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Slideshow: Solving the Driver Distraction Dilemma
11/7/2012

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The Ford Escape employs Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors to make it easier for users to see 'blind spot drivers' while keeping their eyes on the road.   (Source: Ford Motor Co.)
The Ford Escape employs Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors to make it easier for users to see "blind spot drivers" while keeping their eyes on the road.
(Source: Ford Motor Co.)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Blind Spot Mirrors: solutions?
Ann R. Thryft   12/5/2012 1:31:11 PM
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cvandewater, I know what you mean, having driven in all kinds of traffic for 40-plus years, much of dangerous and high-speed and/or rural while crossing creeks or navigating twisty windy steep mountain roads. In the incident I referred to, we were both signalling, but could not see each other's signal because we were almost parallel in the two lanes, and both slowing down at the same rate assuming the other guy would keep going at the previous rate. Point is, no matter what the safety designs are or how much attention is being paid, stuff happens at high speed in 4D.

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Re: Blind Spot Mirrors: solutions?
Charles Murray   12/18/2012 6:51:12 PM
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Ann, your situation is actually a good example of the value of the DSRC-based (dedicated short range communications) intelligent highway. On the intelligent highway, both of your cars would have known the other's intentions, even if the you, the drivers, could not see each other.

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wheely   12/19/2012 10:27:55 AM
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 I agree with Nadine & Ann. What happened to PAY ATTENTION. There is one thing that most people do daily that can hurt/kill them & it's drive a car. It' like eveyone wants to do anything but operate the car.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Blind Spot Mirrors: solutions?
Ann R. Thryft   12/28/2012 12:24:28 PM
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Thanks for that input, Chuck, that makes sense. OTOH, I'm not sure the entire infrastructure is worth building to solve primarily that problem. I think better mass transit systems are an excellent alternative.

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zeeglen   2/1/2013 7:59:01 PM
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@Robare,

Good points, but unless mandated by law no manufacturer will do this, and will take some time for all phones to incorporate this.

A similar function can be done to all phones, regardless of make or inclusion of GPS, if instead the cell service providers were mandated to disable service (except 911) to a moving phone.

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GTOlover   2/27/2013 9:44:42 AM
Yes! We should have a national registry of all phone owners. Make them get a permit to own a car and a phone at the same time. We would have to close that phone show loop hole as well. Every time they get into a car they have to secure their phones with an approved locking device. Oh and make sure to ban any phone that is scary looking. Then we could maybe have police do random inspections to make sure that all phones in vehicles are secure!

Afterall, why insist on people taking responsibility for their own actions, blame the devices and the manufaturers.

By the way, how does a passenger make a call if we follow your advice?

zeeglen
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zeeglen   2/27/2013 7:39:39 PM
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@ GTOIover

Easy.  The driver pulls over, stops the vehicle, and the passenger makes the call.  If they stop at a bar the passenger can have a drink too, something else the passenger cannot do in the vehicle.

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William K.   6/8/2013 10:06:40 AM
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There are two insurmountable challenges to totally disabling the cell phone in a moving vehicle, the first one being that it is quite safe for any passenger to make calls, and get calls, and the second reason is that the cell phone companies make so much money from it that they can out-lobby any opponents. Cell phones are just one more distraction,and while they are a serious problem, it allgoes along with a general condition of many peoplesimply being unwilling and unable to focus attention for more than a few seconds.

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Niel   9/4/2013 9:07:38 AM
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Well they can ban the use of hand-held phones, they've done so here, but the lure of Facebook or chatting to a friend outways the law...  Even vehicle integrated hands-free phone's are a distraction, passengers will shut up if you tell them to because you need to concentrate (spouses excepted, they just get angry), but few would even try to tell someone on the phone to do so, and even fewer the other end would do so. 

The 'always connected' society needs to break new ground and disconnecting whilst driving is one thing thats urgently needed.

 

 

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Fords blind spot mirros
Niel   9/4/2013 9:12:14 AM
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Ford integrated blind spot mirrors are a nice idea, useless when the driver can't be arsed to look, but a nice idea...

 

As a motorcyclist I find 80%+ of drivers rarely if ever look in their mirrors, except when checking their make-up or hair. That applies to BOTH sexes!

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