
     
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  6. think the Ford Sync is directionally interesting. definitely agree, regardless of the advancements, talking in the car absolutely is / will always be distracting (particularly if it's a call in which tension/arguing/etc is involved :-) )
     
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  7. I have to agree with Snugger and then some. I'm an oddball who prefers to drive older cars. One of the reasons is simplicity. And that there are little to no distractions from the main reason to drive a car...to get where you want to go. And as safely as possible. My cell is only on if I am expecting a call, and while I do occasionally answer it on the road, it's short and only if there is little to no traffic around. Why people need video in an automobile just baffles me to no end. Do they need to be entertained during the 10 second stops in a traffic jam? Are people nowadays really that addicted to constant input from all the senses? If you need to talk on the phone in a busy area, pull over or use hands free. A talking dashboard would be the first thing I surgically remove from any vehicle I own, along with tone generators (formerly known as buzzers) and the 156 color instrument panel lights. These 'necessities' are probably the main reason I won't buy a new car. There are too many standard already. One that I would consider paying for however would be the paintball gun option, for use on the driver next to me oblivious to their car trying to swap paint with mine while texting on Facebook at 70 mph.
     
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