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

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

Refering to: Loud Audio Systems

I'm inclined to agree with your statement. Yes, loud sound systems. However, I have a 40 watt stereo which I can turn up loud enough to distract other drivers and drown out horns and sirens. (No, I don't do it...) Enacting more laws to restrict a) personal freedom and b) commerce is not the answer, particularly in light of hard facts showing that loud stereos are causing accidents/safety hazards. What I would like to see is legislation that expands the reckless driving laws in existance. If someone is talking on a cell phone and driving normally fine; if they're all over the road, it's reckless driving - punishable in most states by suspension of license. If someone is listening to a loud stereo, and is paying attention to the road and responding to danger, fine. If not, it's reckless driving. There are people who ARE capable of having in-car distractions such as cell phones and loud stereos. For example, I will talk hands-free on my cell phone (voice-dialing). On the other hand, some people are NOT capable. For example, I will not check my e-mail while driving, nor will I dial my phone by hand, because I know that I'm not capable of driving within my comfort level when doing so. This does not mean that I think that nobody is capable of it, so nobody should be allowed to do it - it simply means that I am not capable. As we've all heard, you cannot legislate common sense. In this case, however, you can take those drivers who do not practice it off of the road.

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

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