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)
   Speech-based Interaction with In-vehicle Computers: The Effect of Speech-based E-mail on Drivers’ Attention to the Roadway   5/31/00 11:52:26 AM

   E-Distraction: The Challenges for Safe and Usable Internet Services in Vehicles   5/31/00 12:04:41 PM

comments   Speech based E mail on drivers attention   7/6/00 1:42:05 PM

comments   E distractions the challenges   7/6/00 2:02:33 PM

comments   wireless internet (e-mail)   7/6/00 3:03:22 PM

comments   Hmmmmm....   7/11/00 7:36:53 AM

comments   Talk and Drive   7/12/00 11:27:20 AM

comments   talking to computers vs. talking to humans   7/12/00 12:49:01 PM

comments   talking to computers vs. talking to humans   7/12/00 12:49:21 PM

comments   This is an absolutely absurd idea   7/15/00 12:35:08 AM

comments   You *can* safely use e-mail while traveling...   7/15/00 11:47:07 AM

comments   Its a basic answer...   7/15/00 4:40:55 PM

comments   Cars MUST be connected to the internet.   7/15/00 10:41:58 PM

comments   voice controled emails   7/16/00 11:46:17 AM

comments   Re: OnStar   7/17/00 4:26:21 PM

comments   Outlaw this dangerous distraction   7/19/00 9:15:56 AM

comments   Importance of life   7/19/00 10:54:48 AM

comments   You're nuts!   7/19/00 11:01:06 AM

comments   Time Waits for No one, nor do Emails   7/19/00 1:50:15 PM

comments   RE: Outlaw this dangerous distraction   7/19/00 2:07:37 PM

comments   Driver use is the problem, not passenger use   7/25/00 2:16:35 PM

comments   The Future vs. the Past   7/25/00 7:28:38 PM

comments   The Future vs. the Past   7/25/00 7:28:44 PM

comments   Conversation   7/26/00 10:14:57 AM

comments   No, You're nuts! Cars MUST be connected to the internet.   8/1/00 11:03:37 AM

comments   WHY???   8/5/00 9:00:13 AM

comments   You're Nuts   8/8/00 11:18:09 AM

comments   voice email   8/11/00 10:41:31 AM

comments   RE: You're Nuts   8/12/00 1:27:31 AM
Submitted Anonymously
Private Citizen

Refering to: You're Nuts

I totally agree with you. Idiot drivers with cell phones in their vehicles have already caused serious accidents. Unfortunately, I already experienced that first hand just over 2 years ago. A truck driver got so distracted by fiddling with a phone, he didn't see the line of traffic that was stopped ahead of him where there was a red light. Still oblivious to his surroundings he crashed into the back of my car, knocking it into the vehicles stopped in front of me. I sustained a severe head injury, fractures in my face, base of my skull and both middle ears. Combined with that, the bones in my right shoulder and upper arm were shattered. As a result, I had to have a total shoulder replacement. I've also been robbed of my tears, adequate saliva, and moisture in sinuses due to nerve injuries. These problems cause painful conditions in my face, eyes and severe dry mouth. Recently, I saw a cartoon in the Washington Post that sums it up perfectly. In the cartoon, there are two men in a vehicle. The driver is looking down at the console between the front seats, tapping away, just mesmerized with all the wireless features. He says to the passenger "Yep...Got my cellphone, my pager, my internet link, my wireless fax, and thanks to this nifty satellite navigating system, I know precisely where I am at all times!". As he is saying this, there is an image of the front of a huge truck heading right at their windshield. The passenger has this frozen look of fear on his face, with his hair standing on end. I don't know what happened to common sense. There is already such a problem with cell phone distractions, and now they want to add Internet access on top of that!? Aside from a cure for idiot drivers, I can think of only one other impossible invention that can allow this to take place. That would be a magic wand. Then, the victims of these accidents waiting to happen (and some that already have) can be cured of all their injuries and ailments with that magic wand.

comments   RE: Cars MUST be connected to the internet.   8/12/00 2:45:22 AM

comments   RE: No Your Nuts! Cars MUST be connected to the internet   8/12/00 7:42:00 AM
Information & Entertainment Systems