In-Vehicle Technologies: Experience & Research

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This page is devoted to discussions regarding specific in-vehicle technologies: cell phones, navigation systems, night vision systems, wireless Internet, and information and entertainment systems, among others. The purpose is to provide an avenue for drivers to share their experiences with, and impressions of these technologies so that benefits of these systems can be realized without causing unsafe driver distraction. Although specific in-vehicle devices are emphasized here, comment and discussion relevant to other non-technological or conventional sources of distraction are also welcome. Be sure to take or view results of our informal polls.

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Cell Phones
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Navigation Systems
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Night Vision Systems
Wireless Internet (E-mail)
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Information & Entertainment Systems
comments   Stereo systems with wheels   7/5/00 10:08:33 AM

comments   To My Kids   7/5/00 12:42:12 PM

comments   Agreement on noise level   7/7/00 1:18:28 PM

comments   TV on board.   7/8/00 9:48:27 AM

comments   drivers should be driving, not actively viewing anything other than road   7/8/00 10:17:54 AM

comments   Cell phones don't cause accidents, people do!   7/8/00 7:39:10 PM
Michael   Rudmin
Private Citizen

It occurs to me that we do have to be aware that driver stupidity can extend beyond technology. The most shocking case I can think of was where I was in a car, and the 19-year-old driver found a sci-fi novel to be too good to put down, and was on the interstate with a book on the wheel, "catching a sentence" whenever he could. Fortunately, there was nobody in the car besides the driver, and he was properly shocked at his own behavior and stopped it before someone got killed (since he's 30 now, I guess he learned his lesson the easy way.) Of course, that doesn't mean that something shouldn't be done about driving under the influence of infotech. But it does, perhaps, mean that it would be as inappropriate to ban all technology as it would be to ignore those who read their newspapers and such on the interstate (Washington DC morning traffic excepted). Rather, there should be a tie between the riskiness of the activity and whether it is banned. For example, outgoing voice email might be perfectly fine, while hands-free cell phones might still be a problem.

comments   That annoying noise   7/9/00 9:45:57 AM

comments   Cell phones (and other distractions) HELP people cause accidents   7/12/00 10:26:30 AM

comments   Audio-ONLY can be used safely by the person with good judgement   7/15/00 1:09:59 AM

comments   Annoying/Distracting Car Stereos are unsafe   7/15/00 11:15:40 AM

comments   Cell Telephones   7/17/00 3:18:27 PM

comments   Car Stereos worse than Cellphones   7/18/00 6:51:35 PM

comments   "Earthquake Sound" In Cars Has To GO!   7/18/00 7:42:03 PM

comments   Action Needed to Outlaw BOOM Cars   7/19/00 10:30:13 AM

comments   BAN TV's in vehicles!!!!   7/19/00 11:07:50 AM

comments   Prime-Time on the Dashboard   7/19/00 5:47:13 PM

comments   See Consumer Electronics Association statement   7/20/00 11:54:02 AM

comments   rolling temper tantrums   7/21/00 7:35:16 PM

comments   Car stereo designs are jokes   7/31/00 2:02:16 AM

comments   Loud Audio Systems    8/2/00 2:43:50 PM

comments   RE: Loud Audio Systems   8/2/00 9:26:19 PM

comments   True Americans   8/3/00 11:47:09 PM

comments   STEREO ON WHEELS   8/10/00 7:01:50 AM